Hometown: Lebanon, Mo.
Family: Husband Tyler (pictured at right)
In Town: Carrie Green has been working at Joel E. Barber C-5 School District in Laclede County, Mo., as a reading intervention specialist paraprofessional for five years.
“I take small groups of kids and work with them in a small group setting to work on their reading skills,” she explained.
Carrie is changing careers, but plans to remain in education.
“I will be student teaching in the fall and hopefully the following year I will have my own classroom,” she said, adding her degree will be in elementary education.
In the Country: Carrie and her husband Tyler are part of a generational farming operation, and they have both been involved in agriculture their whole lives.
Carrie and Tyler have a mixed commercial cattle herd, which they operate with Carrie’s parents, John and Tonya Sanwald. They also are active in John and Tonya’s pasture-based laying operation.
Carrie admits she enjoys the cattle side of the operation, which she hopes to expand in the next few years, more so than the layers, but she would not trade the farming way of life.
“It’s just nice to come home to the quiet,” Carrie said.
Carrie was a member of 4-H and FFA growing up and showed market hogs at the local fair for many years, and her family is very involved in the Laclede County Fair. While not a member of the board, Carrie works where needed, and helps with livestock shows and other tasks.
“It’s just what we’ve always done,” Carrie said. “It just comes naturally. I like to see the youth in agriculture. I like to see them grow up with the same values that I did,” Carrie said.
As Carrie moves on in her career, she plans to hold onto her roots and incorporate a little agriculture in the lessons she brings to her students.
“I want to show them every-day life on the farm and what you have to do,” she said. “For those kids who come from farms, I want them to be able to share what they do on their farms with their classmates.”