New Assistant Extension Agent Joins Runnels County’s Office


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RUNNELS COUNTY – Kellie Morris joins the Texas A&M Extension Office in Runnels County as the new Assistant County Extension Agent.

Morris, originally from Mesquite, TX, arrived at the Runnels County Extension Office a little over a month ago and joined the office led by Extension Agent Marty Vahlenkamp, ​​along with Family and Community Health Agent Kandice Everitt, IPM Agent Haley Kennedy and office / support employee Becky Wyatt.

Morris lived in Stephenville for 10 years before moving to Baird High School as an Ag high school teacher. She graduated from Tarleton State where she completed her bachelor’s degree in agricultural services and development with an emphasis on advisory support concentration. Morris had minor subjects in animal science, as well as family and consumer studies. However, she wasn’t finished with her studies. She finished her college career with a Masters degree in Agriculture and Consumer Products. During his studies, Morris was a student teacher who taught agricultural science and consumer science for several years.

The 30 year old Assistant Extension Agent’s résumé includes teaching positions at 3 different high schools, the youngest being Baird High School. Morris said she enjoyed her apprenticeship years, both as a teacher training student and later as a teacher after graduating from college.

Morris was an FFA advisor while teaching at Baird. While in Callahan County, she worked at both FFA and 4H, working as a local extension service agent. Her love for anything Ag related began when she was a student at Gilmer High School. “The Ag teachers there shaped me and taught me to be successful.”

Morris’ degree in Extension Support Concentration helped her enter the Runnels County Extension office: “Coming here in Runnels County was a really good opportunity. When I was in Baird, I thought about the great opportunities it had I wanted to be in the public eye and get involved. When the opportunity arose to get into this office, I took it. I love agriculture and nutrition and health. “

A website, www.withfrank.org, shows that 80% of college students change major at least once. This is one of the areas Morris wanted to help her students prepare for college. “I was trying to help these kids become interested in what they really wanted to do. I switched my major 8 times.”

Morris, unmarried, travels light: “I have my four-legged, furry family.” The family includes her dog Mollie and her champion futurity horse Kid. The name “Kid” is an understatement for the 16-hand chestnut quarter horse that looks like equine perfection. “He acts like a kid and has a funny personality.” She enjoys taking the massive horse with her on rides.

At home in Mesquite, her father Philip was a postman for 36 years before he recently retired: “He was very close to his customers. Now he gardens and works on the farm. Her mother Teresa is an accountant. Morris has a brother, Clayton, who is seven years older, who is a police officer, and he also visited Tarleton where he was on the rodeo team.

One of her pastimes is a new endeavor: “I started bow fishing. It’s great fun. We look for and hunt carp at night. We grind the fish and use them as fertilizer.”

As she gets used to her duties, she is currently available to give presentations to community groups such as Rotary and the Lions Club. She is also available to speak to other groups who are interested in anything.

In case you happen to stop by the Extension Office to say hello to the new Assistant Extension Agent, she likes goat cheese with herbs.

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