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From student to teacher

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Austin Blaine, who is serving an internship at Milan High School, while attending college is photographed with Monroe County Community College president, Kojo Quarty.

By Joyce Ervin

Austin Blaine, a 2019 Milan High School graduate, didn’t stay out of the classroom for long. He reports to the school each day assisting agriscience teacher, Tom Stahl, through a clerk ship/internship as part of his studies, as a student at Michigan State University.
Stahl keeps him busy with assisting teaching his AG leadership class, grading papers for the zoology and botany classes and even helping in his Dundee classroom. Stahl said, “I am very proud to have Austin interning at the school with his internship toward teaching agriscience and FFA.”
Blaine was an active member of FFA while in high school volunteering regularly and serving as the reporter sophomore year; VP junior year and president senior year. Stahl said, “Austin was a very active and determined student, FFA member and FFA officer when/while he attended Milan High School.”
He is still a conscientious student enrolled in both Monroe County Community College and MSU. Some of his classes he takes online. These classes will lead to Blaine earning an associate’s degree before he continues his education at MSU seeking a teaching certificate and bachelor’s degree in argiscience.
Before completing a four-year degree, Blaine plans to continue his quest for public office. He said, “I am waiting till after serving the people to continue my education.” He is seeking the office of state representative for the 56 district in the primary 2020 election that encompasses the southern and western sections of Monroe County, including Dundee, Petersburg, Temperance and Milan.
Blaine feels his educational and work experience will enhance his ability to deal with what he deems immediate problems like the roads, the education system, taxes and the governor. He said, “So that is why I am running now. I feel like these issues if led under the current direction by politicians, who plan on staying in office until they retire, these issues will never be solved.”
Through working for the family business, A&J Paving Co. in Willis, Blaine feels that experience will help him understand roads and infrastructure. An added bonus will be summers off from teaching to work the family business.
Stahl said, “Austin seems to be determined in his current career choice… an internship is a great way to get an even “clearer view” of the job and duties of an agriscience teacher and FFA advisor.”
Blaine sums up his experience with, “I absolutely loved FFA and it feels absolutely amazing to be back in the classroom. I know for sure this is where I want to be eventually.”

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan. She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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