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Educator Spotlight: April Cole

April Cole
April is in her fourth year of employment with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. She is the Sequoyah County Extension Educator where she has 50% responsibility for Family and Consumer Science and 50% responsibility for 4-H Youth Development.  She is also the Sequoyah County Extension Director.
April works with an array of patrons and presents a variety of programming. Issue teams in Sequoyah County consist of health, hunger and resilience. She teaches many programs throughout the county including home food preservation, nutrition classes, Pathways to Success, Learn to Grow, Character Critters, Tai Chi, Walk with Ease, OrganWise Guys, Co-Parenting for Resilience, among several others.

 

She has developed curriculums for workshops, seminars and classes that focus on nutrition and disease prevention, food safety, cooking, recipe modification, MyPlate, weight management, diabetes management, physical fitness and a long list of other nutrition and food-related topics.

April is actively involved in the Sallisaw NOW Coalition, the Community Health Improvement Organization (CHIO), and Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP). She currently serves as co-chair of the Diabetes committee for CHIO.  April loves to partner with various agencies and individuals to provide the county with a health fair, nutrition classes, and various other community events.

April Cole with Senior Citizens
April Cole Assisting others

 

She enjoys working with the 4-H clubs in her county teaching and offering them canning, yoga, sewing, healthy living skills, livestock workshops, wildlife days, and shooting sports. April also works closely with the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group in her county which is very active in the community with volunteering, providing scholarships, educational lessons, and projects.

One of her favorite things about her job is working with many different people each day on a variety of topics.  “I have always been passionate about helping others. In OCES, I have a unique opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives as well as improving their living conditions.   The county clientele range from young to the aged. I know that when I work with these individuals, I am helping them and making a difference in their lives by providing them research-based, unbiased, accurate information which will ultimately make a positive difference in their lives.”

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