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EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT: Julie Starr Staiger
Julie Starr Staiger, Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences / 4-H Youth Development in Pushmataha County, has worked in extension for 6 years.
Julie’s mom worked in extension when she was small and her dad worked as a Vocational Ag instructor and then for USDA. Julie was a very active 4-Her in Cherokee County, while in 4-H she was named a state project winner in Consumer Education. She always wanted to be able to give back what extension, 4-H and FCS had given to her. Julie began her career in December 2009 with OCES in Harmon County as the 4-H/FCS Extension Educator. In February 2013, Julie moved to Pushmataha County as the 4-H/FCS educator.
Julie has been involved in wide variety of FCS and 4-H programs for youth and adults. She currently serves as a member of the Health, Hunger, and Risky Behaviors Issue Teams. Julie conducts a variety of lessons including youth summer day camps and adult Extension CAFÉ programs. Her favorite would be “Active Parenting 4th Edition” which helps parents sharpen their parenting skills, reunite with parents with children or reinstate visitation with children. She is a certified Active Parenting instructor and presented a workshop with other county educators, district and state specialists at the 2014 NEAFCS meeting in Lexington, KY. Julie currently received a CEFCS Ambassador grant for funds to continue teaching Active Parenting in Pushmataha County. Julie recently attended the LEAD (Live Well, Eat Well, Be Active with Diabetes) Program and is currently teaching LEAD classes as an Extension CAFÉ program.
In addition, she also conducts numerous programs in areas of co-parenting, financial education and job readiness. Julie also enjoys working with the Pushmataha County Oklahoma Home & Community Education group and serves on two advisory boards in Pushmataha County.