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EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT: LaDell Emmons
Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development
County Assignment: Pittsburg County, 12 years
Pittsburg County is located in the heart of Southeastern Oklahoma. We are home to
“Little Italy” where the world famous Italian Festival is held yearly. Agri-tourism
includes wineries, historic antique shopping and water recreation with four lakes.
LaDell Emmons is a 4-H Pawnee County Alumni and taught Family & Consumer Science for 22 year at McAlester High School. When she became an Extension Educator, a lifetime dream was fulfilled. She always knew OSU Extension was for her.
LaDell believes in continual learning by being certified in ServeSafe through the National Restaurant Association, Arthritis Foundation Land Exercise program, and PRIDE (Producing Resourceful Informed Devoted Employees).
LaDell conducts CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health), a yearly afterschool program for the McAlester Boys and Girls Club involving nutrition and physical education. An additional special focus is placed on teaching TANF clients the skills of family finance, nutrition, and clothing maintenance for their families.
She administers OrganWise Guys programming to 6 area schools. OWG provides an unusual
approach to healthy eating for younger children, K-5th grades. She embraces teaching
healthy lifestyles rather than food regulation to 1153 students.
LaDell is the advisor for the four Pittsburg County Home and Community Education groups which has a 17 year history as Baby Fair organizers through an Ambassador grant. The Baby Fair host 38 area government/health agencies and served 1500 area residents seeking parenting information.
LaDell loves to involve secondary school students from FFA and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America-formerly FHA) in extension programming. They are trained in the financial literacy program, “Raising Young Readers” and in providing nutritional assemblies to OrganWise Guys audiences. With her past history as advisor to FCCLA, she recognizes the mentoring component of developing leadership skills of these Career Tech groups, many who are current 4-H members. It also strengthens the introduction of youth to Family and Consumer Science careers.
“As a child, I knew 4-H was the springboard that could launch me in a career involving communication. Public speaking, parliamentary procedure, music, and family issues may seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum but was a great fit in the Family and Consumer Science format”, says LaDell. “I couldn’t think of a more fulfilling career than helping people strive to enrich the lives of their families. I am truly blessed.”