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Educator Spotlight: Melody Ennis
Okmulgee County is home to the Creek Nation Tribal headquarters and Oklahoma State University- Institute of Technology. Other points of interest include the Nuyaka Mission, Deep Fork National Wildlife refuge and Okmulgee State Park.
Melody Ennis serves as the Family and Consumer Science /4-H Youth Development educator in Okmulgee County. She has been with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service since June 2010. She has lived in Okmulgee County most of her life except for a short time after she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Foods, Nutrition and Institution Administration. While attending OSU, Melody was torn between family and consumer sciences and agriculture. It would only be natural for her to still be involved heavily in both of these fields of study.
Melody is married to Steve Ennis, a cattleman from the Nuyaka community. They raise crossbred cattle and a few Quarter horses. Along with their children, they have a passion for agriculture and animals. While growing up, Melody was active as a 4-H member in various projects and competitions. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, horses, land judging, pasture and range judging and attending State 4-H round-up. In later years, she continued serving the 4-H community as a leader, volunteer and fair superintendent. Her love for 4-H is what attracted her to the position of FCS Extension Educator.
She has meet the challenge of being an educator by working primarily in three areas. This includes being an Advisor of the OHCE organization with over 80 members, serving as the county 4-H Program leader and serving the educational needs of the county clientele. The FCS Extension Educator also shares the 4-H program responsibilities with the Agriculture Extension Educator, working as a team to provide education and leadership for the youth and adult volunteers.
Melody Ennis works with an array of patrons and presents a variety of programming. She teaches many adult programs throughout the county including home food preservation, gardening, nutrition, healthy homes, financial classes, and Co-parenting for parents going through divorce with minor children. She partners with several agencies to bring researched based information to the clients of Deep Fork Community Action, Creek Nation, MPOWER, Workforce and Project H.E.A.R.T. She especially enjoys providing educational information for her OHCE groups. Okmulgee County has a strong history of OHCE membership and each member has touched her life in a positive way.
Melody is enthusiastic about sharing the 4-H tradition in her home county along with all of the opportunities that 4-H offers from competitions, activities and trips. With the help of volunteers from the county she looks forward to the summer camps that will be offered in order to “Make the Best Better”!