Growing up in the small town of Nehawka, Nebraska Krystl Knabe has always had a strong passion for agriculture. With the help and guidance of her father she was heavily involved in FFA and 4-H, and knew after high school that she wanted to stay in the agriculture industry.
She had several ag teachers contribute differently to her FFA career leading to various Leadership Skills Events (LSE) and Career Development Events (CDE) during her high school years. However, she didn’t stop there. Knabe also had an extensive Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) including beef and dairy cattle, hogs and row crops to name a few. Her involvement in all aspects of agricultural education led her to serve as a chapter officer and later served as her chapter’s president. Knabe then went on to receive her State and American Degrees, the highest awards a member can earn.
After high school, Knabe’s agricultural roots led her to the University of Nebraska –Lincoln where she studied agricultural education. Agricultural Education allowed her to combine her passion for agriculture with her desire to impact students’ lives. Upon graduation in 2009 she began her teaching career in O’Neill, Nebraska where she started their program from the ground up. During her time in O’Neill, Knabe also earned her master’s in Leadership Education from UNL.
Knabe speaks highly of her time in the classroom, and most enjoyed helping students find a career to pursue in the agricultural industry. With many students unsure of what they wanted to study, through involvement in the ag program she was able to help student identify a way to continue to make an impact in the agricultural industry.
Now, Knabe finds herself in a new role with the Nebraska State Department of Education. She is most looking forward to working with the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program along with the Nebraska Teach Ag Interns. Knabe will also work with the younger teachers helping them start out their teaching career and assist the Nebraska FFA Association.
Outside of the office Krystl practices real estate and enjoys seeing agriculture in a different way though land and home sales, as well as helping on her family’s farm. Please help us in welcoming Krystl Knabe to Nebraska State Staff!