Name: Jay Staker
Current Position: Extension Youth Development Specialist - 10 years.
Hometown: Woodward, Iowa
Education: Undergraduate degree in Zoology with an emphasis in Fresh Water from Buena Vista. Masters degree in Science Education from Iowa State University.
Past Work Experiences: Worked on the Meat Processing Team for Oscar Meyer. Taught high school science in Ballard for 25 years.
Hobbies: Fishing, reading, writing, biking, and woodworking.
Ultimate Goal in 4-H: To assist in making 4-H viable in the 21st century and better serve our youth.
Jay works in the Extension office here at Iowa State and is the title director for E-SET and the associate director for Education for the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. His roles support science education for children in Iowa, developing partnerships for science outreach and funding development. He also tries to stay current with technology while working with the Iowa Youth Technology Team.
When asking Jay about his job he told me that new challenges are fantastic and that he loves being pushed to learn new things and new skills while working with amazing people! He loves working with the Technology Team because it is an opportunity for teens to gain communication leadership and social skills. Jay thinks more kids should take advantage of these opportunities because it builds life skills!
What does 4-H mean to Jay? It means opportunity!