North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom Staff

Brenda Mormann
Program Director

Brenda Mormann has worked with North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom from its beginning more than 25 years ago. NCI AITC started off small, with just 5 member counties, two part-time employees, and a handful of teachers interested in the program.

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Then, resources available to help teachers with agriculture instruction were scarce and often inaccurate. Over time, Ag in the Classroom has grown across the state and thousands of students are benefiting from increased support and curriculum available to their teachers.

Brenda became fulltime Program Director almost two years ago and North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom now has nine member counties, eight employees, and reaches nearly 13,000 preschool through 8th grade students annually through in-classroom lessons, farm tours, and FarmChat®.

Brenda loves working for North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom and especially enjoys creating new lessons and working with administrators and teachers. She and her husband live in Clear Lake and she enjoys being outdoors, walking, reading, and spending time with grandkids.

Kay Kern
Classroom Educator

Kay lives on an acreage south of Belmond with her husband, Joe. They have been married for 7 years. Joe works for Barilla, Inc. Kay has 3 children. Kody and his wife, Vanessa, and their son, Pierce, live in Klemme. Kody works as a crop specialist for Ag Vantage FS in Garner and Vanessa is a nurse at Iowa Specialty Hospital-Garner Clinic. Kasey and his wife, Morgan, daughter, Layna, and son, Talon live in Sibley. Kasey is the technology coordinator for Sheldon Schools and Morgan works for Farm Credit Services in Sheldon. Natalee is a student at Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education.

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Kay grew up on a 5th generation farm near Klemme. Kody and Vanessa now farm it as the 6th generation family. They raise corn, soybeans and also have a cow/calf herd.

Kay enjoys working for North Central Iowa Ag In the Classroom. She loves being able to go to schools and teach about agriculture and likes the variety of going to a different school and teaching new students every week. Kay feel it is very important for students to learn about farming and where their food and other products come from.

Kay’s hobbies include bicycling, walking, kayaking, skiing, reading and spending time with family, especially the grandkids.

Sara Preston
Classroom Educator

Sara and her husband, Jared, farm with his multigenerational family outside of Swea City, Iowa. There they have a cow calf herd and feedlot as well as grow corn and soybeans.

Sara grew up in southern Minnesota on a small farm where her family specialized in breeding Boer goats and is the 6th generation to raise livestock…

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Sara grew up in southern Minnesota on a small farm where her family specialized in breeding Boer goats and is the 6th generation to raise livestock. Sara attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Marketing and Communications and a minor in Animal Science. In the past Sara has worked for the farm credit system now known as Compeer Financial, Minnesota Soybean and both University of Minnesota Extension as well as Iowa State University Extension.

Sara and her husband have two young girls, Nora and Maggie, and sincerely enjoy farming as a family. The Prestons truly believe in the future of agriculture. They are currently raising the 7th generation and work hard to ensure that the next generation will have the same opportunities with the land and livestock. Sara is excited to be part of North Central Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom where she can interact with kids, tell the story of the American farmer and share all the wonderful opportunities in agriculture.

Alison Swanson
Classroom Educator

Alison Swanson lives on a farm in southeast Webster County with her husband, Jeremy, and their two children: Joley (8) and Garrett (5.) Together they farm corn and soybeans as well as grow sweet corn for Birds Eye Frozen Foods…

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Alison serves on the School Board for Southeast Webster-Grand School District and is very active with her church. She enjoys musicals, reading, spending time with her friends and family, cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, and being involved in the agriculture community. Alison is very excited to be on board with North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom and is ready for her first year of teaching!

Brenda became fulltime Program Director almost two years ago and North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom now has nine member counties, eight employees, and reaches nearly 13,000 preschool through 8th grade students annually through in-classroom lessons, farm tours, and FarmChat®.

Brenda loves working for North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom and especially enjoys creating new lessons and working with administrators and teachers. She and her husband live in Clear Lake and she enjoys being outdoors, walking, reading, and spending time with grandkids.

Julie Tweeten
Classroom Educator

Julie Tweeten and her husband Brian grain farm together in rural Kensett. They have four adult children: Ben, Sarah, Matt and Rachel. She has been with North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom for just over 5 years now…

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Julie really enjoys working for NCI AITC because she is able to combine her love of farming with her love for children. She feels it is so important now more than ever for kids to know where their food comes from. In her spare time Julie enjoys reading, camping, biking, boating, snowmobiling, horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Sarah Tweeten
Classroom Educator

Sarah Tweeten, Clear Lake, serves as the Office Administrator at the Cerro Gordo County Farm Bureau office in Mason City.

She has been teaching with Ag in the Classroom since March of 2018…

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She has been teaching with Ag in the Classroom since March of 2018. She also plays an active role in her family’s corn and soybean operation in Kensett as well as her fiance’s fruit and vegetable operation in Clear Lake.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Communications and minored in Journalism. In her free time, Sarah enjoys activities such as camping, boating, biking, snowmobiling and spending time with family.