Dr. Misty Lambert just made history at Oregon State University. The Agricultural Education Program at OSU is over 100 years old and Dr. Lambert has the distinction of being the very first female teacher educator in the program's history.A product of a high school agriculture program, Dr. Lambert was a North Carolina State FFA Officer, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, and a Coca-Cola National Scholar. She has had some unique experiences during her four years as a high school agriculture teacher in North Carolina, including a chance to teach in both single teacher and multi-teacher departments and in both urban and suburban settings. During her high school teaching career, Dr. Lambert chartered a new FFA chapter and alumni chapter. As a high school teacher, Dr. Lambert taught everything from horticulture to small animal care, to biotechnology. If that wasn't enough of a challenge, she spent her evenings teaching a class in plant identification at the local community college.
An active member in her profession, Dr. Lambert served as the newsletter editor for the North Carolina Agriculture Teachers Association for three years. In 2004, their agriculture program was awarded the North Carolina NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Program.
Some of Dr. Lambert's teaching philosophy comes from her high school ag. teacher who used to constantly reinforce that "opportunity comes to everyone but seldom returns to anyone." With this philosophy as her guide, Dr. Lambert it determined, "to see every day in the classroom as an opportunity that I may never receive again."
Department Head Greg Thompson commented, "Dr. Lambert is a great addition to our faculty. She brings practical experiences, strong research skills, and most importantly, she is a talented teacher at both the high school and college levels. "