Author Archives: Michelle Shepard

Smithfield talks to students

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Mrs. Norris from Smithfield Hog Production spoken with the grade class at my school. She informed the students about the different career paths that the company has to offer. Through the Kenan fellows program I was able to met Mrs. Norris and have that contact with the company. I was also able to contact other teachers within my school and… Read more »


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I have been able to make many connects with not only Smithfield but other sponsors of Kenan fellows. I am hoping that they will be able to come into my classroom and teach and show things to students that I am not able to. This program has been so wonderful in bringing new and fresh ideas into the classroom.

Water quality

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My students have been working on river basins and the rivers that run through them. Each group was given their own river basin that is located in North Carolina and asked to determine what the pollutants are for their system. They were also asked to discover the different ways that companies, cities, and farms prevent pollution from going into the… Read more »

Sharing my summer with my students

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I shared with my students some of the knowledge that I gained this summer with Smithfield. We discussed that Smithfield has enough jobs that all my students could work for them. They could work on their farm, a research farm, grain lab, vet lab, feed mill, drive a truck, and many more. I told them that we would have many… Read more »

My Product

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I had a hard deciding what to do for my product. I have learned so much… One thing for sure is that I am going to get guest speakers from Smithfield to come into not only my classroom but also my fellow teachers. After spending the day with an engineer and the land mangement group, I have decided to focus… Read more »