The UT/TSU Extension is celebrating Extension Month this March and would like to invite the citizens of Grundy County to an Open House on Thursday, March 19, at the Extension Office in Coalmont from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the open house, everyone who comes will have an opportunity to meet staff members, ask questions, gather information, eat, and win door prizes.
This week’s featured Extension Agent is Erin Thomasson, UT 4-H Agent. Thomasson was born and raised in McMinnville, where she grew up on a small cattle farm. She graduated from Warren County High School, and then went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Recreational and Leisure Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. After a few years of working and doing programming with youth, she realized that she had a passion for working with and teaching children. She then decided to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
After receiving her Master’s Degree, Thomasson was a teacher in the Warren County School System for four years before joining the Grundy County UT Extension Agency in January of this year. She participated in 4H as a child and has always held a place in her heart for the program. Thomasson is excited to get the chance to utilize her educational background while working at the Extension Office.
As a new Extension Agent, Thomasson hopes to provide the youth of Grundy County with many “hands-on” programs to help expand their skills and talents to their fullest potential. Youth participate in 4-H through clubs, special interest groups, after-school programs, camps, and many other activities. Thomasson is excited about the new programs beginning soon and building upon some of the ones from previous years.
Thomasson married her husband, Josh, in 2008, after meeting in college. Josh and Erin were blessed with their son, Brantley, in May of 2013. Thomasson and her family currently reside in a small country home with their German Shepherd, Sig, and their mini-Australian Shepherd, Daisy.
Thomasson loves getting to travel to see new places with her family. She loves spending time at the creeks, rivers, and mountains around Tennessee, but her favorite place is the beach. Along with traveling and seeing new places, Thomasson really enjoys swimming, kayaking, hiking, camping, running, and just about anything that allows her to be outside.
The mission of Tennessee 4-H is to provide research-based Extension educational experiences that will stimulate young people to gain knowledge, develop life skills, and form positive attitudes to prepare them to become capable, responsible and compassionate adults. The UT/TSU Extension is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please come by and visit with Thomasson and any of the other agents to learn more about 4-H and the other educational programs the Extension Office offers.