E.G. (Gene) Morrison Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station
Years in Position: 1 Year
Years of Service to MSU: 5 Years
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and visitors to the E.G. (Gene) Morrison Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station can tell Isaac Pickett works hard to impress them.
Pickett is responsible for landscape maintenance at the station, which includes cutting grass, weeding and keeping fence lines clean. He is the property representative for the station, which requires him to keep inventory and fleet records. He also helps procure equipment and supplies. Collecting and recording data from various research projects are also among Pickett’s tasks.
Working outside on a daily basis and interacting with nature is Pickett’s favorite part of his job, and it influenced his choice of profession.
“I grew up on a small cattle farm where I learned everything I know from my father and uncles. Growing up in this environment made me realize how much work goes into agricultural practices,” he said. “As I got older, I wanted to learn how to make farming practices easier and more practical for small-time producers.”
Pickett experiences new things every day on the job, which makes it that much more enjoyable for him.
“One thing I wish people knew about my job is that working around Mother Nature is a challenge, but the challenge makes the outcome all the sweeter,” he said. “I don’t see what I do as a job, more of an adventure I get to experience every day.”
Pickett enjoys hunting, fishing, playing board games with friends on the weekend and reading in his spare time.
Field Technical Assistant-Training
Early Years Network
Years in Position: 3 Years
Years of Service to MSU: 3 Years
Child care providers can sometimes have a difficult time learning all the required tasks for their positions. Amanda Smith helps them along the way.
Smith provides staff development at the Early Years Network. She also provides one-on- one, in-classroom technical assistance to child care providers.
Smith said one of the favorite parts of her job is that she gets to meet new people on a regular basis.
“Building a network of people who are all interested in bettering the education of young children is another one of my favorite aspects of my job,” she said. “I enjoy the interactions and the relationships that I build with the providers. I see so many of the same providers at each workshop I teach, which helps to maintain a community network.”
Smith’s favorite memories on the job come from the reactions she gets from people that she previously taught.
“Recently, while visiting my cousin, I ran into one of the providers that I had in a training class a few months ago. We greeted one another, and she proceeded to tell everyone in the room that I had taught her in a class, and how much she enjoyed it,” she said. “She told me that I had done such a wonderful job of explaining the information, and she learned so much from me that day.”
Working for the Early Years Network gives Smith a chance to help others.
“I love my job. It can be stressful at times, like any job, but it’s also very rewarding,” she said. “I love knowing that I am helping early childhood teachers gain the tools they need to help foster a high-quality education setting for the children in their care.”
In her spare time, Smith enjoys gardening and reading. She has been married for 11 years.
For more information visit the Early Years Network website.