Brittany Johnson Teets
When Brittany (Johnson) Teets received her early childhood education degree, she anticipated working in a traditional classroom, a goal she’d had since the second grade.
But due to a saturated job market and tumultuous economic conditions, Teets had a hard time finding teaching jobs. She found herself working for Franklin County Extension and quickly realized the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer.
A product of the Rockdale County 4-H program herself, Teets started as the county’s 4-H agent in November of 2011 and later added the role of county coordinator.
“I don’t ever see myself turning back,” said Teets. “I am still a teacher, just with different aged kids in different settings. I plan awesome events, work with great kids and get involved in my community.”
Growing up, Teets was involved in almost everything her county program had to offer, like mastering in 4-H through a scholarship and attending State Congress every year. She held leadership positions during her time as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle for three of five years.
“I definitely think being active in 4-H has helped me to be successful in life in general, but also as a 4-H agent,” said Teets. “I’m able to tell my own stories to help encourage or teach my 4-H members. I love the energy that 4-H'ers bring to the job, always coming up with new ideas and ways to make our program better.”
According to Teets, the people that she works with on a daily basis are the most rewarding part of her job.
“I love getting to see the 4-H members grow up in 4-H and see the accomplishments they achieve through the confidence they gained as members.”
Teets recognizes a tough challenge in the county population’s unfamiliarity with UGA Extension. She is working with her employees to promote Extension programs and resources to better grow the program and get more students involved.
Visit the UGA Extension Rockdale County website for more information about local programs.
Published January 26, 2017
"I love the energy that 4-H'ers bring to the job, always coming up with new ideas and ways to make our program better."
- Brittany Johnson Teets, Rockdale County 4-H Agent
Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, Georgia College and State University
Master’s degree in agricultural leadership, University of Georgia