New 4-H youth educator on the job

Kelly Royalty
Hello Clermont County! My name is Kelly Royalty and I am proud to be your new Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator.

Most people associate 4-H with livestock but 4-H is much more than that. The purpose of 4-H is to provide leadership opportunities and learning experiences for youth that will help them to develop into successful adults.

I am very excited to be a part of Ohio State University Extension and look forward to working with the youth and community members of Clermont County to develop a thriving 4-H program.

So you know a little about me, my husband, Steven, and I currently reside in Independence, Ky. with our dog, Buckeye. Steven works as a Project Engineer for Structural Systems Repair Group in Cincinnati. Although I live out of state, I am no stranger to the area or Ohio 4-H.

I grew up on a family farm in Mt. Orab, where we raised corn, soybeans and tobacco. I was a 4-H member for 10 years and took a variety of projects such as dog obedience, photography, genealogy and small animals. I also raised hogs as an FFA project.

My bachelor’s degree is from Ohio State University in Agricultural Education. After graduating, I spent a year teaching science at Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School. During my first year of teaching, I found a new interest in science and conservation which inspired me to enroll in an innovative master’s degree program that focused on inquiry teaching, environmental stewardship and global understanding.

Through the Global Field Program, I spent the past three summers traveling to Baja, Trinidad and the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest with instructors from Miami University and the Cincinnati Zoo to participate in conservation projects and research. I graduated last December with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences from Miami University.

For the past six years, while teaching and going to school, I worked for Macy’s, exploring many different avenues with the company. Most recently, I worked for Macy’s corporate office as the Coordinator of Field Learning and Development. The 4-H Youth Development Educator position seamlessly aligns my educational background, professional experience, and interests.

I have spent the past week learning more about the organization and meeting volunteers and 4-H members. Over the next several weeks, I plan to visit 4-H clubs throughout the county and work with colleagues to develop and strengthen existing programs.

I am eagerly awaiting 4-H Camp and the Clermont County Fair. It is my hope that together we can build a dynamic and successful county 4-H program.

Clermont County, thank you for such a warm welcome! I look forward to a long working relationship with your county and communities. Please feel free to stop by the office or contact me at (513) 732-7070 ext. 20 or with questions, concerns or just to say “hi.”