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Faces of Ohio 4-H — Tiffany Wild

Tiffany Wild

Each month, we highlight an Ohio 4-H alum who has an amazing story to share—from their personal experience in 4-H to how they have given back to the program. This month, we feature Tiffany Wild, associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University and a proud alumna of Fairfield County 4-H.

As a nine-year member of the Sew What’s 4-H Club, Wild immersed herself in all aspects of 4-H. “I attended 4-H camp and later went on to volunteer as a camp Wild receiving her achievement award for consumer science.counselor, served as a county and state 4-H ambassador, and was on my county’s fashion and nutrition board.”

She was also selected to attend National 4-H Congress after winning the achievement award for consumer science. “Traveling to Chicago for Congress was so exciting. It was the first time I’d been in a big city like that and experiencing it with a bunch of kids from rural Ohio was lots of fun,” she said. “I got to meet so many interesting people and made memories that have Wild smiling with awards she won at the Fairfield County Fair.lasted a lifetime!”

Over the years, Wild also experimented with a variety of 4-H projects. “I took just about every sewing and cooking project that was offered,” said Wild. She also took projects on consumer science, automotive restoration, and woodworking, but her favorite projects were the ones focused on science.

“The science projects I completed dealt with everything from food and veterinary science to optometry and engineering. I was even selected to compete in the National Engineering Competition after winning the clock Wild posing for a photo with her grandparents, two of her biggest supporters.trophy for the Keys to Happy Motoring project at the Ohio State Fair,” she said.

After graduating college, Wild originally planned to work as an environmental engineer, but after a stint working as a substitute teacher she fell in love with the profession and went back to school to become a math and science teacher. “While working as a teacher, I had a number of students with visual impairments and didn’t know how to teach them. One day I came across a teaching magazine advertising an opportunity to study education for those with visual impairments and jumped at the chance.”Wild helping her daughter learn how to show an alpaca.

In 2005 she obtained her master’s from Vanderbilt University in special education for visual impairments and went on to earn her PhD in visual impairment education from The Ohio State University in 2008. “From an early age my grandma was always my biggest cheerleader,” said Wild. “She encouraged me to become a doctor and I’m so thankful she pushed me and believed in me.”

Today, Wild works as an associate professor in OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology where she prepares future teachers to be teachers for the blind and visually impaired and provides instruction on disabilities and inclusive instruction for pre-service teachers. “I can always tell when I meet 4-H’ers at the college level,” said Wild. “Their public speaking and presentation skills are typically light years ahead of their peers.”

“In addition to all the leadership, interviewing, and public speaking opportunities 4-H Wild smiling for a photo with her husband and daughter, Kendall.provides, it also teaches kids important life skills. I learned about cooking, sewing, basic car repair, insurance, interest rates, and so much more because of 4-H,” said Wild.

Today, Wild stays involved in 4-H through her children. “My youngest is a Cloverbud and my oldest is very involved in Fairfield County 4-H, so I’m always there to help out wherever I’m needed,” said Wild. “I will be forever grateful for my experiences in 4-H. Some of the best memories and friends I made as a kid were because of 4-H, and I’m so excited my children get to experience it now.”