This school year welcomed back Bloomfield students as well as new ag teacher Kaydee Alexander.
Alexander is originally from Edgar, Nebraska and graduated from Sandy Creek Public School before heading to UNL where she received degrees in both animal science and agricultural education.
It is no surprise she double majored in college, Alexander was a very passionate and hard working student.
In high school, she was very active in many activities, such as volleyball, basketball, 4-H, FFA, FBLA, GUESS, One Acts and the spring play.
“Outside of school, I was president of the Nebraska Junior Red Angus Association, vice president of the North American Junior Red Angus Event (NAJRAE) and active in Young Nebraska Cattlemen,” Alexander said.
Her list seems to go on and on, but that's not all Alexander has set out to do.
“When I was 12, my younger brother, Emmet, and I started our own herd of seed stock Red Angus cattle. We sold bulls and heifers and continue doing so now,” she said, explaining how this feet has paid for both her and her brother’s college experiences.
Alexander competed in creed speaking, public speaking, job interview resume, livestock judging, and ag sales while in FFA.
“My team won state my junior year of high school, and we competed at National FFA Convention my senior year in ag sales,” she said.
Alexander is a sixth generation cattle producer and had great role models growing up and her parents Matt and Dawn Caldwell are also very active in the agriculture community.
Her father, Matt, ranches and contract welds and is active in the local cattlemen’s association. He also holds a seat on the fair board.
Her mother, Dawn, works as head of government affairs for the Aurora Cooperative. She also volunteers for the Nebraska Beef Council, serves as Chair of the Federation of Beef Councils and is active in agriculture advocacy in many roles, including being a volunteer for Nebraska Common Ground.
After graduating from UNL in the spring, she married her husband Ty Alexander, who is originally from Bloomfield. Since getting married, the two have started farming together.
On top of working on their farm, Alexander continues to help on her parents farm and now has the task of teaching the community's youth as well. She was more than excited to end up in the ag teacher position.
“To say agriculture is in my blood is an understatement,” she said.
Alexander’s first few weeks of teaching in Bloomfield have been described by her as nothing short of fantastic. She loves her students and FFA members and said she looks forward to seeing them grow as individuals and together as a chapter.
“I am very passionate about the agriculture industry and that is why I have chosen a career where I can help groom America’s future agriculturalists,” Alexander said.