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Teston joins AgriLife Extension Service team

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

There's a new face at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices at Mansfield Park in Bandera. Stacy Teston came on board Nov. 1 as the county's new county agent with Family and Consumer Services.

Teston grew up around San Angelo and graduated from Texas Tech University where she majored in retail management and minored in restaurant, hotel and institutional management. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree. To remain in the Extension Service, she will have eight years to earn her Master's. "I'll go back to school, but not just yet," she said.
Teston's mother was a dietician, so she grew up with a health and wellness background. Her family also raised cattle and sheep, "but I was never a part of 4H," she said. "I'm not sure how that happened!"
Her new job will get her acquainted with 4H programs pretty quickly as she will be the Extension Service's 4H co-ordinator here. There are 236 kids currently enrolled in Bandera County 4H, with 62 adult volunteers and 35 youth volunteers. There are seven community 4H clubs and one adult leader club. That's a lot of meetings Teston will have to schedule on her calendar.
Teston spent her first month in Kerrville being mentored by long-time county agent Angela Fiedler in the Extension Service's 1st Step Program. "I got to shadow a very experienced agent and I learned a lot."
Her plans for 2014 include surviving the 77th Annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale set for January 9-11. "I'll definitely be helping as needed," she said.
She will continue working with third grade classes at Alkek, Hill Country Elementary and Medina on the Balancing Food and Play program. "It's a curriculum enrichment program for the teachers to help their students exercise and make better food choices."
County residents of all ages will be encouraged to get fit with the Extension Service's Walk Across Texas program. The voluntary program lets people track their physical activities on line.
"I also plan to work with Helping Hand and local day cares with our education programs," Teston added.
And of course, Teston will be working on projects with County Agent Sam Womble. "In fact, we already did the water well screening program at the river authority," she said.
So far, Teston says she has enjoyed the job and is looking forward to not only getting to know a lot of Bandera County residents, but to help them live better, healthier lives.