Agriculture Instructors

John Brennan

John Brennan

agriculture

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John joined the LATI ag staff as an instructor in August of 2012. He's been in the ag industry all of his life as he grew up on a farm north of Watertown where he still farms with his brother. After graduating from SDSU with a degree in Ag Business, he worked at Wilbur-Ellis in Summit as a sales/agronomist for five years. John is married to Brittany and has a stepson, Kaden. He enjoys working on his farm, buying and selling farm equipment, old tractors, tractor pulls, camping, and spending time with his family.

Jim Clendenin

Jim Clendenin

agriculture

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Jim has been at LATI since 1982 and is the agriculture department supervisor. Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. His career experience includes working for area farmers, raising hogs and sheep, and he has been the LATI Farm Manager since 1994. He teaches several of the agronomy classes and does training with GPS. He stays current by being actively involved in the school farm and attending farm tours, extension presentations, and business and industry training sessions.

Justin Hagedorn

Justin Hagedorn

agriculture

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Justin joined the Lake Area Tech team in August 2014 as an ag instructor. He is a graduate of SDSU's Agricultural Systems Technology program where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Justin grew up on a multi-generational family farm near Flandreau where they raise 900 acres of corn and soybeans. In his free time, he enjoys working on engines. Whether it's a tractor, race car, or a snowmobile, he is fascinated. Justin started working at a local engine shop at the age of 14 and worked his way through college at an engine shop in Brookings.

Brian Henrichs

Brian Henrichs

agriculture

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Brian joined the LATI staff in 2007 and teaches the animal science and nutrition classes. Prior to that, he served in the Army, worked on railroad bridges, and worked at a local co-op. He is a graduate of both the Ag-Production and Ag-Business programs at LATI. Brian still farms and has livestock.

Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

agriculture

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Laurie is an instructor in the Agriculture program. Prior to working at LATI, Laurie was an Account Manager for RDO Equipment in Webster, SD. Laurie grew up north of Watertown on a farm and graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS in Agriculture Education. She is married and enjoys being with family and friends and spending time on her ranch.

Jason Karels

Jason Karels

agriculture

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Jason is an instructor in the Agriculture Production option. Prior to working at LATI, Jason taught Agriculture Education at Deuel School in Clear Lake, SD. Jason also farms and enjoys working on machines of any type. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family.

Kelly McDaniel

Kelly McDaniel

agriculture

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Kelly graduated from the Lake Area Tech Agri-Business program in 1984. He received a B.S. degree in Ag Economics from SDSU in 1991 and earned his Masters in Economics at SDSU in 2014. Before he began teaching at Lake Area Tech, Kelly worked as an Ag Loan Officer at Deuel County National Bank in Clear Lake, SD, and BANKFIRST in Toronto, SD. He lives in Clear Lake and is a member of the Deuel County Lions and Kiwanis.

Brian Olson

Brian Olson

agriculture

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Brian graduated from Mankato State University with a major in both Business Management and Marketing. Upon completion, Brian worked at a retail agronomy center in Raymond, Minnesota. After that, Brian spent seven years with Rhone Poulenc Ag Company as a manufacture sales representative. In 1998, Brian went to work for West Central Inc. as a Distributor Sales Representative before coming to LATI in 2007.

Dave Paulson

Dave Paulson

agriculture

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Dave is a graduate of SDSU’s Ag Education program and has experience as a county assessor and zoning officer. In his free time, he enjoys sports, yard and flower gardening, walking, and motorcycles. He joined the LATI team in August 2014.

Danielle Stearns

Danielle Stearns

agriculture

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Danielle joined the Ag instructor staff in August 2013. She received an AAS degree in Equine Science from Laramie County Community College, where she was a member of the Horse Judging team, Ranch Horse team, Collegiate Horsemans Association and the Block and Bridle Club. She also completed an internship in Colorado. Danielle worked for Barrett's Quarter Horses and Tack for six years where she trained and gentled colts. Dani and her husband live on a hobby farm near Hayti. In her free time, she enjoys training horses, giving lessons, figure skating, scrapbooking, photography, hunting, and fishing.

Alexis Stinton

Alexis Stinton

agriculture

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Alexis joined the Lake Area Tech team in January 2013 as an ag instructor. Previously, she worked in various job settings including MoDak Dairy, Bramble Park Zoo, veterinary hospitals and as an adjunct ag instructor. In her free time, Alexis enjoys training dogs and horses, gardening, and travelling. She is married and resides in Watertown.

Eileen Wientjes

Eileen Wientjes

ag administrative assistant

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Eileen grew up on a farm by Strandburg, SD. She has two children and five grandchildren. She has worked in the Watertown area and at SDSU since 2000 as an accounting assistant. In 2004, she graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute in Financial Services.

Darrel Woolery

Darrel Woolery

agriculture

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Darrel is an instructor in the ag department at Lake Area Tech. Prior to working at LATI, he was an instructor at Grant-Deuel High School for 14 years. Darrel grew up in Revillo and graduated from Grant-Deuel High School and then SDSU. He is married and has two daughters. Darrel enjoys all sports and still plays in a 50-and-over baseball leauge.