Extension educator for youth, 4-H appointed in northern Panhandle

Leah Gremm has been appointed Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development for the northern Panhandle. Her appointment was announced by Dr. Jack Whittier, Director of Research and Extension for the Panhandle. She began duties Oct. 1, based at the UNL Extension Office in Chadron.

Leah GremmGremm will design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs in 4-H, child and youth development in the areas of science education, animal science, agricultural literacy, career development, community development, and healthy living. She will work with the 4-H assistants in Sioux, Dawes and Sheridan counties, as well as with Extension unit leaders, Extension boards, volunteers, community members, and youth.

Gremm received a bachelor's degree from Chadron State College in psychology and recreation, and a master of arts degree in teaching from Austin Peay State University at Clarksville, Tenn. She worked for a year as technology director at SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the first Boys and Girls Club built on a native reservation, before her husband, Eric, enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Over the next 10 years, the family's duty stations included Baumholder, Germany, Kentucky and Georgia.  They lived in Chadron for a time beginning in 2009 when her husband was accepted into the Green-to-Gold program and earned a master's degree at CSC. During that time she was the director of the Boys and Girls Club in Chadron.

In the classroom, Gremm has taught second grade as well as physical education. At church, she has taught AWANA Children's Ministry for many years as well as several grade levels of Sunday school.

"Ultimately, I really enjoy working with kids of all ages and all cultures," Gremm said. "I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Nebraskan youth again." 

4-H is open to youth ages 5 to 18. In the Panhandle, more than 2,200 youth participate in 4-H as club members, and others take part in after-school programs, camping programs, school enrichment, short-term programs and day camps. Nebraska has one of the most inclusive 4-H programs in the nation, reaching an estimated 1 in 3 youth in the state, about 150,000 young people. About 11,000 volunteers share their time and resources.