Karen Roudabush - Agriculture

Hello! My name is Karen Roudabush and I am the agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor. I joined the staff at Bridgewater-Emery in the fall of 2010 and have enjoyed this job greatly. I enjoy working with middle school and high school students in the agriculture classroom. Some of my favorite things we do each year include attending conventions, Career Development Events, FFA Week, and officer training. Some of my favorite teams to coach each year include Milk Quality and Products, Livestock Judging, and Marketing Plan. I have a love for animals and find agribusiness fascinating. 


Agriculture has always been a large part of my life. As the daughter of an agriculture teacher, I was introduced to the field at an early age. Agriculture has always held a special place in my heart. This foundation, along with the inspiration of an agriculture teacher I had in middle school, has lead me to my career choice. I attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Science in 2009. I continued my education at Virginia Tech and graduated again with a Master’s of Science in Career and Technical Education in 2010. While in college, I served as a state FFA officer, worked in a Forestry laboratory, participated in the National Agri-Marketing Association annual competition, and was a member of the Ag Econ Club at Virginia Tech. I am currently involved in several different organizations, including serving as the FFA District IV Advisor, am a member of the South Dakota Association for Agricultural Educators, and serve as a member on the Advisory Board for Mitchell Technical Institute. I love getting involved and taking leadership roles in the organizations that have afforded me with many opportunities.


My husband, Ben, and I have two girls: Ashlyn and Mckinley. We moved to Mitchell, South Dakota for a new adventure in 2010. I am originally from Virginia and spend some time each summer driving out to see family. I love road trips! One of my favorite things to do is explore new places. As a family, we raise registered Hereford cattle and are involved in showing livestock. We travel with our cows all over the country each summer!