Ann K Dunkerton
- Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction - Clarion University
- Bachelors of Arts - Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA (1978)
- also studied at State University of New York, Binghamton and Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Ann Dunkerton began working with the McKean County 4-H Program in 1998 as a parent volunteer when her five homeschooled children joined the new Smethport Family Center 4-H Club. The following year, she took on the role of Organizational Leader for this club.
In 2000, Ann was hired as part-time Program Assistant for the Family Centers 4-H Clubs in Smethport, Bradford, Otto-Eldred, Kane, and Port Allegany, running weekly afterschool clubs Monday through Thursday during the school year as well as summer day camps. She received an award for her work developing her first “Wildlife Detectives” Day Camp. Over the next 8 years, she coached teams for the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Project, the Forestry Invitational, and the Envirothon. In 2008 she took on the responsibilities of interim 4-H Coordinator, managing traditional 4-H volunteers and staff for the Family Center clubs.
In 2009, Ann left 4-H for a few years while she finished her Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University (2011) and taught middle school (grades 5-8) at Bradford Area Christian Academy.
Ann returned to Penn State Extension in June 2012, when she was hired as full-time Extension Educator for the McKean County 4-H program. She is a member of the Positive Youth Development state 4-H team as well as the Capital Days and Citizenship subcommittees. She is a member of PAE-4HA and presented a workshop as well as 3 posters at the 2013 Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh where she shared a Communication Award with the 4-H Educators from District 3. Ann is working with her state team to develop curricular resources for the areas of Citizenship and Careers/Workforce Development. She is also a peer reviewer for National 4-H curricula.
2012 was the Centennial year for Pennsylvania 4-H. Ann compiled a spiral bound book called “McKean Memories” using photos and articles from the office archives. This book is available for purchase to benefit the McKean County 4-H endowment.
Volunteer screening and training are a major part of the role of the 4-H Extension Educator. Ann participated in an online club and virtual exchange in 2013-15. Robotics and theatre arts are some of the newer projects she brought to McKean County while encouraging the once-traditional project areas of cooking, sewing, quilting, and gardening to be revived in the local 4-H program.