Hi, I'm Kristal.
I grew up in a small town in southeast Oklahoma, where there were probably just as many or more horses and cattle as people. We raised horses my whole life, and I showed sheep from the time I was 8 years old until I graduated high school. Showing sheep, along with a dad who was a former ag teacher, was an open door to FFA for me.
Through FFA, I had the opportunity to develop leadership skills, responsibility and set goals. However, one of the best parts of my FFA experience was all the people I met and memories I made. Because of the diverse group of people, learning about each person and each person’s story became a passion of mine.
These paths God put me on led me to attain a bachelor’s and master’s in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!). Now, I have a small photography business, am the digital marketing specialist at Northeast Tech, and I’m married to a small-town agricultural education instructor.
Jake and I live in a small town in northeast Oklahoma, where I strive to be a Godly, loving, productive and steadfast ag teacher wife. I enjoy being involved with the FFA chapter and high school through chaperoning and training competition teams. I also enjoy being married to my hunk of a husband and being a dog mom to our precious collie, Jasmine and Irish doodle, Ella. Plus, we are overjoyed to welcome our first human child into the world February 2021.
Yes, my degrees say agricultural communications but it might as well just say “communications”. Because of my degrees, I have training throughout all areas of communications, although I choose to focus on these three: photography, social media marketing and website design. My time at a professional photography studio, helping an IT company with their social media start, and being a teaching assistant for a website design class while I was in Stillwater, were just the beginning in this field for me.
My interests are in agriculture, but my passion is for people. I love to tell people's stories, and I'm excited to be able to tell the stories of staff and students at Northeast Tech.