For more than a decade, Kimberlee McLaughlin has served as a Dairy Council of California Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor, teaching in communities across the Sacramento Valley and in
the Northern Central California region. In this role, she is able to share her love for agriculture with children, families and communities in California by teaching them where food comes from, how to eat healthfully and the value of nutrient-dense
foods like milk and dairy in healthy, daily eating patterns.
Seeing children light up with excitement as they learn something new is very rewarding to Kimberlee, and helps fuel her enthusiasm for the important work she does. By providing children with a unique experience of seeing and interacting with a living cow—a first for many—she is able to offer an educational lesson they will never forget. She is proud to teach ag literacy, healthy eating patterns and the value for wholesome, nutrient-dense foods like milk and dairy as the cornerstone of healthy eating. She believes experiential learning is an excellent means to improve knowledge and promote healthy eating for students and teachers.
Kimberlee grew up on an orchard and was raised in an agricultural community. In her formative years, she was an active member of 4-H and Future Farmers of America, which deepened her love of animals and sparked her deep appreciation for the different aspects of farming and ranching. She saw firsthand how hard ranchers and farmers worked to care for their animals, which fostered a feeling of gratitude for their tireless commitment to providing high-quality, wholesome foods that continues to this day. These experiences drive her passion for agriculture and commitment to teaching ag literacy. She believes in the work Mobile Dairy Classroom is doing to inspire future generations to understand where food comes from so that they are able to truly appreciate and make the informed decision to consume healthy, wholesome foods and build a foundation for good health.
Kimberlee earned a B.A. in Agriculture Education from California State University, Fresno.
People will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
For over 25 years, Rhoads has served as Dairy Council of California’s office coordinator and database technician.