Faculty Spotlight: Angela Abts

Angela Abts
Meet Angela Abts, an Extension Educator with 4-H and Youth Development serving Dakota and Dixon counties.
June 21, 2022

About Angela

I was raised in Dixon County on a family farm outside of Dixon, Nebraska. I completed a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from UNL and taught school for two years. I started my extension career with K-State and Research Extension as a FCS/4-H Extension Agent in Sheridan County and then transferred to Pottawatomie County. I finished my master’s degree in youth development from K-State.

What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

I am an Extension Educator with 4-H and Youth Development serving Dakota and Dixon Counties. 

What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

4-H had a positive impact on my life to guide my college and career choices. I attended several statewide 4-H events on campus which made UNL the perfect choice as an undergraduate. When an extension position opened in Northeast Nebraska, I was ready to transition back to be closer to family. I enjoy working with youth, families, volunteers and organizations spreading a positive youth development message.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?

School enrichment lessons with local school districts is exciting to share my knowledge about different topics with youth audiences. A few popular topics have been robotics, butterflies, STEM Challenges, leadership, and entrepreneurship. It is energizing to observe when the lightbulb goes off when youth have that “Ah ha” moment in their learning.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Robotics has been a rewarding experience. It started at a South Sioux City Chamber Coffee with school staff and has grown into a strong partnership with school enrichment lessons, First Lego League Teams, day camps, valuable coaches and volunteers, and so much more. It is a program that has grown over the years and continues to inspire youth to go into STEM. 

What is something most people don’t know about you?

Family history has been a project that I have done since I was a 4-Her. My grandmother influenced me to research my roots. I continue to help my family discover our family story and have taught a few classes with youth to get them started on their journey. 

What is your life like outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with family, especially spoiling my nieces and nephews. I can be found quilting, crafting and baking.