Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Mracek

Melissa Mracek
January 7, 2020

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

I am a North Panhandle 4-H Extension Educator.

What drew you to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?

While attending the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, I had the opportunity to intern as the state 4-H horse intern and a 4-H intern for Saunders County. I also the opportunity to teach agriculture to several elementary school youth which increased my passion for interacting with youth and teaching life skills.

During high school I participated in several activities on campus such as NAYI, Girls’ State, and NYBLS. This helped increase my confidence that Nebraska was the school for me. I loved the campus atmosphere along with the welcoming faculty and staff.

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

I love teaching youth new skills and allowing them to try things they do not normally get to.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement was completing my master’s degree and being able to grow a cattle herd with my husband and of course my son!

What is something that most people don't know about you?

I grew up north of Thedford, Nebraska and attended a 2 room school house until 6th grade and graduated with only 9 students in my class. I received my undergraduate degree in 2014 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in animal science and agribusiness. Upon graduation I served as the Sheridan County 4-H Assistant. In December 2018, I graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with my masters degree in youth development.

What is your life like outside of work?

I currently reside north of Alliance, Nebraska on the family ranch with my husband Jared and one year old son Brayden. I enjoy spending time with my family outside, taking care of our horses and cattle. I love all things ranch and try to help fence, hay, and calve as much as I can.