Fuzzy ears, fluffy tails, feathers, scales, and engaged learners; just a few of the things you would encounter when walking into Kathryn Dal Zin’s Companion Animal Science classroom and labs in the Agricultural Science and Technology Program of Lyman Hall High School. Better known to colleagues and friends as “KC”, Mrs. Dal Zin takes pride in being part of a program which supports hands-on learning and gives her the ability to explore experiential collaborations across learning communities.
KC teaches classes ranging from 9th-12th grade where she engages students in coursework including animal behavior and handling, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, and genetics. She is an adjunct faculty for the University of Connecticut through their Early College Experience (ECE) program and a Certified Pet First Aid & CPR Instructor offering her students college and career advancement opportunities.
As an advisor of the Lyman Hall FFA Chapter of the National FFA Organization, KC works collaboratively with her colleagues to offer students a variety of leadership workshops and opportunities including statewide Career Development Event (CDE) competitions in a variety of Agriculture-related fields. KC advises Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects which offer all students a way to explore various career pathways while still in high school, and advises the Paws and Claws Committee which completes community service activities for local animal shelters, libraries and childcare centers, and volunteers with students each year at the Puppy Up! Walk - which raises awareness of the benefits of comparative oncology in the battle to defeat canine and human cancers.
KC is an active member of the Connecticut Association of Agricultural Educators, and currently serves as the Teach Ag Liaison Officer supporting state efforts of recruiting and retaining diverse, highly qualified teachers in the agricultural sciences.