WARSAW — Kosciusko County Purdue Extension recently announced Andrew Ferrell as the new 4-H educator in Kosciusko County.
Ferrell graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2009, where he majored in elementary education. He was born and raised in Columbia City, where he was a 10-year 4-H member. During his time in 4-H, his family was heavily involved with livestock projects, showing at the local, state and national levels. He served as president of his 4-H club and was part of the junior leaders’ leadership team.
After graduating from college, he married his high school sweetheart, Rachel, and they settled in their hometown. Ferrell has held many jobs related to youth development. He spent seven years in the classroom teaching first and fifth grade. During the summer months, he worked at the local YMCA as a summer camp counselor and coordinator. While employed with the Whitley County Consolidated School system, Andrew and Rachel added two children to their family: Jackson, 8; and Charlotte, 5. In 2017, Andrew left the classroom to pursue a career as a program director for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, where he has remained for four years.
During his free time, Ferrell enjoys golfing, snowmobiling and photography. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching his children participate in many of the same things he enjoys. When he can, he also likes to escape to the northern part of Michigan, where his extended family owns a cabin.
Ferrell is thrilled to continue his youth development career with the organization that helped shape his values. He is very excited to meet the 4-H families, volunteers and community of Kosciusko County and cannot wait to begin as their 4-H youth development educator.