DAFVM Spotlight Employee: LaQuantia Grace
As a Mississippi State University Extension agent in George County, LaQuantia Grace gets to put her passion for serving others to work.
“I love to get out in the county and see what needs to be done to make our community better,” Grace said. “I try to meet the needs of our county’s people.”
To help meet those needs, Grace plans projects with George County 4-H’ers and other MSU Extension Service groups and supervises numerous community service projects.
Grace said every day at work is different, which makes the workday pass quickly.
“Today, for example, I have a Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer meeting, so I’m preparing for that and printing off agendas to make sure that goes smoothly,” she said. “Other days I spend with 4-H’ers and plan their programs, and on a lot of days I leave the office to get out in the community and implement these projects.”
Grace said she enjoys everything about being an Extension agent, but her favorite part of the day is when she gets to work with youth.
“I just love being with the kids and helping them make the community a better place,” she said. “I also like helping them train for competitions. Watching them win first place in the seed identification contest at Club Congress this year was incredibly rewarding.”
Grace said working with children is what initially drew her to the Extension agent position.
“I graduated from Alcorn State in 2013 with a biological health science degree, and when I saw the Extension agent listing, I decided I wanted to put my degree to use to make the kids and the community healthier and better,” she said.
When she is not working, Grace said she enjoys trying new restaurants, watching movies and relaxing at her home.
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