BARTOW BIO: Floyd extends teaching beyond the classroom
by Matt Shinall
Jul 03, 2011 | 2487 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teacher, mentor, friend. Kathy Floyd has served Bartow County and its residents for more than 20 years through her role with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Whether teaching adults in Family and Consumer Sciences or making an impact in a child's life in her capacity with Georgia 4-H, Floyd has left her mark on the community. Now, as she prepares for retirement, she reflects on what mattered the most during her career -- the people.

Occupation: Bartow County Extension Coordinator

Residence: Cartersville, Ga. -- Cassville community

How long have you been with the UGA Cooperative Extension: 31 years

How long have you lived in Cartersville/Bartow County: From '88 until Gary and I married in '93 and then we moved back in 2000. But with Extension, you feel so connected to the community where you work, you really do live in there.

Family: Married to Gary Floyd for 18 years. Together we have three children. Jarrod lives in Rome with Melanie and McKinley; Jamie lives in Saudi Arabia with Eric and baby on the way; and Anna lives in Albertville, Ala., with sons Bryson and Kade.

Education: How far back do you want to go? Graduated Chattooga County High School, when I was 16. [I] Joined my sister at [Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College] for one year. [I earned a] BSHE (Bachelor of Science in Home Economics) [from the University of Georgia]; and Master of Education from UGA when I was 21.

I understand you have officially retired, but you are still active with the Extension Agency. What is your current role with the Bartow County Extension Agency?

A: I am currently contracted with University of Georgia until the end of this year part-time. I am responsible for providing programs in Family and Consumer Sciences.

What drew you to this line of work?

A: My father was [an] Extension Agent in Chattooga County. I grew up in 4-H and I have always wanted to work with Extension.

What has been the most rewarding part of your role in Bartow County?

A: Working with the young people in 4-H, watching them grow and mature and succeed and working with adults -- teaching.

What would you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?

A: I hope I have made a positive impact on the lives of those I love and those I work with.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

A: I worked in our chicken house growing up, the old-fashioned kind, where everything was done by hand: picking up eggs, cleaning troughs, lowering the roosts at night, candling, cleaning, spraying eggs -- we did it all!

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

A: Home. After that, at the top of any mountain.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A: Genuine, kind, calm.

If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?

A: I like helping people, and I like variety, so there are lots of possibilities. Ultimately, I would love to travel.