New AgriLife Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Hired for Armstrong County


CLAUDE – Billie Peden has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer science agent for Armstrong County, effective Aug. 18, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo.

“We are very excited to have Billie join the team in Armstrong County and District 1,” Dukes said. “She brings a wealth of experience and anexceptional skill set tothe program. I am confident that her skills will allow her to continue the county’s excellent tradition of 4-H and adult educational programs.”

Peden, a native of Panhandle, has workedthe past five years as the family and consumer sciences teacher for the Claude school district, previously filling similar positions at Boys Ranch and Floydada.

“I’ve taught high school for seven years,and the classes I taught are in alignment with the programs that AgriLife Extension offers its clients,” she said. “I’m very excited to be moving into this program.

“I know most, if not all, of the students and their families here in Armstrong County and have built positive relationships with them over the years,” Peden said. “I feel this will be a huge asset as I move into my new FCS agent position.”

Peden was active in the Future Homemakers of America, Future Teachers of America and Texas Technological Students Association while in high school. She earned her bachelor’s of science in home economics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

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