Staff Profile

Nancy Dibble


San Joaquin Valley FARMS Leadership Advanced Coordinator

Nancy has been involved in agriculture and education for the majority of her life and loves creating curriculum that engages and inspires students. She was an active FFA member in high school, showing sheep and learning to judge livestock. She started her career in the horse industry as a teenager training horses for others and buying, training, and reselling them. Wanting to learn more, she went to Cal Poly SLO, where she met her husband of 42 years and added cattle ranching to her program.

Nancy and her husband, Jay, then started and grew their own cow calf operation and had 3 sons who all learned the ranching business. Nancy was a 4-H Sheep, Horse and Dog Obedience leader while her sons were growing up. She started her career in education early on as a horse back riding instructor during high school and a swim instructor as a young newlywed. Realizing that she loved to teach she decided to go back to school and formalize her interest in teaching to the public school classroom. She earned an A.S. degree in Animal Science, a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis on the brain and learning. She taught in the public school classroom from 1990-2017 and currently teaches new science teachers for Fresno Pacific University. Nancy continues to be involved in both education and agriculture as she and her husband continue to run a cow-calf operation and breed Lusitano horses.

During her 27 years of teaching science in both middle school and then high school, Nancy learned that it was the field experiences that she planned for her students that had the greatest impact, overall, on their learning. It is these field experiences that would often “hook” a student into wanting to go back to the classroom, engage, apply, work and learn! Her experiences teaching for the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) in Clovis, Ca. “sold” her on the importance of including industry partners with field experience. Nancy’s job at CART included working with her two colleagues to find mentors for the Biomedicine Lab and get industry feedback on the projects the team of three wrote. Valley Children’s Hospital of Central California became an important partner and provided outstanding learning experiences for students and feedback for projects. This was a new and exciting way to teach and it was because of this that Nancy joined the team at the Center for Land Based Learning after retiring in June, 2017 from Fresno Unified School District.

Nancy is a firm believer that programs such as FARMS Leadership, make a tremendous difference in student’s lives and that it is the relationships, experiences and exposure to industry partners that can and will help make more students become productive in the workplace.