Rebecca Yarger has joined North Dakota State University Extension as the family and community wellness agent in Dunn County.
She started May 1 and works out of the Extension office in Manning.
The primary focus of her role is serving youth and families in the community, providing education and programming on topics including family finances, health, nutrition, leadership and civic engagement. She also will support the 4-H program in Dunn County.
“I am extremely excited to work in this vibrant, welcoming community,” Yarger said. “I look forward to meeting and serving the residents of Dunn County by presenting and responding to the concerns and needs of the community.”
An experienced educator, Yarger most recently served as the director of Head Start in Glendive, Mont. Before that, she spent 10 years teaching a variety of subjects, including special education and language arts. She holds degrees in K-8 Elementary Curriculum and Special Education from Montana State University.
Yarger has been actively involved in 4-H for more than 20 years, first as a member in Circle, Mont., where she grew up on her family’s ranch, and then as a club leader and adult volunteer.
She has two grown children, a son who works in the oil field and a daughter who is in law enforcement. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, participating in American Quarter Horse Association horse shows and venturing into mounted shooting.
“Rebecca’s teaching experience, knowledge of 4-H and commitment to serving others will make her a great fit for Dunn County,” said Jim Gray, NDSU Extension’s west district director.