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Myles Brings Lifelong Interest in 4-H to Outreach Position

ALAMOGORDO - Margaret Myles has been associated with 4-H activities and family and consumer sciences programs most of her life. Now she's getting a chance to work in these fields as the new expanded 4-H agent for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service office in Otero County.

Myles already is reaching out to unserved children. She has conducted programs for Alamogordo High School classes in advanced sewing and hospitality and tourism. She also taught crafts for a parenting class at the school. For many of these students, it is their first experience with 4-H.

"These are definitely not 4-H kids," Myles said. "Most probably have no idea what it is."

Myles' position is funded by a grant from the Department of Justice.

Myles started in the Otero County office on April 4. As the daughter of a family and consumer sciences teacher, she's been surrounded by 4-H, sewing, cooking and related activities all her life.

"I wanted to get involved with 4-H," Myles said. "I always had so much fun with it."

Myles earned a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences in 1999 from NMSU and a master's in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in secondary education from Eastern New Mexico University in 2004. She taught family and consumer sciences classes in El Paso for four and a half years. Since accepting the Otero County position, she has received special 4-H training in Orlando, Fla.

Myles grew up in Alamogordo and graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1994. She is the daughter of Frank and Judyann Medeiros. Her mother earned a bachelor's degree from NMSU in home economics and taught Myles and her sister, Sarah, what she learned while they were growing up. Myles joined the Alamogordo 4-H Club when she was 10 and found her interest was focused on family and consumer sciences activities, although she explored other areas of 4-H and showed steers for four years.

Prior to accepting the Otero County job, Myles had been working with an after-school literacy program for children from kindergarten through fifth grade and will be able to continue her involvement through her new position. She is already making plans to practice consumer decision-making skills with 4-H'ers in Otero County to help them prepare for county, district and state contests. She will work with 4-H members on sewing projects, from beginner to advanced.

To reach Myles, call the Otero County Extension office at 437-0231.