Sept. 10, 2018 – After seven years as extension agent, Aneta Eichler is leaving the Sequatchie County UT Extension Office.
Eichler announced her resignation recently, after deciding to accept a position with the Cheatham County Extension Office.
“It will put me back closer to family,” Eichler said Friday. “All my family is in Rutherford County and Sumner County, which are nearby – my parents, my kids and grandkids.”
Her grandchildren will be delighted to see more of “Grandnana,” but there are many in Sequatchie County that will miss Eichler.
She has been active in the formation of the Step Up Sequatchie health initiative, taught a Tai Chi class, organized the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy class at the senior center, and directed the county 4-H program where school children learned to quilt, sew, and cook.
“One of the things I am most proud of,” she said, “is the Community Garden. We've had a good response. I hope it continues to grow.”
In her new role in Cheatham County, Eichler will be responsible for many of the same activities, but with more emphasis on family consumer sciences and somewhat less on youth activities, she said.
“It will be more nutrition, health, parenting, and different programming to help support families,” she said.
Eichler said the protocol with UT Extension is to bring in a replacement in about six months.
Aneta Eichler talks about her soon departure. Her last day as extension agent at Sequatchie County UT Extension Office will be Sept. 21.
“In about three months, the position will be announced, and they will start interviewing,” she explained. “I plan on leaving things in a way to help the next person step into that role as easy as possible.”
Eichler admitted that leaving Sequatchie County is a “bittersweet” experience.
“But my parents are getting older,” she said, “and my kids are there. This community will always have part of my heart. I've met so many wonderful people. They'll always be in my thoughts.”