Family and Community Health

Family and Community Health (FCH) is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System. AgriLife Extension offers practical information for families: raising children, housing and environment, eating well, managing money, and staying healthy.

Effective August 1, 2024

Amy Smith-Shively
Family & Community Health Agent, Smith County


Amy Shively has been serving in Van Zandt County as the Family Community Health Agent and County Coordinator.  Previously she served in Smith County as the Better Living for Texans agent. Amy has her master’s degree in education and has her Principal Certification, from LeTourneau University.   She received her bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.  Prior to being an Agent, she worked as a teacher with 20+ years of experience.  She has taught Preschool – High School.  She also coached numerous sports and was named regional and district dive coach of the year.  Amy has presented the Learn, Grow, Eat, Go program, which is a youth gardening program, at the Agriculture Teachers Association Conference to over 600 educators for two years and has spoken at the Junior Master Gardener and Better Living for Texans workshops in College Station regarding Gardening. She has two daughters, Shekinah and Shiloh, and a son, Skyler. Her older children are married, and Shiloh is a junior in high school and active in 4-H and FFA. Amy has 2 grandchildren that attend school in Van, Texas, and a 9-month-old granddaughter and another grandson on the way. Amy enjoys swimming, traveling, music, gardening and most of all spending time with her family.  Amy is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church.  Amy is happy to serve the Smith County Community and is excited to provide educational programs.




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