The Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom are announcing the 2018 Excellence in Teaching regional award winners. This award is given to exemplary teachers who integrate agriculture into their classroom.
Sheila Robison and Rochelle Sheddrick are a teaching team at Service Valley Charter Academy in Oswego. Using a multi-grade, interdisciplinary approach, they work to bring agriculture to life through various projects and hands-on experiences for their students, including managing the school's annual plant sale.
John Colle is a chemistry and botany teacher at Hutchinson High School. In an effort to make these subjects engaging for his students, Colle brings his personal experiences as a farmer and rancher to his classroom including calculating the amount of phosphorous needed for a corn field and identifying crop and weed seeds from his own farm.
A third grade teacher at Marlatt Elementary in Manhattan, Sarah Clancy has been able to integrate agriculture in her classroom by conducting experiments with grow lights and various agriculture crops as well as inviting community members who are farmers, ranchers, nutritionists or agriculture extension specialists to speak to her students.
Each of these winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the 2018 NAITC conference or a $200 gift certificate to purchase classroom supplies.