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2018 Teacher of the Year applications available

2018 Teacher of the Year applications available

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is accepting applications for the 2018 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) Foundation for Agriculture Regional Excellence in Teaching awards. The awards honor Kansas teachers who excel at incorporating agriculture into their everyday classroom curriculum. Applications are due June 30, 2017. 

All K-12 district-certified Kansas teachers who currently engage in integrating agriculture into a non-vocational agriculture classroom setting are eligible for the award. Applications will be evaluated on creativity and utilization of agricultural information, interdisciplinary approach, advancement of educational standards and student impact. 

The Teacher of the Year award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) convention, sponsored by High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas. KFB regional award winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the NAITC convention or a $200 cash prize to use toward classroom supplies, sponsored by KFB Foundation for Agriculture. The 2018 NAITC conference is slated for June 26-29, 2018 in Portland, Maine. 

The Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award has been in place since 2008. The award honors the late Janet Sims, an educator for more than 30 years and a strong agriculture advocate. Sims served on the KFAC board of directors from 2005 until her passing in 2007. 

Applications can be downloaded on the KFAC website at www.ksagclassroom.org by clicking on Teachers and Teacher of the Year.

The 2017 KFB Excellence in Teaching award winners are pictured with Governor Sam Brownback. From left to right: Representative Mary Martha Good and Representative Greg Lewis, legislators representing honoree Andrea Birzer's district; Andrea Birzer, Ellinwood Grade School; Governor Sam Brownback; Angie Greene and Barb McCaffree, Bluestem Elementary.

Source: Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.