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Conference Scholarship

New York Agriculture in the Classroom Scholarship

Congratulations to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Scholarship Recipients

Sixty educators including classroom teachers, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, and post-secondary representatives were awarded a scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. We are so very proud of their accomplishments and representation of New York on the national level.

National Agriculture in the Classroom Scholarship Recipients

First Name Last Name School Name County
Sarah McArdle Berne Knox Westerlo Elementary Albany
Karen Levy Albany Jewish Comm. Ctr Early Childhood Program Albany
Stephen Ritz Community School 55 / Green Bronx Machine Bronx
Jessica Santiago-Sterzinar P176X Bronx
Armen Kassabian Bronx International High School Bronx
Jeanne Quarto James Madison HS Brooklyn
Margaret Negrelli Jim Thorpe School Brooklyn
Jillian Kellogg Chenango Valley Nursery School Broome
Alexis Halstead Windsor Central School District Broome
Megan Truesdail CCE Broome Broome
Christina Hall CCE Chenango Chenango
Veronique Krohn Beekmantown CSD Clinton
Lindsay Meyers Ichabod Crane Central School Columbia
Erin Pierce Walton Central Delaware
Cindy Mostert Delaware Academy and Central School Delaware
Andrea Maserjian Morse Elementary, Poughkeepsie City School District Dutchess
Bill Maserjian Poughkeepsie Middle School Dutchess
Rebecca Maroney Noxon Road Elementary School Dutchess
Kimberly Schildwaster Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District Erie
Bethany Perry Davis Elementary (Malone Central Schools) Franklin
Errolynn Bradley Salmon River Central School District Franklin
Jenny Harkins Pavilion Central School Genesee
Pamela Coloton Hunter Tannersville Central School District - Elementary Greene
Margaret Smith CCE Greene and Columbia Greene
Terrence Harris Jefferson Community College Jefferson
Robert Bucci CCE Lewis Lewis
Jen Briggs Hamilton Central School Madison
Stephanie Locke DeRuyter Central School Madison
Mary Coolbaugh DeRuyter Central School Madison
Derek Kelly Rochester City School District #17 Monroe
Andrea Lista CCE Monroe Monroe
Denise Krohn Amsterdam School District Montgomery
Christina Buck-Zermane P138M @ site 30 New York
Heidi Feltz CCE Niagara Niagara
Diana Daigler Royalton-Hartland CSD Niagara
Brianne Willson Camden Central School District Oneida
Chad DeVoe OCM BOCES Onondaga
Amy Jones Farm to Table SAA @ FLTCC Ontario
Molly Kotarski CCE Orleans Orleans
Amy Parr Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School Otsego
Michelle Hitchcock Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School Otsego
Ellen Bayer Flushing High School Queens
Erica Ballester   Queens
Ann Alvord The Riverview School Queens
Stephen Yesko Martin Luther High School Queens
Sue Kendzierski Flushing High School Queens
Louis Chugranis South Orangetown Middle School Rockland
John Antoski Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake Central Schools Saratoga
Amy Gosier Ballston Spa Central School Saratoga
Jennifer Rehberg Middleburgh Central Schoharie
Patricia Parsons South Seneca Central School Seneca
Melinda Conger Morristown Central School St. Lawrence
Tiffany Irish Morristown Central School St. Lawrence
Elizabeth Kurtz Wayland-Cohocton Central School District Steuben
Maria Plitt Eastport Elementary School Suffolk
Christina Cassel Southampton Intermediate School Suffolk
Kate Downes NY FarmNet Tompkins
Rae Schraver Cambridge Central School Washington
Jenny Clark Marion Elementary Wayne
Lisa Byers Pioneer Central at Arcade Elementary Wyoming

View the formal press release regarding our scholarship recipients »

Earn a scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine!


Join New York Agriculture in the Classroom for the premier professional development conference about teaching through a lens of food and agriculture. Sixty teachers from across the state will be selected for an expenses-paid attendance to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine. Teachers from across the nation will gather to learn from skilled presenters, engaging keynote addresses, and from each other.

Once every four years the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in held in the eastern region of the United States. Our hope is that with the close proximity to New York, we are able to inspire and expose as many teachers as possible to the variety of ways to include agriculture into our schools for years to come. Let us support you in your food system education endeavors through this scholarship with a per teacher value of $1,100.


National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 26-29, 2018
Portland, Maine

Conference highlights will include:

  • Traveling workshops highlighting aquaculture, school gardens, local food systems, the farmer's market system, food-business incubators, and more!
  • Experiential-learning based workshops featuring teachers and agricultural literacy specialists sharing new lessons and innovative projects to incorporate agriculture as a vehicle for learning. An example of workshops includes:
    • Technology and Engineering of STEM using Aeroponics
    • Global Agriculture Adventures
    • Keeping Honeybees in Your School
    • Thinking Critically about Farming, Food, and Sustainability
    • Dig It: Writing in School Gardens
    • Saving Seeds to Preserve History and Biodiversity
    • Explore more workshops and descriptions here!
  • Keynote speakers
  • National winning teachers share their classroom stories to serve as inspiration to conference attendees

Included in the scholarship, winning teachers will receive:

  • National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Registration
    • Conference meals included
  • Transportation
    • With three pick-up locations along the NYS Thru-Way
  • Double Occupancy Hotel
  • 28 hours of CTLE Professional Development Credit
  • Scholarship value of $1,100


  • Certified Pre-K through 12 teachers; all subject areas
  • Currently teaching in a NYS school
  • Planning to teach in the 2018-19 school year
  • Interest in increasing comfort level when teaching about and through agriculture
  • Commitment to identifying resources to integrate agriculture into core content and instruction


  • Teachers will be selected by a team of judges.
  • Applications will be evaluated against other applicants of the same geographical region.
    • It is the hope to have all regions of the state represented as scholarship recipients.
  • Judges will include agricultural literacy specialists, regional Farm Bureau representatives, and former teachers who have attended the National AITC Conference.
  • Optional: Up to two supporting documents may be included, not to exceed 10 MB. Supporting documentation may include:
    • Letter of Support from school administration, local Farm Bureau
    • Examples of student work from past projects or experiences
    • Captioned photos of students engaged in a lesson, project, or farm visit.

For additional information about the scholarship, please contact Katie Carpenter at nyaitc@cornell.edu.