Meet Our 2018 Teachers of the Year
Each year New York Agriculture in the Classroom receives nominations for educators who integrate agriculture into their curriculums in new and exciting ways that encourage their students to learn about food and fiber systems. This top honor was awarded to four deserving teachers who are committed to ensuring that their students are agriculturally savvy and whose devotion to agriculture extends far beyond the classroom.
- Amy Gosier, Elementary Division
- Christina Cassel, Middle School Division
- Sue Kendzierski, High School Division
- Margaret Negrelli, Special Education Divison
Each year, NYAITC recognizes an outstanding New York elementary or secondary school teacher (or team of teachers) who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to such an extent as to merit our special award. For their excellence in teaching about and utilizing agriculture in their classroom, the winning teacher will have the opportunity to:
- Submit an application for the National Agriculture In The Classroom Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture award sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Submit an application for the American Farm Bureau White-Reinhardt Award.
- Attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, June 20-24, 2016, with all expenses paid.
- Receive a free Food, Land and People training for themselves and their colleagues.
- At-school recognition of the teacher and their accomplishments.
- Certified teachers currently engaged in classroom instruction in the Pre-K through 12 levels.
- Teachers must be integrating agricultural concepts into traditionally non-agricultural curricula,
- Providing opportunities for students to engage in and study about agriculture,
- And/Or utilizing innovative approaches to advancing agricultural literacy in the classroom.
- The teacher does not necessarily need to be currently using NYAITC curriculum or programs.
- Applicants may be self nominated, or an application could come from an individual or a team of teachers working together.
Applications will be evaluated by a review committee who will score based on a rubric of 100 possible points. Scores will be averaged for each application.
25 points - Creativity and Utilization of Agricultural Information
- The degree to which sound agricultural concepts have been infused into the classroom curriculum.
- References should be made to the creative methods utilized in advancing student learning.
25 points - Interdisciplinary Approach
- The degree to which agricultural concepts have been included in a variety of subjects or topics.
- Value will be placed on the approach which teaches agriculture across the curriculum or subject.
25 points - Student Impact
- Evidence of positive change in behavior, student attitudes and overall learning.
25 Points - Overall Impact, Longevity of the Program
- Evidence of historical and new agricultural concepts introduced. This may include food systems.
- Sustainable living, local agriculture, carbon footprint, community impact, nutrition, and more.