Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Excellence in Teaching Awards
In addition to the KFAC Teacher of the Year, three teachers will be recognized during the KFAC annual meeting with the Excellence in Teaching award sponsored by the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The Excellence in Teaching awards are given to exemplary teachers who integrate agriculture into their classroom lessons and curriculum.
Amber Kriley is a third-grade teacher at Ogden Elementary School. Kriley has integrated agriculture into her classroom through partnering with community or outside resources. Taking her students on as many field trips as possible allows her students to get a solid visual of the subject she is trying to teach. Some of her field trips in the last year include Sunset Zoo, her family farm, Flint Hills Discovery Center, and different 4-H Youth Development KSU Research and Extension stations.
A third through fifth grade science teacher, Melinda Littrell, has been able to supplement their strong 4-H community with her different classroom labs that produce products students can present at the county fair. In the past, students have taken chickens, ducks, and tomatoes to the local county fair.
Karisa Cowan, a seventh and eighth grade STEM teacher, uses a school greenhouse to provide students with a hands-on learning experience. She is able to teach her Earth Science class in the greenhouse, so they gain first-hand experience with the water cycle, soil samples, water ph, and experimenting to increase their yields.
Each of these winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the 2019 NAITC conference or a $200 gift certificate to purchase classroom supplies.