Kansas Foundation for
Agriculture in the Classroom

Teacher of the Year

2020 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award &

2020 KFB Foundation for Agriculture Excellence in Teaching Award

KFAC recognizes one Kansas teacher each summer who demonstrates a commitment to connecting their classroom to Kansas agriculture. Any K-12 teacher who is teaching in a certified school in Kansas in a non-vocational agriculture classroom setting and who is integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula is eligible for this award. This award winner receives paid registration for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

The Teacher of the Year Award has been a part of KFAC for many years. In 2008, it was renamed in honor of Janet Sims who passed away from muscular dystrophy in June 2007. Janet served on the KFAC board of directors since November 2005, and during that time she served on the education committee and also contributed tremendous support, leadership and– most importantly – a passion for youth education to the Foundation. KFAC is proud to honor Janet and her family by sponsoring the Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award.

Since 2013, Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation has sponsored up to five regional excellence in teaching awards. These award winners receive paid for registration to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference during the following summer or a classroom supply stipend.


Eligibility: Any district-certified Kansas teacher currently engaged in integrating agricultural concepts into non-vocational agriculture classroom settings at the K-12 grade levels.

Evaluation Criteria:
• 25% Creativity and Utilization of Agricultural Information
• 25% Interdisciplinary Approach
• 25% Advancement of Educational Standards
• 25% Student Impact

Submission Deadline: Online applications must be submitted in full by June 30, 2019.

Applicant Information:

Narrative Responses

Please provide short narrative responses to the questions below.

1. How have you integrated or introduced agriculture into your lesson plans, classroom and community?


2. Describe teaching methods that you use to incorporate agriculture concepts, including unique or innovative approaches you have utilized.


3. Explain which academic areas of study you have used when teaching agriculture concepts. Include how you have used these learning activities to meet State educational standards.


4. How have you impacted one or more of your students and provided them with agricultural resources? Explain how you have helped students better understand agriculture and/or the impact of Kansas agriculture on their personal lives.


5. General comments (Examples: How have your students expanded on agricultural knowledge and classroom engagement? How has your school or community responded to the agriculture-related learning activities?)



Please provide three photos of you teaching in your classroom, as well as one professional headshot. (Photos must be JPG or JPEG files, and no larger than 1.5MB each.)

Photo One

Photo Two

Photo Three


After the deadline for applications, we will contact your school’s principal in order to check references. You must let your principal know you are applying for this award.

By submitting this application, you acknowledge that your school principal is aware that you are applying for this award.

Please note that if you are selected as KFAC’s 2019 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year, you may also choose to apply for the National Agriculture in the Classroom’s “Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture” award program.