Kansas Foundation for
Agriculture in the Classroom

Teacher of the Year Application

2020 KFAC Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award &
2020 KFB Foundation AgriculturAL Excellence in Teaching Award

In 2008 the Teacher of the Year award was renamed in honor of Janet Sims, a former board member and educator, who passed away from muscular dystrophy in 2007. KFAC recognizes one Kansas teacher each summer who demonstrates a commitment to connecting their classroom to Kansas agriculture. Any certified K-12 teacher who teaches in a Kansas classroom and integrates agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula is eligible for this award. The winner of the KFAC Janet Sims Teacher of the Year Award will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 23-26, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since 2013, the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards have recognized up to five teachers annually. These award winners may choose to receive their registration paid at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference or a classroom supply stipend.

The application on this page is reviewed by selection committees for both teaching awards.


Eligibility: District-certified K-12 Kansas teachers currently engaged in integrating agricultural concepts into a non-agricultural classroom setting.

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

Submission Deadline: 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.