Lucas Shivers was named the Kansas Foundation for Ag in the Classroom's 2012 Teacher of the Year.
Lucas teaches 4-6 grades at Bluejacket Flint Elementary School in Shawnee, Kan., where he incorporates agriculture in his classroom in many ways, including measuring plant growth, using climate factors to teach decimals, fractions and percentages, incorporating books with agricultural connections, and teaching food safety and wellness.
"Integrating agriculture with hands-on literacy and practical understandings in my classroom enables students to think critically, solve real-world problems and advance our society," Shivers says.
Some of the projects in Shivers' class include an Electronic Field Trip (EFT) to Manzanar, Calif., to show the methods of Japanese internment during WWII and ways they used agriculture to feed themselves and the surrounding areas. He has also implemented a Green Team at his school to help shed light on suburban agriculture.
Lucas is a graduate of Kansas State University and has been teaching for eight years.