Janet Sims Teacher of the Year Award

Tiffany Piatt - 2014 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Piatt was named the Kansas Foundation for Ag in the Classroom's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Piatt teaches first grade at Ray E. Heller Elementary in Neodesha, Kan., where she incorporates agriculture in her classroom in many ways. Piatt integrates agriculture into her classroom as a way to enhance her science and social studies units. In the fall semester, she introduces students to harvesting apples and makes homemade applesauce. During the spring, Piatt teaches her first grade students about plant structure and growth, landforms, soil and the economy. She says teaching these aspects to kids at a young age helps them to better understand history, culture, family and economy. She also incorporates Flat Aggie to teach how much variety there is in agriculture.

"It is important for the students to start understanding the steps in the process of how consumers receive goods," Piatt says. "They have a high interest for these things at a young age and they're curious to know more about the world around them. I'm seizing that opportunity."

Piatt was honored with the award at the Bookmark Art and Teacher of the Year celebration on March 11, 2014 in Topeka. She also attended the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Hershey, Pa., in June. The trip was sponsored by High Plains Journal.



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