Teacher of the Year Award FAQs

What is the Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award?

The Foundation recognizes one Kansas teacher each spring who demonstrates a commitment to connecting his or her classroom to Kansas agriculture. The 2010 recipient will be honored at the State Ag Day celebration held in Topeka in March.

The 2015 recipient will have the opportunity to choose between an all-expense paid voucher to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Louisville, Ky., in June, 2015; or a $250 gift certificate to purchase agricultural education supplies for their classroom. The KFAC Teacher of the Year will also have the opportunity to apply for national recognition, which gives them $1,500 toward attending the national conference.

The 2015 Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Regional Awards will honor five (5) teachers throughout the state. The winners will be awarded a $600 scholarship to apply toward attending the 2015 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Louisville, Ky., or a $200 gift certificate to purchase agriculture education supplies for the classroom.

The recipient will be able to share their experiences with the KFAC board of directors and membership at the Annual Meeting held in the fall. Please refer to guidelines and rules for the contest for expectations of the winner(s).

Who is eligible to apply?

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. Vocational agricultural education teachers are not eligible to apply.

How do I get an application?

Applications can be downloaded here or you can contact the office, (785) 320-4350 or email:

When are applications due?

The 2015 applications are due June 18, 2014. Applications can be downloaded here. Applications can be mailed, emailed or faxed. Applications should be sent to:

1990 Kimball Avenue

Manhattan, KS 66502


What do I need to include with my application?

Simply email, fax or mail the two-page application to the above location(s).

How will my application be evaluated?

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of persons familiar with agriculture, education and KFAC. Applicants will be evaluated on their abilities to integrate agriculture concepts into class curricula; to teach agriculture across the curriculum; to align agricultural learning activities to State educational standards; and to provide evidence of impact on student attitudes and overall teaching.

The recipient of the award will be notified in late winter, and all other applicants will be notified at this time also.

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