Kansas teacher honored at the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference

MANHATTAN, Kan. – June 30, 2017 – Kansas recently stepped into the national spotlight during the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) conference when Denise Scribner, a biology, ecology and forensic crime science teacher at Eisenhower High School in Goddard, Kan., was honored with the 2017 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture award. The conference was held June 21-23 at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Scribner was one of eight teachers selected for the award, which is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) and Farm Credit. The award recognizes K-12 teachers from across the country that are finding innovative ways to use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas of reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more.
“Winning this award was truly a high point for me,” Scribner said. “The award recognizes my innovative approach to active learning, taking the science off the textbook pages and integrating them with ‘real-life’ applications of the agricultural industry.”
Scribner is the third Kansas teacher to receive the prestigious award. Theresa Farris and Ray Huff, both teachers at Service Valley Charter Academy in Oswego, Kan., received the award in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Prior to being named a national winner, all three teachers were selected as the Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year for the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC).
“It is exciting to have another Kansas teacher recognized on the national platform,” said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director. “Denise truly exemplifies innovation with agriculture in the classroom and she is very deserving of this award.”
Scribner says its more important now than ever for students to be aware of the role agriculture plays in their lives.
“Ag in the classroom is important because our students need to be aware that when they wear clothes, eat, take medicine or use alternative bio-fuels for their car, it is because of agriculture,” she commented. “Without agriculture awareness and innovation, we cannot survive on this planet.”
More than 450 educators gathered in Kansas City for the conference to learn updates in the agriculture industry, participate in hands-on workshops presented by teachers across the country and make-and-take sessions.
More information about the conference can be found on the NAITC website at www.agclassroom.org.
To learn more about Scribner’s unique classroom approach, watch the video featured on AG am in Kansas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_Lb8G9xRYk
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About Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. KFAC was founded in 1982 as part of a nationwide initiative to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies. For more information, visit www.ksagclassroom.org or phone (785) 320-4350.

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