Kentucky Teacher Selected for the 2024 National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award - Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky Teacher Selected for the 2024 National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award

Posted on Jun 14, 2024

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) and Farm Credit partner each year to honor teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (Pre-K-12) from around the country for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM, STEAM and more.

Among the eight winners of this year's award is Laura Highbaugh, an AGStream teacher at Creekside Elementary in Sonora, Kentucky, who has had a passion for agriculture since a child, first growing up on a farm and then marrying a farmer. She credits her many farm life experiences to helping her in the classroom.

“These outstanding teachers recognize that agriculture also is a perfect foundation for teaching biology, chemistry, climatology, math, and literacy, in ways that any age or level of students can understand, value and apply to their daily life,” said USDA NIFA Director Dr. Manjit Misra. “When a student makes that real-life connection to the lessons and activities their teachers share, students continue to learn and value the true meaning of those lessons when they leave the classroom. Innovative teachers like these are often responsible for awakening a student’s love of learning, nature and science.”

“National Agriculture in the Classroom is honored to recognize and celebrate these talented teachers for their innovative approach to teaching core academic concepts through the lens of food and agriculture,” said Katie Carpenter, president of NAIYTCO and director of New York Agriculture in the Classroom. “Their effort to provide authentic learning experiences for their students is critical to creating an agriculturally literate generation who understands and appreciates the source and value of agriculture in their daily lives.”

All winners will be honored at the 2024 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference “Agriculture Elevated,” taking place June 24-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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