Stephanie Wolf is a special education teacher at Brady Public Schools and Jennifer Johnson teaches third-grade at Sutton Public Schools.
The annual awards are from the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, where Courtney Schaardt is director of outreach education.
“The criteria that they have to meet is really just creatively incorporating agriculture into the classroom by bringing in guest speakers, by having hands-on activities and making it fit into the curriculum that they’re already teaching,” Schaardt says, “so, not something extra but something they’re already doing.”
Schaardt says the nominations come from county farm bureaus, and in some cases, students.
“This opportunity is a great way for educators to come together and to talk about how they’re incorporating ag in the classroom,” Schaardt says. “With students being three to four generations removed from the family farm, this award opens the door for agriculture to be a part of everyday learning.”
With the title, Wolf and Johnson also win an all-expense paid trip this summer to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton