Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Names 2018 Teacher of the Year, Runner-Up

CHICAGO – Brent Davis of PORTA-Petersburg Elementary in Petersburg, Illinois, received the 2018 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Teacher of the Year award during Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Dec. 1-4.

Davis is second grade teacher and utilizes a cross-curricular approach to teaching, including agriculture, the outdoors and nature as a focal point for his students. During the last several years, Davis has planted more than 20,000 trees on his family farm and has brought that passion for conservation to his students.

Davis’ tree-planting curriculum fills the entire school year, allowing students to plant and water seeds while Davis explains photosynthesis and plant systems. Students conclude the year with a visit to Davis’ family farm to plant trees successfully grown in the classroom. In addition to the trees, students also bury time capsules with the goal of unveiling the capsules before students graduate high school. Davis supplements classroom instruction and research with both fiction and non-fiction reading materials.

Davis received a plaque and trip to the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is Illinois’ nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award.

Katie Buckley, a STEM educator and special education teacher in the LeRoy school district in McLean County is the IAITC Teacher of the Year runner-up.

A secondary special education teacher, Buckley has found that agriculture fits in well with students of all grade levels. Buckley has found a niche in STEM education and agriculture, winning a McLean County Maitland Grant, as well as a Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom grant. Her classrooms also were honored as winners of the 2017 and 108 American Farm Bureau Purple Plow Challenge awards for integration of STEM concepts.

As the Teacher of the Year runner-up, Buckley will be the Illinois nominee for the American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture White Reinhart Award.

For more information about the IAITC program’s Teacher of the Year award, contact Kevin Daugherty at 309-557-3334 or kdaugherty@ilfb.org.  

CHICAGO – Brent Davis of PORTA-Petersburg Elementary in Petersburg, Illinois, received the 2018 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Teacher of the Year award during Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Dec. 1-4.

Davis is second grade teacher and utilizes a cross-curricular approach to teaching, including agriculture, the outdoors and nature as a focal point for his students. During the last several years, Davis has planted more than 20,000 trees on his family farm and has brought that passion for conservation to his students.

Davis’ tree-planting curriculum fills the entire school year, allowing students to plant and water seeds while Davis explains photosynthesis and plant systems. Students conclude the year with a visit to Davis’ family farm to plant trees successfully grown in the classroom. In addition to the trees, students also bury time capsules with the goal of unveiling the capsules before students graduate high school. Davis supplements classroom instruction and research with both fiction and non-fiction reading materials.

Davis received a plaque and trip to the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is Illinois’ nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award.

Katie Buckley, a STEM educator and special education teacher in the LeRoy school district in McLean County is the IAITC Teacher of the Year runner-up.

A secondary special education teacher, Buckley has found that agriculture fits in well with students of all grade levels. Buckley has found a niche in STEM education and agriculture, winning a McLean County Maitland Grant, as well as a Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom grant. Her classrooms also were honored as winners of the 2017 and 108 American Farm Bureau Purple Plow Challenge awards for integration of STEM concepts.

As the Teacher of the Year runner-up, Buckley will be the Illinois nominee for the American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture White Reinhart Award.

For more information about the IAITC program’s Teacher of the Year award, contact Kevin Daugherty at 309-557-3334 or kdaugherty@ilfb.org.  

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