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Garnto wins national Ag in the Classroom Award


By: NAITCO press release
3/8/2017 11:10:12 AM


Houston County teacher Marla Garnto is one of eight teachers to receive the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2017.

Garnto was recognized for incorporating information about agriculture into her Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum to teach her students how agriculture impacts their daily lives.

Garnto, who teaches kindergarten through 5th grade at Northside Elementary School in Warner Robins, has her students work with local poultry processor Perdue Farms on a 'STEM Challenge' in which students devise ways to improve efficiencies at the poultry plant.

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Credit announced the national winners on March 1.

"We're proud of these award-winning teachers who demonstrate so well how effective agriculture can be when used as a teaching tool," said Dr. Victoria LeBeaux, the National Agriculture in the Classroom Program Leader for USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which provides federal leadership and annual funding for NAITC.

These kindergarten-through-12th grade teachers won the award for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas of reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM and more.

"These teachers exemplify how easily connections to agriculture can be made in classroom instruction," said Chris Fleming, president of NAITCO. "We honor them for the strides they make in agricultural literacy in their classrooms every day."

The winning teachers will be honored by at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "Show Me Agriculture," to be held June 20-23 in Kansas City, MO. NAITCO is a non-profit organization representing most of the 50 state Agriculture in the Classroom programs around the country. Its mission is to educate K-12 teachers and students about the importance of agriculture by providing them with web-based materials, workshops and awards programs that demonstrate how agriculture can be used to effectively teach core subject areas.


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