Georgia's Natalie Murray selected for National AITC award
Douglas County teacher Natalie Murray received national honors for her efforts to incorporate agricultural topics into her lessons during the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Murray teaches music to kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Mirror Lake Elementary in Villa Rica using a large garden program to teach weekly lessons in agriculture, conservation, environmental stewardship and healthy living.
Murray is one of eight teachers from across the country honored with the 2022 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. Murray received Georgia Farm Bureau’s Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom 2021 Teacher of the Year Award.
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.
The other winning teachers are: Abby Plummer (Northport, Maine); Jennifer Nichols (Lake City, Michigan); Jennifer Bailey (Argyle, New York); Lisa Durham (Westminster, South Carolina); Meaghan Porritt (Lewiston, Utah); Brad Hay and Paul King (Flemingsburg, Kentucky); and Tiffany Kobbermann, (Glenwood, Minnesota).
Through the activities of county Farm Bureau volunteers in their local communities and through teacher training courses held throughout the state, the Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom program works to increase agricultural literacy among children and the general public. The program provides tools for more effective teaching about agriculture and its role in an interdependent society, and to assist Georgia’s educators in implementing the instruction of agriculture-related concepts in the classroom.
For more information about Georgia Ag In the Classroom and to access educational resources using agricultural topics, visit https://www.gfb.org/ag-in-the-classroom/about.cms.