Richter named 2011 IAITC teacher of the year
Junior high teacher, farm wife integrates agriculture into art, social studies
Published: Dec 21, 2010
Kammie Richter of Oakwood Junior High School at Oakwood in Vermilion County, is the 2011 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) teacher of the year.
Richter will represent Illinois in the competition for the national Excellence in Teacher Agriculture Award. She will receive a plaque and a trip to the 2011 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in June.
Richter and her husband, Mark, own a small family farm. She regularly integrates agriculture into her existing social studies and art curriculum. She also incorporates agriculture into lessons on economics, careers, food, and culture.
Richter allows her students to experience agriculture, food production, and food science through innovative lessons. For example, in an assembly-line project, the students produce a snack mix with each student representing a different part of the food-delivery system.
She also features local history and agriculture in relation to Abraham Lincoln and John Deere and the lasting contributions that both men made to agriculture.
The runner-up for the teacher of the year award is Bobbi Callmer of Lisbon Grade School at Newark in Kendall County.
Award finalists include: Laura Rapach, Davis Elementary School, St. Charles, Kane County; Ellen Steenrod, Pearl City School, Pearl City, Stephenson County; and Deborah Daehler, River Bend Middle School, Fulton, Whiteside County.
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