Jen Nichols, a first grade teacher from Lake City, is selected to receive the 2022 National Excellence in Agriculture Teaching Award.
This award is given to pre-K-12 teachers across the country for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM, STEAM and more. It is awarded annually through the National Classroom Agriculture Organization and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Farm Credit of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Nichols was selected to receive this award because of lessons that involved students studying life cycles while hatching chicks in an incubator, students learning about agriculture and the environment through field trips to sugar maple and Christmas tree farms and are using virtual learning to adopt a calf from a nearby farm.
“I try to find practical things because I feel like kids really latch onto something they’re invested in a lot more than just sitting down and reading a textbook,” Nichols said. “I’m looking for ways to take kids to places or things into the classroom that would be really memorable for them. It gives them another outlet to learn and shows them that the region we live in is full of all these opportunities. »
Nichols is one of seven teachers chosen to receive this year’s award.