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Taylor Named Outstanding Teacher by Farm Bureau

4/5/2011 at 12:00 a.m.


LITTLE ROCK — Lisa Taylor, a fourth-grade teacher at Willis D. Shaw Elementary in Springdale, is Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2011 Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher. Arkansas Farm Bureau established the award in 2006 to recognize teachers who have exemplary programs which integrate agricultural concepts into their curricula.

Taylor received the award during a special ceremony with her students April 4. 

Her goal is to ensure her students learn and understand the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives. To do this, in 2009, Taylor developed a nine-week unit she calls “Agriculture in Arkansas and Beyond”. The unit integrates economics, literacy, math, science and social studies concepts. Her students are able to learn the interdependence of agricultural products in a national and global economy.

“My focus is for my students to understand the dependence Arkansas has on agriculture and that agriculture has on other industries such as fertilizers and farming equipment,” Taylor says.

Through Taylor’s leadership Willis Shaw has received an Outdoor Classroom Garden Grant from Arkansas Farm Bureau and developed an outdoor garden where students throughout the school are planting and learning how to grow their own produce.

“Her students were able to involve the rest of the school in the planting of vegetable beds. Each grade level selected a vegetable and planted different beds to compare and research in their beds,” says Cynthia Voss, principal at Willis Shaw Elementary. “The leadership of Mrs. Taylor has allowed not only her 28 students the opportunity to learn about agriculture in Arkansas, but she has taken it to the next level and is involving the entire student body.”

Field trips are an important part of her students’ experience as well. Through their partnership with the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service and University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, the students are able to attend the county fair and learn firsthand about livestock and animal husbandry. They also tour the University farm where they see and learn about the importance of crops such as cotton, soybeans and corn. These experiences are complemented by use of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Experience trailer which Taylor has arranged to visit the school.

As the 2011 AITC Outstanding Teacher, Taylor receives an expense-paid trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  to represent Arkansas at the National Ag in the Classroom Conference, June 22-25.  

 

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Lisa Taylor, a fourth-grade teacher at Willis. D. Shaw Elementary in Springdale, is Arkansas Farm Bureau's 2011 Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher.

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of almost 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
steve.eddington@arfb.com
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

or

Ken Moore
ken.moore@arfb.com
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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