AGRISCIENCe & TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
MAC annually recognizes two individuals with awards highlighting excellence in teaching. The first award, the Massachusetts Agriscience Excellence Award, is sponsored by the Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition in collaboration with MAC. The second award is the Teacher of the Year, recognizing a Massachusetts educator who have exhibited through learning and practice the Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom mission.
MASSACHUSETTS AGRISCIENCE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Jeanne Bruffee is the 2015 winner of theAgriScience Excellence Award. Jeanne is a Title 1 Reading Teacher at Hawlemont Regional School in Charlemont.
This award is given to a teacher who has done at outstanding job of bringing agriculture to the classroom. The prize is accompanied by a plaque, $200 classroom grant and a fall trip to The Big E for the teacher and students.
Jeanne coordinates the H.A.Y. (Hawlemont, Agriculture, & You) program at the school, teaching a lesson weekly to each classroom. She works with local farmers and community members to bring enriching experiences to the students, arranging for various farm animals to live at the school with accompanying lessons. Jeanne also implements a farm chore schedule for students in order to teach responsibility and proper care for the animals. She also works closely with teachers to help them develop their own agriculturally-based lessons. Through collaboration with Massachusetts 4-H, Jeanne has also created a thriving 4-H after-school program for students at Hawlemont.
Jeanne tells us, “we feel very fortunate at Hawlemont to be able to offer a hands-on learning that is focused on agriculture. We have seen a change in attitude by many children, of their enthusiasm towards learning and the willingness and excitement of sharing and reflecting on their discoveries. From chores to creative writing the student engagement is high. We are extremely vested in this program and committed to making this grow and expand.”
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Massachusetts AgriScience Excellence Award is sponsored by the Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition, in cooperation with Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom.
The purpose of the award is to:
Recognize a teacher who has demonstrated a commitment to the award's criteria while highlighting educational experiences offered during The Big E in West Springfield, MA.
Build awareness of The Big E, New England's Premier Exposition.
Promote the mission of Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom (MAC)
Applications for the 2016 Award will be posted in Winter of 2015/16.
MAC TEACHER of the YEAR AWARD
Jane Lucia is the 2014 Teacher of the Year. Jane is a 7th Grade Life Science Teacher at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton.
She has been a keen supporter of MAC since she took our Summer Graduate Course in 2006, often bringing other teachers with her to our workshops and conferences. She readily shares with other educators the many ways that she uses agriculture and gardening to teach her students about science, food and sustainability.
The school garden, now in its eighth year, serves as an outdoor laboratory for middle school students during class time as well as a growing group of high school students eager to grow food sustainably during their time outside of class. The faculty celebrate the harvest each year by working with students school-wide to prepare the produce. It is a way for the students to reflect back to when they put the seeds into the ground that produced the fall harvest. Read about the Harvest Celebration at the School!
In 2013, Jane hosted a STEM workshop in her school garden as part of our summer workshops on the farm. Participants learned how she uses a cold frame in the spring as well as low tunnel garden beds in the fall for season extension. They also observed the ways the garden offers opportunities for problem solving through creative use of low and high technology engineering and mathematics to grow and preserve. Jane also taught three workshops on embryology and cooking in the classroom for our winter conferences. Congratulations Jane!
ABOUT THE AWARD
Annually, Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom recognizes a teacher who does an exceptional job of bringing agriculture alive in their classroom
Nominations are accepted from peers, supervisors, parents and community members. To nominate click on the form below. Send a description of their agricultural classroom, and the reason that you recommend them for the award.
Applications are due March 1 of each year. The winner will be high-lighted in the Fall 2015 MAC newsletter and the award will be presented at our MAC Annual Fall Greening the School Conference in November of 2015.
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY Being Accepted for 2016