Agriculture in the Classroom accepting applications for Teacher of the Year

After SchoolThe Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program wants to recognize Virginia teachers who successfully incorporate agriculture into their core lessons.

Teachers who feel they have a unique or innovative way of introducing agriculture in their classrooms are encouraged to apply to be the 2016 Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year.

“Agriculture forms the foundation of our daily lives, and Agriculture in the Classroom wants to celebrate those teachers who effectively integrate agriculture into their classrooms and their students’ lives,” said Tammy Maxey, Virginia AITC senior education program coordinator.

State-licensed pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers who are integrating agricultural concepts into non-vocational, core subject areas such as language arts, social studies, science or mathematics are eligible.

Virginia AITC will recognize regional winners in addition to a state winner. The state winner will receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in June in Phoenix. The scholarship will cover full registration as well as lodging, meals and a stipend. The state-level winner also will be encouraged to apply to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year recognition program.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. For details, visit or contact Maxey at804-290-1143 or

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