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Montgomery educator named Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year


After SchoolMarlena “K” Preston of Montgomery County has been named Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year.

The award recognizes a Virginia educator for efforts in incorporating agriculture into his or her core curriculum.

“K is committed to engaging her students in real-world, hands-on learning and connecting her students with academics and agriculture,” said Tammy Maxey, AITC senior education program coordinator. “She strives to instill in her students a love and respect for agriculture and the environment.”

Preston teaches kindergarten at Belview Elementary School in Radford. She uses agricultural concepts daily in her classroom as real-life examples to demonstrate required core curriculum. Her students have visited local dairies, farm markets and Virginia Tech’s horticultural garden, and she helped establish a school garden that is used as a teaching tool. Students help care for Belview’s Giving Garden, and during the summer it is used as a community garden.

A teacher for 30 years, Preston became involved in AITC in 2012 after attending a Virginia AITC training session at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference.

As Virginia AITC’s Teacher of the Year she will receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in June in Louisville, Ky., and a stipend for her classroom.



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