Tri-State teacher recognized at state level for excellence in the classroom

Tri-State teacher recognized at state level for excellence in the classroom

Nauvoo-Colusa fourth-grade teacher Rena Rose was selected as the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom "Teacher of the Year".

Rose was selected out of 11,000 eligible teachers across the state.

She won this award based on her dedication and passion to incorporate agriculture into her day-to-day lessons.

Through farm trivia, an agriculture newsletter written by the students, and even creating a pollinator field outside the school, Mrs. Rose strives to take advantage of an opportunity to share agriculture any chance she gets.

"I think it's very important to spread the word of agriculture to every student and child in the nation, actually. There's such a disconnect of where their food and clothing and even the school supplies they use comes from," Rose said.

It's precisely those efforts that won her the state award.

"This award goes to a teacher who goes above and beyond to incorporate Ag into their classroom," said Hancock County Farm Bureau Manager, Kristin Huls. "To teach their students about agriculture. Where their food comes from."

Rose will receive the award at the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting in Chicago this December.

"Mrs. Rose will receive a paid registration for the National Ag in the Classroom conference in Kansas City in 2017. Also she will be our nominee for the whole state of Illinois for the National Excellence in Agriculture Education Award," Huls said.

A teacher who proves to her students what can be done when a community works together, and is never stopping to come up with that next great idea.

"I would like to do a farm night. That's a big hope for me in the next few years," Rose said.

Also a big congratulations to Stacy McQueen, a first grade teacher at Gard Elementary in Beardstown who received runner up for this award.

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