2017 On the Farm STEM Participants Announced

Newsroom / June 28, 2017

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced participants selected for its Orlando On the Farm STEM professional development event, slated for July 9-11. The training is designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.

Nearly 400 applications were received for On the Farm STEM events this year.

The educators below were selected for the Orlando event.

  • Dr. Patrick Bigelow, Supervising Interpreter, Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority (Milford, Michigan)
  • Charlotte Cearlock, Assoc. Faculty in Developmental Education, John Wood Community College (Quincy, Illinois)
  • Megan Claycomb, Fifth Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher, Blount County Schools (Rockford, Tennessee)
  • Jarred Corwin, Secondary Science and STEM Specialist, Indiana Department of Education (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Stacy DeVeau, 4-H STEM Program Coordinator (Prescott, Arizona)
  • Sylvia Hickenlooper, Soil Conservationist, USDA-NRCS (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Jennifer Hofeld, STEM Resource Leader, Harrah Public Schools (Harrah, Oklahoma)
  • Zena Lewis, Teacher, Owasso Sixth Grade Center (Owasso, Oklahoma)
  • Andrew Medearis, STEM Teacher, Flagler County Public Schools (Saint Augustine, Florida)
  • Daniel Mullen, Second Grade Teacher, Archdiocese of New York (Astoria, New York)
  • Kandy Noles Stevens, Adjunct Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall, Minnesota)
  • Russell Orr, Education Specialist, Discovery Park of America (Union City, Tennessee)
  • Cedric Payne, Fourth Grade Teacher, Clarke County Schools and Piedmont College (Winterville, Georgia)
  • Ginger Reimer, Education Director, Oklahoma Soybean Board (Claremore, Oklahoma)
  • Mary Rinehart, Engineering and Technology State Program Leader, IDOE (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Tracee Schiebel, Education Program Manager, Florida Ag in the Classroom (Gainesville, Florida)
  • Kate Schmidt, Interpreter/Farm Animal Care Specialist, Metropark Farm Center (South Lyon, Michigan)
  • Sonia Soto-Ramirez, Magnet Coordinator, Palm Beach County (Canal Point, Florida)
  • Janet Sweat, Teacher Support, K-12 Science and STEM, Columbia County District (Lake City, Florida)
  • Gina Tesoriero, Learning Specialist, New York City Department of Education (New York, New York)
  • Dr. Scott Townsend, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University, College of Education (Berea, Kentucky)
  • Rebecca Wattleworth, High School Science/Math Teacher, Warrensburg-Latham CUSD #11 (Decatur, Illinois)
  • Wendy Willard, First Grade Teacher, Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Keith Wynne, Instructional Lead, New York City Department of Education (Brooklyn, New York)

Visit the On The Farm resources page on the Foundation’s website for additional information to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.

The Beef Checkoff Program funded development of the On The Farm training and supporting resources. The Beef Checkoff Program, MyBeefCheckoff.com, was established as part of the 1985 farm bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. In states with qualified beef councils, states may retain up to 50 cents of the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

Kari Barbic
AFBF Media Specialist
(202) 406-3672
Cyndie Shearing
Director, Internal Communications
(202) 406-3649

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