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2017 On the Farm STEM Participants Announced for LA, Boston

Newsroom / March 7, 2017

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced participants selected for Los Angeles (March 27-29) and Boston (April 6-8) On the Farm STEM professional development events. 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 25 spots in Los Angeles and 25 spots in Boston.

The applicants below were selected for the Los Angeles event:

  • Amber Burch, STEM Coordinator/Math Specialist, Crooked Oak Public Schools (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Barry Carroll, Special Projects Manager, Colorado State University School of Education (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
  • Dr. Cliff Cockerham, Science Faculty - STEM pipeline program, Leadership Public Schools & Oakland Unified School District in collaboration with Merritt College (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Karen Earwood, Assistant Editor, National Agricultural Institute (Rupert, Idaho)
  • Natalie Eckhart, Teacher, San Francisco Unified (Manhattan Beach, California)
  • Tracy Friday, SEED School Director, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Lisa Hipp, 4th/5th Math/Science Teacher, Archdiocese of New York (New York, New York)
  • Amy Hollenshead, Outdoor Learning Center Coordinator, Northwest ISD (Northlake, Texas)
  • Leesa Hubbard, Resource Teacher, Wilson County Schools (Lebanon, Tennessee)
  • Jessica Jones, Science Teacher, Attica School District (Attica, New York)
  • Heather Kelley, Teacher, Brea Olinda Unified School District (Yorba Linda, California)
  • Debra Krygeris, Teacher, Downers Grove Grade School District 58/Whittier School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Sharon Luellen, Humanities Teacher/Science and Math Liaison, Ronzone Elementary School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Michael Nicholson, Program Specialist/Consortium Lead, Stanislaus County Office of Education (Modesto, California)
  • Erik Pierson, Teacher, Mat-Su Borough School District (Palmer, Alaska)
  • Saundra Pitt, K-5 STEM teacher, Blount County Schools (Walland, Tennessee)
  • Andrea Reilly, K-12 TAG Coordinator/STEM, Atlantic Community Schools (Atlantic, Iowa)
  • Perri Rios-Dominguez, Science and Social Science Teacher, North Salinas High School (Salinas, California)
  • Brandon Rodriguez, Educator Outreach Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (Pasadena, California)
  • Christiane Schau, Student and Family Engagement Strategist, Clark County School District (Henderson, Nevada)
  • Lynne Sharpe, Teacher Leadership, San Juan Unified School District (Citrus Heights, California)
  • Mechelle Sieglitz, Teacher (Farmington Hills, Michigan)
  • Dr. Tabatha Tierce, Instructional Coach, Floyd County Schools (Cave Spring, Georgia)
  • Andrew Weatherhead, Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Cody Zesiger, Science Teacher, Weber School District (Ogden, Utah)

The applicants below were selected for the Boston event:

  • Donna Calder, STEM Health/Science Teacher, Chicago Public Schools (Crestwood, Illinois)
  • Logan Caldwell, Elementary Education Clinical Instructor and Site Coordinator, University of Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Rachel Carpenter, Education Manager, Children’s Discovery Museum (Normal, Illinois)
  • Amy Dooley, Program Director, Jefferson Farm and Garden, University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri)
  • Allie Dorsey, Librarian/STEM Coordinator/Enrollment Coordinator, Archdiocese of Kansas City (Kansas City, Kansas)
  • Kara Edwards, Executive Director, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum (Alexandria, Louisiana)
  • Shekkola Gray, Science Specialist, Houston Independent School District (Houston, Texas)
  • Kishanna Harley, Librarian and Technology Teacher, Capital City Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.)
  • David Hartney, President, Firsthand Learning, Inc. (Buffalo, New York)
  • Chris Herald, STEM Project Coordinator, Manhattan-Ogden (Manhattan, Kansas)
  • Suzette Hilton, Teacher/STEM Coordinator, Fort Rucker Elementary/Department of Defense Schools (Enterprise, Alabama)
  • Stacy Johnson, 4-H Program Coordinator, Redwood County 4-H (Redwood Falls, Minnesota)
  • Dr. Anne Mannarino, Project Director of Standards Within Real World Learning (SWIRL), Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
  • Courtney Mulcahy, School Programs Coordinator, Shelburne Farms (Shelburne, Vermont)
  • Christie Orlosky, Teacher/Professor, Armstrong School District/University of Pittsburgh (Kittanning, Pennsylvania)
  • Yolanda Payne, Media Specialist/STEAM Coordinator, Clark County Schools and University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
  • Lisa Posey, Instructional Technology Specialist, Genoa Central Elementary (Texarkana, Arkansas)
  • Dr. Alison Puliatte, Assistant Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh (Ellenburg Center, New York)
  • Kellie Rankey, School Age Education Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club of Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • John Reichenberg, Science Teacher, Wicomico County Board of Education (Delmar, Maryland)
  • Shari Schenfield Science Unit Leader, Victory Christian School (Sapulpa, Oklahoma)
  • Selena Scott, Technology Teacher and STEM Coordinator, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School/Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana (Noblesville, Indiana)
  • Julie Smith, Teacher/Department Chair, Lennox Middle School (Playa Del Rey, California)

Participants for an On the Farm STEM event in Orlando (July 9-11) will be announced March 23.

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,, 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.

Cyndie Shearing
Director, Communications
(202) 406-3649

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