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2019 On the Farm STEM Participants Announced

Newsroom / April 30, 2019

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced participants selected for Kansas City, Kansas (May 1-3), and Syracuse, New York (May 21-23), 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 550 applications were received for a total of 60 spots. Participants were notified of their acceptance for the On the Farm STEM events after applications closed on Feb. 1.

The applicants below were selected for the Kansas event:

  • Cindy Brison, Nebraska Extension, Extension Educator, Nebraska
  • Laurie Bruce, Butler Community College, Program Coordinator, Kansas
  • Kimberly Cleveland, Live Oak Middle School, Teacher, Louisiana
  • Kelleigh Dies, Piedmont Public Schools, Teacher, Oklahoma
  • Vanessa Fanchin, Diocese of San Diego, Teacher, California
  • Paula Guy, Bartow County School System/Georgia Highlands College, Instructor, Georgia
  • Michele Hamm, USD 382, Gifted Facilitator, Kansas
  • Megan Holsapple, Blue Valley School District, Teacher, Kansas
  • Gayla Howell, Yukon Public School, Teacher, Oklahoma
  • Linda Jania, Archdiocese of Chicago, Teacher, Illinois
  • Olivia Kowalski, Baltimore City Public Schools, Teacher, Maryland
  • Catrina Liptak, Beachside Montessori Village, Teacher, Florida
  • Beverly Mortimer, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Vice President of Programming, Kansas
  • Jennifer O’Brian, Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Curriculum Coach, Texas
  • Angela Page, Newton County School System, Teacher, Georgia
  • Tena Pate, Roy Junior High-Weber School District/University of Utah, Teacher, Utah
  • Jamie Root, Kansas City Young Audiences, Teacher, Missouri
  • Jenny Rovner, Christina School District, STEM Advanced Academics Program, Delaware
  • Jessica Sadler, USD 233, Teacher, Kansas
  • Sara Seidling, Oshkosh Area School District, STEM Support Technician, Wisconsin
  • Susan Stinson, Southern Regional School District, Teacher, New Jersey
  • Leslee Ann Tell, Conway School District/Conway Area Career Center, Teacher, Arkansas
  • Theresa Waters, University of Arizona, Instructional Specialist, Arizona
  • Sheila Watson, Leon County Schools, Teacher, Florida
  • Aubrey Ybarra Farrell, Diocese of Rockford, Teacher, Illinois

The applicants below were selected for the New York event:

  • Sarah Adumat, Oshkosh Area School District, K-8 STEM Coach, Wisconsin
  • Kathie Ang, Chicago Public Schools, Teacher, Illinois
  • Sheryl Arriola, Broward County Public School District, Instructional Facilitator, Florida
  • Michelle Bersaw-Robblee, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, 4-H Field Specialist, New Hampshire
  • Christina Buck Zermane, NYC D75, Teacher, New York
  • Christina Connors, LCB MS, Teacher, New York
  • Stephanie DeCamp, Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center, Director of Education, Indiana
  • Debra Deskin, Edmond Public Schools, Gifted and Talented Educator, Oklahoma
  • Amy Dunlap, Michigan Connections Academy, Teacher, Michigan
  • Daniel Heath, Maize School District, Teacher, Kansas
  • Jennifer Hesseltine, Malone Central School District, Teacher and Department Coordinator, New York
  • Dana Johnson, Bakersfield City School District, Teacher, California
  • Annette Joyner, Alamogordo School District, Teacher, New Mexico
  • Johnnie Keel, Norman Public Schools, Gifted Resource Coordinator/Teacher, Oklahoma
  • Julie Keppy, Scott County Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Iowa
  • Ashley Lambert, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, STEM life science teacher, Virginia
  • Hayley Lawson, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, Curriculum Coordinator, California
  • Jill Miller, North Colonie Central School District, Teacher, New York
  • Kevin Molohon, Anoka-Hennepin ISD#11, Science, Teacher, Minnesota
  • Lorie Morris, Bakersfield City School District, Agriculture Academy Program Specialist, California
  • Amanda Mortimer, Coral Springs High School, Teacher, Florida
  • Jen Nicholson, Shelby County Schools, Media Specialist, Alabama
  • Stephanie Peterson, Lowndes County Schools, Teacher, Georgia
  • Cassidy Robinette, Chillicothe City Schools, Teacher, Ohio
  • Amy Sabarre, Harrisonburg City Schools, Director of STEM Education, Virginia
  • Karen Sample, Freeport School District #145, Teacher, Illinois
  • Heather Schwerin, Bentley and Kearsley Community Schools, Teacher, Michigan
  • Brigett Scott, Nicholls State University, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Dietetics, Louisiana
  • Elissa Smith, Lyndonville Central School, Principal, New York
  • Stacy Vlad, Ardsley Union Free School District, Teacher, New York
  • Pamela Webb, Faith Academy, Principal, Missouri
  • Christina Wright, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, Afterschool Youth Educator, New York
  • Angela Zere, STEAM Academy, CEO and Founder, Virginia

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.

Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff.  All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties.

Will Rodger
Director, Policy Communications
Office (202) 406-3642
Shiloh Perry
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 406-3643

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