The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 15, 2014

Kingfisher teacher wins Ag in Classroom honor


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — What does the cow say? Third-graders in Kingfisher know the answer.

They also know where their food comes from, how to eat a healthy lunch and what farmers do for their community. This is all part of the fun of being in Lisa Storm’s class at Heritage Elementary School.

Storm has been named 2014 Teacher of the Year for the statewide Ag in the Classroom program coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Teacher workshops, curriculum ideas and online resources are available at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/.

Storm has become such a fan of the AITC lesson plans for SMARTBoards that she regularly shares her own ideas with other teachers at annual AITC conferences. Her popular sessions usually are standing-room only as she shows other educators how to communicate basic agricultural knowledge.

In addition to creating original SMARTBoards lessons, Storm has successfully applied for grants from the Oklahoma Pork Council to teach her class how the food and fiber system works. This year she invited Mike Schulte, executive director of Oklahoma Wheat Commission, to be a pen pal with her class. Her students also created an award-winning video in the AITC Oklahoma Agriculture-Oklahoma Strong contest.

“My favorite thing about teaching is it allows me to be very creative. I constantly look for innovative ways to bring my students memorable learning experiences. Ag in the Classroom curriculum is a combination of solid agricultural knowledge, research-based learning objectives, and creative hands-on learning,” Storm said.

Storm will be honored at Ag Day on March 26 by Southwest Dairy Farmers, Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. The annual celebration of agriculture takes place in the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.