Stanko Named National Excellence in Teacher About Ag Award Winner

McLean County teacher, Amanda Stanko, has earned accolades as a 2024 National Excellence in Teacher About Agriculture Award Winner.

Stanko teachers Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington to more than 275 Kindergarten – 6th grade students.

She makes use of project-based lessons on a wide range of topics including plant lifecycles, soil, composting and more.

Her passion for teaching about agriculture has led her to enroll in a Master of Agricultural
Education program with the hope of establishing an FFA chapter at her school in the future.

Stanko will be recognized at the 2024 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also honored as the Illinois Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December 2023.

Video from IL ATIC Teacher of the Year Announcement

Winter & Holiday Lessons

The weather outside may be frightful, but these ideas for your classroom are delightful!

McLean County (IL) teachers can request ag mags and activity kits for their classroom: Click here

Online Reading Materials


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Virtual Field Trip to Helmig’s Tree Farm

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2023 Ag Science Grants

From studying soil to exploring animals – the possibilities are almost endless!

Apply for an Ag Science Grant from McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation to add hands-on learning to your classroom. Pick one of the recommended book bundles or kits (see examples below) or submit your own idea!

Need ideas? Check out the kit list!

Application deadline is Oct. 31, 2023.

Apply Now.

Summer AITC Workshop

Join us May 30 – June 2 for for days of field trips, hands-on activities & FREE STEM resources for your classroom at our 2023 Summer Ag in the Classroom Workshop!

Cost is $50/teacher & includes snacks, some lunches & 30 PDCHs.

2 Graduate Credit hours available through University of St. Francis (optional/additional $200 fee)

Course #REAL 694 Agriscience Educator Institute

Registration deadline May 15, 2023

Click here to register

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