Educator of the Year

The Educator of the Year recognizes an outstanding Wyoming educator who demonstrates excellence in education by implementing innovative agriculture and natural resource projects into their classroom and surrounding community. A committee then selects one educator from an impressive pool who is awarded a cash prize.


Apply for this year’s Educator of the Year award

Deadline: March 23, 2018
The application for Educator of the Year is simple to fill out and asks educators to share the amazing work done in their classrooms to teach about Wyoming resources and asks how they have participated in Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom programs. Educators are encouraged to share photos or documents that showcase their efforts.

Jill Blazovich awarded the 2017 Educator of the Year and a $5,000 check at the Wyoming State Fair by Wyoming Congressional Delegation and Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom Board. Our sincere thank you to our sponsors: Anadarko Petroleum, Wyoming Livestock Roundup, and Mantha Phillips.

Meet our 2017 Educator of the Year

Jill Blazovich, Rock Springs

After a record number of nominees, Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to name Rock Spring’s Jill Blazovich the 2017 Educator of the Year for her dedication to educating students about their natural surroundings and creating an engaging classroom environment that prepares them to become stewards of Wyoming resources.

“I was very excited to implement the lessons in my classroom. We learned about the history of agriculture in Wyoming and grew our own bean seeds. But most importantly, the students leaned the importance of agriculture in our state,” Ms. Blazovich, a second grade teacher at Desert View Elementary, said. In addition to her work in the classroom, Ms. Blazovich was an instrumental partner educator in developing lesson plans for Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom. She was committed to ensuring quality, accuracy and accordance with state education standards. Her contributions over the course of two summers were paramount to the success of the program.

As an ardent supporter of the Wyoming Stewardship Project, she believes it can teach young people the extraordinary ways we live, work and play across the state. She tries to impress the value of natural resources here as well as the people who call Wyoming home.

“As a native of Wyoming, I have always been so proud and excited to live in such a beautiful and amazing state. I want to instill that same pride in my students so our state can remain strong, independent and unique for generations to come,” she said.