The Educator of the Year award’s purpose is to recognize an outstanding Wyoming educator who demonstrates excellence in education by implementing innovative agriculture and natural resource projects into their classroom and surrounding community.
Application for Educator of the Year deadline: February 23, 2018
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Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) is proud to announce Jill Blazovich as the 2017 Educator of the Year. Ms. Blazovich is a 2nd Grade teacher in Rock Springs at Desert View Elementary. This year was highly competitive with a record number of applicants. Jill’s focus on student engagement and dedication to educating students about Wyoming’s resources in the classroom stood out.
We commend Ms. Blazovich’s involvement with WAIC programs. She commented in her application, “We started with the bookmark contest and my students were very excited to learn about the many different aspects of agriculture in Wyoming and where around the state farms and ranches were located.”
Jill was also a writer for the Wyoming Stewardship Project and told WAIC, “I was very excited to implement the lessons in my classroom. We learned about the history of agriculture in Wyoming, grew our own bean seeds and observed the life cycle from germination to adult plant, and learned about the different type of tools used in farming and ranching and their evolution. But most importantly the students learned of the importance of agriculture in Wyoming and why it is so important to be good stewards by preserving and protecting our farms and ranches.”
Ms. Blazovich commented further about the lessons, “My students got to learn about their state and discover the many different areas and how people live in those areas. Some of them have never even been out of our county …. the students got first hand experience by watching their plants grow… and then watched [plants] flourish in our class grow tower. This helped teach them about where the food they eat comes from, how much work goes into farming, and why agriculture is so important, not just in Wyoming but in the world.”