Meet Andrew Joannides, Our New Executive Director!

From Wyoming, To Texas, and Back To Wyoming, Andrew Joannides Named Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom’s New Executive Director

Born and raised in Cheyenne, spending 10 years working in higher education and intercollegiate athletics around the country, Andrew Joannides is now back in Cheyenne and has joined the Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) team as Executive Director on October 17, 2022.

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Spectrum donation supports the Wyoming Stewardship Project


Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) is the grateful recipient of 20 Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets and a check for $2000 donated by Spectrum. Spectrum representatives, Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Balow, and board and staff members from WAIC gathered in Cheyenne on November 6 to celebrate the gift and partnership.

Spectrum’s gift will support WAIC’s efforts to reach Wyoming teachers and students with high-quality educational materials from the Wyoming Stewardship Project (WSP.) Educators teaching units from the WSP are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire demonstrating the lesson’s impact. After an educator submits their feedback, one of WAIC’s Regional Advocates will send them a surprise gift box for their class! Their name is also entered into the drawing for one of the Samsung tablets.

Thank you, Spectrum, for helping us reach Wyoming’s classrooms, and grow stewards for our future!

Congratulations to the 2020 Bookmark Contest Finalists!

This spring, we are excited to recognize 12 students as our 2020 bookmark finalists.  Over 1,900 entries were submitted for this contest, and the artwork was incredible.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate and share your Wyoming resource message!  All finalists were selected by a panel of judges, and the winner of our People’s Choice was chosen by popular vote during National Agriculture Week.

2020 People’s Choice

Erin Newton
5th Grade, Meadowlark Elementary, Sheridan

2020 Finalists

Emelyen Baev
4th Grade, Jackson Elementary, Jackson

Elise Carroll
5th Grade, Buffalo Ridge Elementary, Gillette

Shea Churches
4th Grade, Harmony Elementary, Laramie

Teague Duncan
5th Grade, Cloud Peak Elementary, Buffalo

Cody Fisher
5th Grade, Westside Elementary, Powell

Gabe Jukkala
4th Grade, Rozet Elementary, Rozet

Nathan Peterson
3rd Grade, Cloud Peak Elementary, Buffalo

Peyton Rodriguez
3rd Grade, Cloud Peak Elementary, Buffalo

Rylan Verhelst
5th Grade, Paintbrush Elementary, Gillette

Stella Waliezer
5th Grade, Moorcroft K-8, Moorcroft

Tanner Woods
4th Grade, Hobbs Elementary, Cheyenne

With extended closures due to current unforeseen circumstances, the Bookmark Celebration scheduled for April 24th has been postponed.  We will be holding a celebration for the finalists and their families at a later date.  Invitations will be mailed when the date and location of the celebration have been confirmed.  We appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we navigate these uncertain times.

In the meantime, we invite families and teachers looking for meaningful activities to check out our Family Learning Series and Wyoming Stewardship Project lessons.  All these materials are available to download and use for free.  Educators can also sign up for summer workshops that will be happening in communities across Wyoming. Together we will make it through this!

FFA in the Elementary Classroom

Members of Wyoming FFA chapters shared their knowledge of agriculture with fourth-grade students during the State FFA Convention in April.  Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom provided the workshop for FFA Members, before accompanying the Jr. High and High School students on a visit to the fourth-grade classrooms at Sunrise Elementary in Cheyenne.

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