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.
Now accepting applications for the 2019 Educator of the Year!
Please fill out our short application, tell us about the Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom programs you are using with your students, and share 1-2 images from your class.
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Meet our 2018 Educator of the Year
Havely Holt, Douglas
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) would like to congratulate Havely Holt, the 2018 Educator of the Year. Ms. Holt is a Wyoming native and currently teaches 4th Grade at Douglas Upper Elementary in Converse County.
Havely is active in her school, community, and WAIC programs. She served as one of the many educator writers for the Wyoming Stewardship Project during the summer of 2017 and then piloted the lessons in her classroom this past school year. Havely commented about the experience, “Working on the Stewardship Project was the most valuable professional development I have ever participated in during my 13 years of teaching. It challenged me as a teacher, stretched my mind, and strengthened my abilities. The experience and resources available to us surpassed all expectations. I know I will never have the opportunity to participate in such a well thought out and executed program again…and I am beyond grateful to have been a part of such an amazing experience.”
She went on to comment, that while she used these units to cover science and social studies standards for her class, the lessons tied in with already planned field trips, and provided cross-curricular opportunities that allow students to deepen their learning and apply the concept of stewardship to many subjects explored during the year.
As the 2018 Educator of the Year, Holt will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000 through Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom. The award is funded by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Wyoming Livestock Roundup is also a sponsor of the program.