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Kentucky Educator Earns National Ag Teaching Excellence Award
Kentucky Ag Connection - 03/16/2023

Kendel Hayden, a teacher in Owensboro Middle School, has been selected as one of eight recipients of the 2023 National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award.

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Farm Credit partner each year to honor teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from around the country for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM, STEAM and more.

"National Agriculture in the Classroom is honored to recognize and celebrate these talented teachers for their innovative approach to teaching core academic concepts through the lens of food and agriculture," said NAITCO President and New York Agriculture in the Classroom Director Katie Carpenter. "Their effort to provide authentic learning experiences for their students is critical to creating an agriculturally literate generation who understands and appreciates the source and value of agriculture in their daily lives."

Additional teachers being honored as this year's winning teachers are:


- Clayton and Megan Kappauf, Oxford, N.Y.

- Jessica Rettler, Plainfield, Wis.

- Haley Broussard, Erath, La.

- Melody Thieme, St. George, Utah

- Monica Massei, Winder, Ga.

- Stacey Sanborn, Windham, Maine


- Jennifer Hatch, Rocky Mount, Va.

Hayden will be honored at the 2023 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference taking place June 26-29 in Orlando, Fla.

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