2001 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award
Mrs. Kathy Picano
a fifth grade teacher at H. L. Johnson Elementary School in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, infused a wide array of agricultural topics and experiences into her classroom and subject-matter throughout the year. Kathy's active hands-on learning about agriculture approach is evident. This is especially true of science incorporation with the Sharing Our Agricultural Roots (SOAR) program and the Apogee wheat. Expanding the potential to make connections across all subject areas is unique as it includes the concern for wildlife, conservation, the environment, the elderly, and responsible behavior development. The fascination and involvement of parents also demonstrates the impact not just on her students but their families as well.