2004 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award
Ms. Wava Tulley and Ms. Teresa Tucker
are a team of teachers that have developed an agricultural literacy program that takes students out of the classroom and onto the land to learn about agriculture in their local area. When the agriculture literacy project started in Niobrara County, there were limited lessons available to stimulate the students understanding of agriculture. They spent numerous hours researching and developing lessons that would aid them in enhancing the agriculture literacy project. Today, the project spans from outdoor hands-on activities on ranches and farms to connecting classroom lessons back to the agriculture industry.
Together, they have initiated a program that not only achieves the core curriculum standards required by the state, but also stimulates students interest in agriculture, develops the students appreciation for the land and the resources it provides, and plants the seed in the minds of students that agriculture is vital to their county, state and nation.
Wava is a 3rd grade teacher at Lusk Elementary in Lusk, Wyoming. She has a Bachelor degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming and has been teaching for 21 years where she has taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. In 1996 Wava helped establish the Agriculture in the Classroom program in her school and continues to incorporate lessons in to standard based learning.
Teresa is a 4th grade teacher at Lusk Elementary in Lusk, Wyoming. She has been involved in teaching for 23 years and holds a Bachelor degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Teresa has been incorporating agriculture and natural resource education into her classroom since 1996.