2014 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award
Mr. Dennis Peavy
Dennis Peavy uses agriculture across the curriculum with his Gifted & Talented 4th grade students. Each day, his class begins with an Agricultural Fact of the Day. He uses a myriad of agricultural publications as the students' required non-fiction text for reading requirements within the Common Core curriculum guidelines. Hands-on learning with worm bins, gardening in a "glove," and decomposing Jack-O-Lanterns in a classroom terrarium keep students engaged. Peavy's classes are members of the CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Ran, Hail & Snow Network) and each week two different students are assigned the task of reading an outdoor rain gauge and reporting the results to the online network. His students stay motivated throughout the school by engaging daily in agricultural education.