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Morrison teacher named Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year


Morrison Elementary kindergarten teacher, Audrey Harmon, was named Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Feb. 25. She was presented the award in a surprise presentation by Oklahoma Department of Agriculture AITC coordinators.

"We are really excited about Mrs. Harmon receiving the award this year because she is such an enthusiastic young teacher," said Dana Bessinger, AITC coordinator. "She's the kind of teacher we like to have teaching kids about agriculture by incorporating it into their lesson plans."

A parent of three sons, Harmon is also active in 4-H activities and has a good rapport with local agricultural producers and other parents, she adds. This has made it possible to bring some real hands-on agricultural activities to school.

One of her classes' favorite activities involves shelling and then grinding locally grown corn into cornmeal, Harmon said. She brings in an antique corn sheller the students can use in the project.

"They enjoy feeling the corn, weighing it and seeing the soft, red corncobs after it is shelled," she said. "Students are able to take home their cornmeal afterward and they just can't wait to participate."

She will receive a trip to the Ag in the Classroom National Convention in St. Louis, Mo., and a $500 honorarium from long-time agriculture supporter, Dosia Jackson.

Harmon has helped with Ag in the Classroom curriculum development, attended workshops, and taught Ag in the Classroom to a California 4-H group as well as Farm Bureau Women and Young Farmers and Ranchers groups.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she has taught 9 years.

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