For Jeremy Winsor’s classes at Fulton Middle/High School in Middleton, science learning extends far beyond a textbook. Winsor’s passion for agriculture, science and his students are the reasons Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) was proud to honor him as the organization’s 2019 Educator of the Year at the Promotion and Education Breakfast banquet at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Michigan Farm Bureau.
Winsor is constantly finding new and creative ways to integrate agriculture and natural resource topics into his daily curriculum, teaching sixth- through 12-grade science.
By introducing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Salmon in the Classroom program, he teaches his students about water quality, waste management, and biological requirements to sustain life. In addition to this, students work directly with biologists from the Department of Environmental Quality and DNR to learn about management practices in a nearby creek.
Winsor engages his students through hands-on learning, helping them understand the ways agriculture is connected to daily life.
“I am impressed with Jeremy’s work and ambition,” wrote his nominator, Marisa Bramer of Gratiot County Farm Bureau. “He has an exceptional work ethic that is evident by the success of the programs he has developed and his ability to communicate his vision to gain the support of the community.”
MFB’s Educator of the Year award recognizes teachers who excel at integrating agricultural concepts into curricula and challenge students to develop critical-thinking skills through the analysis of agricultural issues and information.
Winsor received a $500 grant to further agricultural educational opportunities in his school and community.
Sponsorship for the Educator of the Year Award is provided by AgroLiquid through the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture. A $1,500 sponsorship, the recipient receives a $500 cash award and a $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3), is governed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors and positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.