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Outstanding Teacher Will Bring Innovative Learning Techniques into Local Science Classrooms

WILMINGTON, Del., July 22, 2013 – Shannon Boswell, high school agriscience teacher, Doddridge County High School, West Union, W.Va. successfully completed the 11th annual DuPont National AgriScience Teachers Ambassador Academy (NATAA) at the company’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md.  Upon receiving the certificate of completion, Ms. Boswell became an “Ag Ambassador,” joining the 228 other outstanding teachers who, over the last decade, have attended NATAA and earned that designation.

The NATAA “Ag Academy” is a professional development institute sponsored by DuPont and is a special project of the National FFA Foundation and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).  This year, 48 highly-recommended agriscience teachers were selected to engage in inquiry-based activities, where they explored innovative teaching concepts in a classroom setting and spent the majority of the training time applying what they learned outside the classroom through real-world, hands-on activities on Chesapeake Farms 3,300-acre working farm. 

By bringing theses new learning experiences back to the classroom, teachers make the learning experience for their students more intriguing and fun, so students are motivated to learn more about agriscience and its role in helping create a healthier, more sustainable future.

“Making sure we have enough healthy, nutritious food to feed a rapidly growing global population is one of the greatest challenges that the world faces today,” said Rik L. Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection.  “The ongoing work of the Ag Academy helps us take a significant step toward meeting that challenge, as it embodies both the professional development required and the enthusiasm necessary to help students flourish in agriscience-related fields.”

 

In addition to applying new teaching techniques in the classroom, Ag Ambassadors also present workshops to their peers.  In the last ten years, approximately 12,000 teachers across the U.S. including Puerto Rico and Alaska have participated.  In all, Ag Ambassadors have had a direct impact on tens of thousands of students.