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Janesville Teacher Recognized for Ag Literacy Efforts
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/29/2021

A fourth-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville is the recipient of the Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom's Outstanding Teacher Award. Carmen DeKok was selected by members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Agriculture in the Classroom program, which recognizes teachers for their efforts in educating students the importance of agriculture.

"Carmen has been working closely with Sheila Everhart, former Rock County Ag in the Classroom coordinator, gathering resources, connecting with field trip locations, and getting educational resources for her classroom," said Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Darlene Arneson. "This past summer, she also served on a committee selecting our 2021-2022 Book of the Year and Essay Contest topic."

DeKok integrates agriculture into her core curricula areas including reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. She also has local farmers come to her classroom to share information about their farms, the technology they use and their day-to-day activities.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Winona State University and her master's degree from University of Wisconsin Whitewater. DeKok taught fifth and sixth grade at Harrison Elementary School in Janesville for 21 years before moving to Roosevelt Elementary in 2008 where she has taught both third and fourth grades.

DeKok will be Wisconsin's nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award and will receive $500 to attend the 2022 National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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