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Mineral Point Teacher to be Honored with Ag Excellence Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/05/2018

The Wisconsin elementary teacher whose students helped convince lawmakers to make cheese the state's official dairy product is among eight teachers from across the country to be selected for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award. Livia Doyle, who teaches fourth-grade in Mineral Point, will be honored at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine, this summer.

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit partner each year to honor teachers for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and and more.

"These teachers are examples of how using agricultural concepts in the classroom can successfully deliver important reading, writing, math, science and social studies lessons to students," said Dr. Victoria LeBeaux, the National Agriculture in the Classroom Program Leader for USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which provides federal leadership and annual funding for NAITC. "The real-life connections teachers make by using items students use every day resonates with them."

During June Dairy Month last year, Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill that added cheese to the list of other state symbols. Ms. Doyle's students pitched the concept to local lawmakers earlier in the year, which got them an invitation to testify in favor of the idea at an official committee hearing at the State Capitol.

Doyle earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a minor in early childhood, inclusion and Spanish. She also received a master's degree in elementary education.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau also honored Ms. Doyle with its Outstanding Teacher Award last fall.

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