Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas, with the exclusion of certified agriculture education instructors, are eligible to apply for the award.
“Tracey does an exceptional job of infusing agricultural concepts in to her curriculum,” Wendy Kannel, Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Coordinator said. “She wants to make sure her students understand and appreciate the importance of agriculture in our society. With her enthusiastic approach of using hands-on activities and real-life examples she has done just that.”
Tumaniec received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary and middle education from Viterbo University, a Master’s of Education in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Principal Licensure from Viterbo University. She taught in the Black River Falls School District before coming to Eau Claire in 2014.
Tumaniec will be Wisconsin’s nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award and will receive $500 towards attending the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
For more information on the Ag in the Classroom’s Outstanding Teacher Award, contact Wendy Kannel at 608.828.5719.
Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and students K-12 with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation’s largest industry: Agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from agricultural organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.