Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Names Sebago Elementary School Educator as 2020 Teacher of the Year

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) recently awarded Sebago Elementary School fourth and fifth grade teacher Ted Bridge-Koenigsberg as the 2020 MAITC Teacher of the Year. Pictured above is Ted receiving his award from Amanda Beal, the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Willie Grenier, Executive Director of Maine Agriculture in the Classroom.

In their Newsletter, MAITC talks about Ted and how he integrates agriculture in his classroom:

Ted currently teaches grades four and five at Sebago Elementary School and has been using agriculture in his classroom for years to help transform the educational experience of his students. The Sebago Elementary School Garden hosts a combination of flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, and the centerpiece: grapes. Ted has been using the grape vines, perhaps more than any other species in the garden, to get kids interested in plants, and the food they produce. Ted has coordinated with Sebago Elementary kitchen staff, providing hands-on lessons that have seen the students make grape jam, and even grape fruit leather, right in the classroom. His current project is “Fleece to Felted Footwear,” where students are learning about fiber processing by turning raw wool and natural dyes into warm felted woolen shoes they can wear, integrating art, science, and social studies! In June, Ted will be traveling with us to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend sessions, and learn and connect with other educators from all over the country, and take that information and resources back to his school.

As part of the award, the MAITC teacher of the year gets to attend the MAITC annual Summer Teacher’s Institute free of cost and they also get to go to the National Ag in the Classroom conference.

The MAITC Teacher of the Year is a Maine elementary or secondary teacher who is using agricultural education materials/activities/resources in their classroom to teach core subjects. Teachers can apply for this award or be nominated. More information about the award and how to nominate or apply is available on the MAITC website.