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Teachers all over the state and beyond are using Feed the World lessons with their students! See how other teachers are implementing this curriculum in their classrooms, learn about emerging agricultural topics and resources, and get the latest updates on our workshops and satellite activities.

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Meet Alumni Educator Laura Ringler

Apr 12, 2017
Laura Ringler is in her eighth year in the classroom. She teaches Ag Business, Food Science, Animal and Plant Science Agriculture, and Foods and Natural Resources at Plymouth High School. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students mature and retain information, and seeing former students take their places as productive members of society. Are you involved in other ag or science-related school activities? I am our school’s FFA adviser. …

Meet Alumni Educator Donna Meller

Apr 12, 2017
Donna Meller is a science instructor at Pettisville High School, teaching 8th grade science, chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology, environmental science and a high school research class. Other roles include Science Fair Director, STEM Club co-coordinator, Pettisville FFA Alumni member, and Henry County Junior Fair Board Advisor for the Horse Department. In addition, she provides oversight for all science research projects at the high school and works closely with the …

Meet Alumni Educator Rachel Sanders

Apr 3, 2017
Rachel Sanders teaches Bioresearch at Global Impact STEM Academy. She’s been teaching for 18 years, and her favorite part of teaching is exploring new ideas and experiments with students. She is co-advisory of the school’s FFA team, coordinator of the Clark County Science Fair, and hosts a 4H STEM summer camp. What is the benefit of FTW resources? I highly recommend the FTW pd events to educators because of the hands-on …

Meet Alumni Educator Jeremy Grove

Apr 3, 2017
Jeremy Grove is in his fifth year of teaching AFNR, Animal and Plant Sciences, and Agronomic Systems at East Technical High School in Cleveland. He also advises the FFA chapter at his school. He particularly enjoys the moment when students who were in total confusion and disbelief finally understand a concept! Why would you recommend the FTW resources to other educators? The best thing about FTW is the network of …

Class collaborations create ethanol and biodiesel at Fort Jennings

Mar 23, 2017
Students in Jeff Jostpille’s Fort Jennings Environmental Science class have recently been studying alternative energy sources, researching and experimenting with wind power, solar power, and hydrogen fuel cell power. They then turned their attention to fuels produced from biomass. Two such fuels include biodiesel and ethanol. Working with Chemistry teacher Heather Harmon, the two classes combined their knowledge to successfully create ethanol and biodiesel. The Fort Jennings students prepared 4 different …

Meet Alumni Educator Chuck Crawford

Mar 21, 2017
Chuck Crawford teaches AP Environmental Science and Advanced Research in Science at Dublin Jerome High School. In his 19th year of teaching, Crawford’s favorite part of the job is interacting with students and seeing their development over the year. A demo plot on school grounds allows Crawford to incorporate hands-on ag-related activities and lessons in his classes. Would you recommend the FTW workshop to other educators? Yes! This gives us …

Meet Alumni Educator Jeff Jostpille

Mar 20, 2017
Jeff teaches Biology, Anatomy, Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science, and 8th grade Science at Fort Jennings High School. He’s finishing up his 28th year as a teacher, and his favorite part is being in the classroom talking about science and participating in science through labs, projects, experiments, etc. He likes being with the kids and helping them discover something new about the world. In addition to teaching, he coaches the Envirothon …

Plant genetics studied with mini-grant materials

Mar 18, 2017
Science teacher Donna Meller said the Pettisville High School STEM Program appreciated the mini-grant they received this year to help provide materials for a Genetics Module. Students participated in a four-week unit led by Bill Holdsworth, Plant Breeder from Rupp Seeds, on Plant Genetics. For one of the sessions Meller’s class used the pGlo Transformation kit purchased with funds from the Feed the World mini-grant to learn how plant genetics …

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