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. We host over 30 different activities each school year promoting agriculture and leadership development. We also manage a 900 square foot vegetable garden and a 900 square foot flower garden as well as a nearly 30 acre farm field.
Would you recommend the FTW workshops to other educators?
FTW has challenged me to further integrate science and mathematics into my agriculture classes as well as to collaborate with other teachers in my school and in other school systems. I would recommend FTW workshops to other educators in order to improve their teaching methods, gain more hands-on ideas, and to get great curriculum and supplemental materials.
As an FTW Alumni Educator, Ringler plans to share workshop information with other teachers in her district at the spring teacher’s meeting.
If you could develop the perfect crop, what would you develop?
A crop that is insect/disease resistant, highly nutritious, requires a small amount of water and fertilizer to grow, and has the ability to fixate its own nitrogen. A perfect crop would have a long preservation period, could be planted in any terrain or region, and would be acceptable to all governments of the world.