Lammiman receives national award
Douglas High School Agriculture Teacher Allyson Lammiman is one of six individuals nationwide who received the Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award, given Dec. 5 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Las Vegas.
The National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture.
Lammiman has been teaching agriculture at Douglas High School since 2005. Partnering with her school’s science department, Lammiman is able to offer some of her agriculture courses as a science credit, providing opportunities for more students to enroll in her classes. The school’s science teacher gets involved in the agriculture program by serving as co-advisor for the FFA chapter.
Embracing the area’s diverse agriculture, Lammiman also recruits volunteers from the community to coach FFA teams, teach the students to train horses, provide placements for the individualized work experience internship course, and help students raise livestock.
Lammiman bases her teaching philosophy on the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” Hands-on courses let students apply in-class lessons to real-life situations. Using performance-based assessments instead of the traditional exams assessments, Lammiman teaches her students how to think, instead of what to think. Her agriculture science class final is a job interview, where her students present a resume of the skills they gained in the class and interview their way out of class.
“The only time in life there is a multiple choice test is at a fast food restaurant,” she said. “Agriculture is a part of every American citizen’s life, whether as a consumer, producer, or any role in between. Agricultural education will strengthen my students’ literacy, math and science skills; because they will be able to apply these skills to real-life scenarios. In this environment students will build on their knowledge base, technical skills, problem solving abilities, and life skills so they are better prepared for their chosen path.”
Lammiman also personally values learning, and points to her recent participation in the DuPont Agriscience Teacher Ambassador program as an excellent educational and professional networking opportunity. As an Ambassador she has taught workshops on inquiry-based agriscience locally, state-wide and nationally.
Each of the six National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Las Vegas, and received a $1,500 grant to purchase agriscience supplies and equipment.
Award winners were also recognized at a general session at the National FFA Convention in October.