Laura Klenda, agriculture teacher at Centre High School, was named the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators K-ACTE Young Teacher of the Year award winner at the 2018 Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Ag Ed Symposium in Lawrence Jan. 27.
“While not trying to reinvent the wheel, I try to adjust instruction to cater to the learning styles of my students and provide a hands-on approach to learning content,” Klenda said.
“This includes having discussions about how the content relates to the world around them and their own lives, as well as taking advantage of the expertise and experience of students who may already be familiar with the content.”
She added, “Agriculture programs prepare students for high-demand careers in cutting edge industries like biotechnology, renewable energies, engineering, food production, and more. They also teach students how to be leaders and prepare them to take on the challenges of the next generation.”
The Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators is an organization of teachers of agriculture at the high school, postsecondary, and adult levels who seek to advance agricultural education in Kansas.
The KAAE strives to provide leadership opportunities, service and advocacy for its members.