Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our 2016 Teacher of the Year,
Melissa Doherty

Melissa Doherty teaches at Rocky Heights Elementary School in Hermiston. Melissa said she was “amazed when I realized that our students had no more understanding of our food chain than their urban counterparts… I saw how valuable the experience was to the students and how they remembered their experiences even years afterwards. I was sold on the value of using agriculture to bring subjects to life.”

She coordinates agricultural activities such as germinating, planting and harvesting potatoes, and then making potato chips with them!  Her second graders grew and sampled broccoli and alfalfa sprouts. Field trips, cooking lessons, and measuring weather and plant data all contribute to her very integrated curriculum.

AITC’s free resources have helped her work as “these [AITC] lessons build upon each other, while giving the students a real life experience. In providing students real life experiences, the learning process becomes more meaningful and lasting for our students.”

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