FAITC Selects Educator Advisory Panel

GAINESVILLE – Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Inc. (FAITC) has selected 12 teachers from around the state to sit on its first educator advisory panel to guide the association as it develops teaching materials, teacher workshops and other educational outreach efforts.

“The input of these teachers will be invaluable as Florida Ag in the Classroom evaluates its current materials and programs and develops new ones,” said Scott Emerson, chairman of FAITC. “We want to make sure all the educational tools we provide teachers are as effective, and helpful as possible.”

Charles Bronson, commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and a former agriculture teacher, agreed.

“Teachers know better than anyone else what will work in the classroom, and it’s great Florida Ag in the Classroom now has its own panel of experts to make sure the agricultural applications being suggested satisfy the needs of teachers and students,” Bronson said.

FAITC is a Gainesville-based, non-profit association founded in 1986, funded by the agriculture specialty license tag and charged with promoting agricultural education in Florida schools.

The FAITC educator panel will meet two to three times a year, and each member will serve a three-year term with one third of the group rotating off each year.

Teachers selected include:
• Constance Bogue, a science teacher of ninth and 10th graders at Umatilla High School in Mount Dora near Orlando.

• Katherine Cappa, a teacher of students in the sixth through eighth grade at the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind in Palm Coast north of Daytona Beach.

• Karen Hamilton, a teacher of students in the sixth through eighth grade at Rodgers Middle School in Riverview near Tampa.

• Angela Harris, a sixth grade math and science teacher at Suwannee Middle School in Live Oak east of Tallahassee.

• Diane Joyner, program coordinator for The Endeavor Academy in Titusville in Brevard County.

• Mark Miller, an educator with the Apopka Recreation Department near Orlando.

• Kathy Paige, a third grade teacher at Westside Elementary School in Clewiston east of Fort Myers.

• Diane Price, a teacher at Walton Middle School in DeFuniak Springs in North Florida.

• Susan Roberts, a science, family and consumer science teacher at Sarasota Middle School.

• Kelly Sherman Shoop, a third grade language arts teacher at Riverview Elementary School near Tampa.

• Elaine H. Wells, a first grade teacher at Beulah Elementary School in Pensacola.

• Cyanne Williams, a fourth grade teacher at Archer Community School near Gainesville.



Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
CHARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner