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Adding ag to the lesson plan

Rhonda Osborn - Jon McClure
Rhonda Osborn, a fourth grade teacher at Des Moines Christian Schools, works with Dallas County Farm Bureau member John McClure to bring lessons on livestock care to her students. Osborn is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. PHOTO / GARY FANDEL

Teaching is Rhonda Osb­orn’s passion. Teaching about agriculture is frosting on the cake.

The fourth grade teacher at Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture award, given by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF).

"This award is designed specifically to recognize teachers who are innovative in the classroom teaching about ag, and lift them up as a role model,” says IALF Executive Director Will Fett. 

Osborn was recognized for her seamless integration of ag into her classroom. 

She includes one ag unit each quarter, focusing on soybeans, corn, beef and turkeys. Her students build tractors from...




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