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Random Lake Teacher Recognized for Ag Literacy Efforts
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/26/2019

A fifth-grade teacher at Random Lake Middle School in Random Lake is the recipient of the Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom's Outstanding Teacher Award. Cindy Barber was selected by members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Agriculture in the Classroom program, which recognizes teachers for their efforts in teaching students the importance of agriculture.

"Cindy has been offering her students a wide-range of learning opportunities using programs and resources available on the local, state and national levels," said Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Darlene Arneson.

Last fall, Barber's students presented a farmers' market for their school, where they brought in donations of pumpkins, apples, string cheese and other products. The students also worked with the shop department to build pumpkin and ghost cut-outs.

Barber earned her bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to that she took pre-education classes from UW-Washington Center and earned an associate degree in culinary studies from Milwaukee Area Technical College. She taught at Lumen Christi School from 1993-200, as a substitute teacher in Random Lake from 2006-2010 before going full-time for the district.

She will be Wisconsin's nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award and will receive $500 to attend the 2020 National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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