Lansing Teacher Wins Award to Grow Agricultural Education

LANSING, (WILX)-- A Lansing teacher is getting special recognition for her passion for teaching.

News 10 morning anchor Lora Painter talked with Maureen McDiarmid, a biology teacher at Sexton High School in Lansing, who is one of only a hundred people from across the country winning a special grant to help make her unique program come to life. She is a winner of the Voya Unsung Heros Grant, a $2,000 dollar award to be used to help expand educational opportunities for local students. McDiarmid's innovative teaching idea is called "Agricultre Exploration," which focuses on STEM skills students need when they study agricultural sciences.

Maureen McDiarmid said, "A lot of the kids here have not had the opportunitiy to grow crops or even be around someone who has grown tomatos and other things,"

That is why she is connecting her students with Michigan State University professors and grad students; to give them a hands-on experience learning what agricultural sciences and those job fields are all about. McDiarmid said the need is great in getting local students connected with where their food comes from. Having her students learn from MSU's professional resources helps the Mid-Michigan community as a whole.

McDiarmid said, "It's how we feed our community and it's how we make sure everyone has good sources of food... I hope they get as passionate as I am."