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Published March 03, 2012, 12:00 AM

Morris, Minn., teacher wins national ag literacy teaching award

ST. PAUL — A Morris teacher has been named one of the nation’s exceptional teachers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization. Natasha Mortenson, an agricultural educator and FFA adviser at Morris Area High School, is one of five teachers nationwide to be chosen for this competitive award.

By: Tribune News, West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL — A Morris teacher has been named one of the nation’s exceptional teachers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization. Natasha Mortenson, an agricultural educator and FFA adviser at Morris Area High School, is one of five teachers nationwide to be chosen for this competitive award.

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson has had the opportunity to see Mortenson in action and says she is more than deserving of the award.

“I had the privilege of seeing Ms. Mortenson and her high school students during their visit to Lucy Laney Elementary in north Minneapolis. Many of these children had never been outside the city, much less taken a trip to a farm. With her leadership, her high school group really shined and made a lasting impression on hundreds of young students,” said Frederickson.

Mortenson’s program reaches nearly 1,000 inner-city students each year. In addition, her FFA students make monthly presentations at their local elementary school.

“I was excited to be chosen for this award. Getting to create opportunities for my students to teach what they have learned about agriculture is fulfilling,” said Mortenson. “My students love going to the city to teach. They are very concerned about the lack of knowledge on food production and they feel they make a difference.”

Mortenson, along with winners from Florida, Maine, New Mexico and Wyoming, will be recognized with an Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award at the 2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Colorado.

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