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Local teacher wins award
Local teacher wins award

Plant City, FL -- A Dowdell Magnet School teacher is being honored for bringing science to life for her students.

Four teachers, who come from all over Florida, were chosen by Florida Agriculture in the Classroom as winners of the 2011 Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award.

Susan Ferrell, lead teacher for the school's magnet program, is one of them.

The award is given to teachers who strive to use agricultural concepts to bring science and technical lessons into their everyday classrooms.

Ferrell is being recognized for bringing 'aqua-science' to the classroom with aquariums, hydroponic gardens and fish farming.

“These teachers have brought complex scientific ideas to everyday general education lessons,” Vina Jean Banks, chairman and Florida Beef Council representative for Florida Agriculture in the Classroom said in a release. “And in doing so, have shown these students that science and agriculture is not only important to everyday life, but is enjoyable and fun as well.”

Ferrell and the three other teachers will be honored at the 2011 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to be held June 22-25 in Fort Lauderdale.

For more information on Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, visit: http://www.flagintheclassroom.com/.

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