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DuPont Announces Winner of AgriSCIENCE Award for Teaching Excellence
Local Chatham Teacher Combines Science and Agriculture to Win National Recognition
WILMINGTON, Del., March 26, 2015 -- Jessica Jones, agriscience teacher, Chatham Middle School, Chatham, Va., has been selected to receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher's Award in recognition of teaching excellence. The award recognizes the member of the top-ranking DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. Jones was recognized at the DuPont dinner gala held during the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) national conference, March 12-15 in Chicago, Ill.
"The global population is expected to grow to 9 billion in the next three decades," said Rik L. Miller, president of DuPont Crop Protection. "We are dependent on those excellent teachers who recognize the increasing needs of our changing world and are able to instill the quality and content required now to help meet this growing challenge. We are pleased to honor Ms. Jones for her commitment to inspire today's youth, and through agriscience, teach them well the skills they will need to provide enough food, energy and protection for the 21st century."
The award honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor, teacher and friend and mentor of Henry A. Wallace, founder of DuPont Pioneer. Jones, a graduate of Virginia Tech, holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Horticulture and Social Change, and a B.S. in Education with an emphasis in Agriculture. She also holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and is currently working on her doctorate at Lynchburg College in Virginia.
"My teaching philosophy is to be challenging and relevant through what I call 'flearning' -- fun and engaged learning," said Jones. "I incorporate science inquiry as a way to reach goals and objectives. Students investigate many components, find a direct result and apply findings making the inquiry real. I look at problem solving through their vantage and hopefully instill passion as well as the education and tools to carry these skill sets beyond the classroom in order to be universal."
Jones joined Chatham Middle School in 2007 where she teaches agriscience, and is a 2010 graduate of NATAA. Chatham is a middle school of approximately 450 students with diverse backgrounds located in a primarily rural area. She mentors more than 500 students each year in FFA activities as advisor with the Chatham Middle FFA Chapter. In addition, she has received a number of recognitions for teaching excellence including the 2015 Virginia ACTE Teacher of the Year (Association for Career & Technical Education), and is first runner-up for the 2015 National AFBF Achievement Award (American Farm Bureau Federation) in which candidates must win first place at their own state level to qualify. Jones is also the first recipient of the Dr. Glen Anderson Award dedicated to advancing the professional development of agriscience teachers, presented by the State of Virginia.
As the 2015 George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE award winner, Jones will receive a $2,500 personal award and Chatham's agriscience department will receive a $2,500 grant for classroom resources and equipment. In addition, she receives expenses paid trips to NSTA and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) 2015 national conferences held in Chicago, Ill., and New Orleans, La., respectively.
The NATAA is a professional development institute sponsored by DuPont and is a special project of the National FFA Foundation and the NAAE. Highly recommended agriscience teachers engage in inquiry-based activities and learn techniques and exciting new approaches that, when brought back to the classroom, will stimulate students to learn more about agriscience and its role in helping create a healthier, more sustainable future.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.
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