Kerr County teacher recognized by Texas Farm Bureau
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas)—An emphasis on agriculture has one teacher making a difference in her science classroom.
Mary Beth Bauer, a science teacher at Our Lady of the Hills High School in Kerrville, was named Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 2018 Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher. The award was presented during TFB’s 85th Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi today.
Nominated by Kerr County Farm Bureau, Bauer received the award for incorporating the importance of agriculture in and out of the classroom.
Bauer has focused on teaching her students about science and agriculture in her classes through hands-on and engaging activities. When she teaches water conservation lessons, Bauer highlights how farmers and ranchers care about water quality and work to manage the precious resource.
Not only has Bauer made agriculture a priority in her classroom, she has stressed the importance of other teachers using agriculture in the same way.
“Mary Beth is a very valuable resource to agriculture and to our youth,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “By incorporating agricultural concepts into classroom activities, field excursions and class trips, she has impacted thousands of young people’s lives for the better.”
Bauer graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Range Science and has been teaching for 33 years.
Outside of school, Bauer helps her family raise commercial cattle and registered Rambouillet sheep. These experiences help supplement her teachings.
“Mary Beth is dedicated to both agriculture and her students,” Boening said. “Her commitment is reflected in her hard work and in the success of her students.”
In recognition of her accomplishment, Bauer will receive a $600 cash award, as well as an expense-paid trip to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference next summer. The nominating county Farm Bureau also will receive a $400 cash award.