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Cooper's Heyn Named Outstanding Ag Teacher in State

Margaret Heyn, a third-grade teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Sheboygan, is the recipient of the Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Award.

The selection was made by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Agriculture in the Classroom program to recognize the top teacher in the state for his or her achievement and effort in teaching students the importance of agriculture.

"Margaret is very deserving of the award because of incorporation of agriculture into her curriculum so that her students understand the impact agriculture and the dairy industry makes in their lives," said Darlene Arneson, Ag in the Classroom coordinator.

Heyn chaired a committee of teachers and representatives of Sheboygan County Farm Bureau who planned a field trip to a local dairy farm for several hundred third-graders from the Sheboygan Area School District.

The students experience seven learning stations including a milking parlor, a barn, life of a cow, the role of a veterinarian, nutrition for cows and calves, machinery used for harvesting crops and an information center on Wisconsin cheeses and farms presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

Heyn has taught for 35 years and has been at Cooper Elementary School the past 18 years.

Heyn has received the Wisconsin Elementary Science Teachers (WEST) Award in 2004, was named Who's Who among Teachers and received the PTA Lifetime Member Award in 1999.

Heyn who will receive a cash award, classroom presentation and educational resources, is Wisconsin's nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 16, 2008