Livia Doyle, center, is presented with her award by Darlene Anderson, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, and Mineral Point Superintendent Luke Francois.

Livia Doyle, a fourth grade teacher at Mineral Point Elementary School, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program.

Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas, with the exclusion of certified agriculture education instructors, and eligible to apply.

“Livia is everything you could ask for in a teacher and educator about agriculture,” Darlene Arneson, Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, said. “She lives and breathes agriculture on their farm, in her classroom, and in her everyday life.”

Doyle earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UW-Platteville with a minor in early childhood, inclusion (special education) and Spanish. She earned her master’s degree in elementary education, also from UW-Platteville. She has taught in the Mineral Point School District since 2010 as a first grade teacher for one year and then in fourth grade thereafter.

“Livia has used agricultural resources, grants, and opportunities to enhance her classroom, the school garden project, and her students’ lives in so many ways,” Arneson added. “Last year her class made history as they successfully lobbied the Wisconsin Legislature to make cheese the official Wisconsin dairy project.”

Doyle will be Wisconsin’s nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award and will receive $500 to attend the 2018 National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine in June.

She and her husband Justin were also finalists for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Mrs. Doyle’s radio interview can be found here: