On The Farm

Meet The Participants


2017 Orlando Program

Dr. Patrick Bigelow

Supervising Interpreter, Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority

Milford, Michigan

Chantal Cagle

Secondary STEM Coach, Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation

Elletsville, Indiana

Charlotte Cearlock

Assoc. Faculty in Developmental Education, John Wood Community College

Quincy, Illinois

Megan Claycomb

5th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher, Blount County Schools

Rockford, Tennessee

Jarred Corwin

Secondary Science and STEM Specialist, Indiana Department of Education

Indianapolis, Indiana

Stacy DeVeau

4H STEM Program Coordinator

Prescott, Arizona

Sylvia Hickenlooper

Soil Conservationist, USDA-NRCS

Longmont, Colorado

Daniel Mullen

Second Grade Teacher, Archdiocese of New York

Astoria, New York

Zena Lewis

Teacher, Owasso 6th Grade Center

Owasso, Oklahoma

Kandy Noles Stevens

Adjunct Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

Russell Orr

Education Specialist, Discovery Park of America

Union City, Tennessee

Ginger Reimer

Education Director, Oklahoma Soybean Board

Claremore, Oklahoma

Mary Rinehart

Engineering and Technology State Program Leader, Indiana Department of Education

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sonia Soto-Ramirez

Magnet Coordinator, Palm Beach County

Canal Point, Florida

Gina Tesoriero

Learning Specialist, New York City Department of Education

New York, New York

Dr. Scott Townsend

Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University, College of Education

Berea, Kentucky

Rebecca Wattleworth

High School Science/Math Teacher, Warrensburg-Latham CUSD #11

Decatur, Illinois

Wendy Willard

1st Grade Teacher, Guilford County Schools

Greensboro, North Carolina

Cedric Payne

4th Grade Teacher, Clarke County Schools and Piedmont College

Winterville, Georgia

Janet Sweat

Teacher Support, K-12 Science and STEM, Columbia County District

Lake City, Florida

Keith Wynne

Instructional Lead, New York City Department of Education

Brooklyn, New York

2017 Los Angeles Program

Amber Burch

STEM coordinator / math specialist, Crooked Oak Public Schools

Oklahoma City, OK

Karen Earwood

Assistant Editor, National Agricultural Institute

Rupert, ID

Tracy Friday

Director of the BRIT SEED School, Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Fort Worth, TX

Lisa Hipp

4th / 5th Math / Science Teacher, Archdiocese of New York

New York, NY

Amy Hollenshead

Outdoor Learning Center Coordinator, Northwest ISD

Northlake, TX

Leesa Hubbard

Resource Teacher, Wilson County Schools

Lebanon, TN

Debra Krygeris

Teacher, Downers Grove Grade School District 58 / Whittier School

Downers Grove, IL

Sharon Luellen

Humanities Teacher / Science & Math Liaison, Ronzone ES

Las Vegas, NV

Michael Nicholson

Program Specialist / Consortium Lead, Stanislaus County Office of Education

Modesto, CA

Saundra Pitt

K-5 STEM Teacher, Blount County Schools (Walland Elementary School)

Walland, TN

Perri Rios-Dominguez

Science and Social Science Teacher, North Salinas High School

Salinas, CA

Brandon Rodriguez

Educator Outreach Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Pasadena, CA

Lynne Sharpe

Teacher - Leadership, San Juan Unified School District

Citrus Heights, CA

Mechelle Sieglitz


Farmington Hills, MI

Christiane Schau

Student and Family Engagement Strategist, Clark County School District

Henderson, NV

Tabatha Tierce

Instructional Coach, Cave Spring Elementary, Floyd County Schools

Cave Spring, GA

Andrew Weatherhead

Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Cody Zesiger

Science and Agriculture Teacher, Weber School District

Ogden, UT

Barry Carroll

Special Projects Manager, Office of Distance Learning, School of Education, Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Cliff Cockerham

Science Faculty - STEM pipeline program (Leadership Academy to Merritt College), Leadership Public Schools & Oakland Unified School District in collab. with Merritt College

Nashville, TN

Natalie Eckhart

Teacher, San Francisco Unified

Manhattan Beach, CA

Jessica Jones

Science Teacher, Attica School District

Attica, NY

Heather Kelley

Teacher, Brea Olinda Unified School District

Yorba Linda, CA

Erik Pierson

Teacher, Mat-Su Borough SD

Palmer, AK

Andrea Reilly

K-12 TAG Coordinator / STEM, Atlantic Community Schools

Atlantic, IA

2017 Boston Program

Logan Caldwell

Elementary Education Clinical Instructor and Site Coordinator, University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

Amy Dooley

Program Director, Jefferson Farm and Garden, University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

Allie Dorsey

Librarian / STEM Coordinator / Enrollment Coordinator, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Kansas City, KS

Kara Edwards

Executive Director, T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum

Alexandria, LA

Shekkola Gray

Science Specialist, Shadydale Elementary, Houston Independent School District

Houston, TX

Kishanna Harley

High School Librarian and Technology Teacher, Capital City Public Charter School

Washington, DC

David Hartney

President, Firsthand Learning, Inc. (A NY State 501c3 nonprofit)

Buffalo, NY

Chris Herald

STEM Project Coordinator, Manhattan-Ogden

Manhattan, KS

Anne Mannarino

Project Director of SWIRL (Standards Within Real World Learning), Martinson Math & Science Center, Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Courtney Mulcahy

School Programs Coordinator, Shelburne Farms

Shelburne, VT

Christie Orlosky

Teacher / Professor, Armstrong School District / Univ of Pittsburgh

Kittanning, PA

Lisa Posey

Instructional Technology Specialist, Genoa Central Elem

Texarkana, AR

Alison Puliatte

Assistant Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh

Ellenburg Center, NY

Kellie Rankey

School Age Education Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club of Boston - Jordan Club

Boston, MA

John Reichenberg

Science Teacher, Wicomico County Board of Education

Delmar, MD

Selena Scott

Technology Teacher and STEM Coordinator, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School / Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

Noblesville, IN

Wanda Wilds

Teacher, Ft Rucker Elementary

Enterprise, AL

Donna Calder

STEM Health/Science Teacher, Chicago Public Schools

Crestwood, IL

Rachel Carpenter

Education Manager, Children's Discovery Museum

Normal, IL

Stacy Johnson

4-H Program Coordinator, Redwood County 4-H

Redwood Falls, MN

Elena Korboukh

ELL Teacher, Delaware County Intermediate Unit

Philadelphia, PA

Yolanda Payne

Media Specialist/ STEAM coordinator, Clarke County Schools and University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Shari Schenfield

Science Unit Leader, Victory Christian School

Sapulpa, OK

Julie Smith

Teacher / Department Chair, Lennox Middle School

Playa Del Rey, CA

2016 Author Learning Program

Albert Monreal Quihuis

Arizona | website

“I am passionate about writing bicultural books that inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture, history and being proud of their heritage. This would be an opportunity to learn more about the importance of modern day ranching and farming and how it is necessary for our daily lives. I would like to know more about food, how it is made and how it get from ranch/farm to the kitchen table. I would look forward to making valuable contacts in this industry and listen to stories of ranch/farm life.”

Eric Ode

Washington | website | facebook

“As a full time children’s author, poet, songwriter, and educator I am often talking with kids about the importance of taking care of themselves. Healthy eating choices are a big part of that conversation. I’m looking forward to discovering new, fun ways to help children learn how to eat wisely.”

Katie Irk

Indiana | facebook

“I hope to learn more about farming in a different part of the country to be able to share through my national speaking tour, as well as learn how to best incorporate the message of agriculture in my writing.”

Lela Nargi

New York | website | twitter

“(I hope to gain) a better understanding of this industry, especially as it pertains to personal relationships that appeal to children.”

Lisl Detlefsen

Wisconsin | website

“I am looking forward to learning about other types of agriculture and touring farms and talking to farmers. Hopefully this experience will inspire future work!”

Lizzy Rockwell

Connecticut | website

“It would be wonderful to be inspired to create a new book as a result of my exploration. I am always inspired by seeing new places. Ideas for books almost always come when I am no where near my studio or computer! So a creative retreat would be a rare and wonderful opportunity.”

Loreen Leedy

Florida | website | facebook | twitter

“In addition to learning more specifics about beef cattle and ranch life, I’m hoping to have discussions with other participants about the various options for conveying this kind of information to the public via commercial publishing as well as distribution models that provide free books, activities, games and other materials to parents, teachers and children.”

Michael Spradlin

Michigan | website | twitter

“I think one of the most difficult part of writing books (certainly non-fiction) is getting the facts right. This experience will add to my knowledge, especially, of cattle ranching, which is a subject I am interesting in writing about. There is no substitute for up close, hands on experience and that is what this opportunity offers.”

Peggy Thomas

New York | website | blog | facebook | twitter

"I'm excited to meet the people who work everyday to produce the food and products I use. I hope to hear their stories and concerns, and to learn about key farming innovations or ideas that all young readers should be aware of."

Sandra Neil Wallace

New Hampshire | website | facebook | twitter

“I hope to gain a stronger working knowledge of cattle ranching and farming and how this impacts the lives of farm families. These insights will deepen the way I craft my characters’ lives.”

Shennen Bersani

Massachusetts | website | facebook | twitter

“I love speaking with children and visiting schools. I would have an abundance of fresh new material to share with and teach to children. With my On the Farm Author Experience I hope to gain working knowledge of cattle ranchers, how their farms are run, and how our food is raised and produced. Working from this knowledge base, I plan to write children’s book manuscript(s) describing “Farm and Farming” experiences to children.”

Susan Grigsby

Montana | website

“I hope to learn and discover; to spark ideas; to consider creative ways to incorporate discoveries into work that positively impacts readers- especially children.”

2016 STEM Learning Program

Denise Johnson

Director / Laboratory Team Leader Houston Independent School District / Hollingsworth Science Center

Houston, Texas

Do-Yong Park

Professor Illinois State University

Bloomington, Illinois

Jeanne Okrasinski

Associate Professor of Education, Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Hollie Rogers

K-12 STEM District Resource Teacher, Orange County Public Schools

Orange City, Florida

Lacy Cleveland

Research Associate Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

Kendra Renae Pullen

K-6 Curriculum Instructional Specialist, Caddo Parish Public Schools

Shreveport, Louisiana

Lisa Rigogliosi

Special Education Science Learning Specialist, East Bronx Academy for the Future

Oakdale, New York

Lisa Brightman

Professor, Edinboro University

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Patty McGinnis

Co-coordinator K-6 Science/Science & Gifted Seminar Instructor, Methacton School District

Eagleville, Pennsylvania

Mindy Pearson

High School District Science Coach, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Brandon, Florida

Ryan Rasar

STEM Coordinator, Nevada Virtual Academy

Henderson, Nevada

Rachel Jensen

K5 Science Professional Learning Facilitator/ District STEM Team, Richmond County School System

Augusta, Georgia

Kris Elliott

Director of STEM, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Nashville, Tenessee

Theresa Balan

Elementary Science Curriculum Coordinator, Oklahoma City Public Schools

Moore, Oklahoma

Glendar Haskin

K-12 Science Specialist, Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles, CA

Leslie Prudhomme

AP Biology Content Director, Mass Insight Education

Windsor, MA

Kimberly Robertson

Science Instructional Coach, Dallas Public Schools

Dallas, TX

Marla Broy

STEM Instructional & Curriculum Coach, Earle STEM Elementary

Chicago, IL