Christina Lorenz teaches agriculture and serves as an FFA advisor at Perrydale.
As of Tuesday, January 2, 2018
PERRYDALE — Christina Lorenz, Perrydale’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, is Oregon’s “Teachers Turn the Key Award” recipient for 2017.
The award is presented by the National Association of Agricultural Teachers, and Lorenz was selected for the honor by the Oregon Agriculture Teachers Association. The award selects educators in their first four years of teaching for recognition and professional development.
“Miss Lorenz brings a great deal of variety of up-to-date agricultural curriculum to her students and stats on the forefront of new trends while laying a foundation of lifelong learning,” said Kirk Hutchinson, a Perrydale School Board member and retired agricultural teachers.
As a recipient, Lorenz earned a scholarship to participate with other awardees in a three-day professional development seminar during the NAAE annual convention in Nashville held Dec. 5-9.
“We were all in the same place, so it was kind of neat to network with them and learn from teachers who are in the same place,” Lorenz said. “What was even better was having veteran teachers and industry professionals come in and talk with us and work with us to help us develop further.”
When designing lessons, Lorenz asks one question: “When am I ever going to use this?” That drives her to include meaningful activities in her lessons, her award announcement from the NAAE said. In her classes, students extract strawberry DNA to demonstrate how scientists move genes to create genetically modified organisms. Students in agriculture business and mechanics classes manufacture sprinklers and design a sales and marketing plan for their invention.
Lorenz was presented the award during the convention’s general session.
“I was pretty honored because there are a lot of deserving candidates within our state in their first four years of teaching, so it was a really special opportunity for me to be there and get the experience this year,” she said.