Liberty Farm Agent was named County Teacher of the Year

Mandy Garner, one of Sacramento County’s 2022 Teachers of the Year – and the first to be named from Galt, made her think about what she has done as a teacher for 18 years as a freelance high school teacher and chair of the Department of Agriculture.

She, in particular, considers the process of developing the “Freedom” AG curriculum to be a “good” program today. After teaching at Galt High School for four years, he graduated. When it opened in 2009, he came to Freedom Farm and helped with the partner program with other teachers Brian Dodson and Mark Feverbach.

“It was exciting to see the different stages we went through, the resources we had, and the resources we had,” Garner told the Herald. Galt only facilitates student learning and student opportunities, so how come they are not encouraged by all this? ”

That community involvement, particularly for agricultural education, initially prompted Garner and his wife to move to Galt, and Garner’s growing department of independent farming said, “Depending on his family, they will go a long way toward any new program.” Communities that include the Galat community and how supportive they are.

In an online ceremony on July 29, Sacramento County Education Office announced that Korncho Kordova, a teacher, was one of two county teachers of the year. Garner, a teacher of the year at the Commonwealth High School District (GJUHSD), was the first teacher from Galt School to be honored in the county.

The Department of Agriculture is divided into three categories: Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Science and Floriculture and Gardening. While teaching in all three fields, today Garner teaches only flower lessons.

In addition to the classes, the department promotes community engagement and business skills through student-run organizations and 3 hectares of farmland.

McCaffrey Farm, a partnership between Liberty Ranch FFA and McCaffrey Middle School, provides products for local elementary schools as well as malnourished families. Some products are sold in “community-supported farm boxes”.

Garner said his experience in agriculture is an example of how students acquire “crafts” in the technical, personal, and business aspects of agriculture.

Independence Farmer Joe Sarmago told the Herald that an important part of Garner’s teaching style was “her ability to communicate with students.”

“It is clear to the students that you are paying close attention to their success,” says Saramago.

During the school year, Garner mentioned his commitment to making floral design lessons possible during distance learning.

“Ms. Garner will be out of class every week, and they have been driving to pick up flowers and supplies for the children to work on the zombies,” said Sarmago.

GJUHSD superintendent Lisa Pettis felt the same way, pointing out Garner’s leadership skills, his desire to work with students, and his reputation in the community.

“This school is one of the pillars of this district. You can never fill your shoes,” Petis said in an interview.

And Petis said graduates who have completed their aging education in Gall are more likely to stay in agriculture after graduation. Studies over the past three years have shown that, on average, 90% of Galg Ag students remain in their field of study six months after graduation.

“He says a lot, and for some it will be a lifelong job,” Petes said.

Garner thanked the Department of Agriculture for its support. She referred to the “great men” she worked with, the contributions of Dodoson, Feverbak’s “Counseling and Friendship” as well as teacher Melissa Porter and other AG staff.

“Also, I say we always have great kids,” and it only comes with great parents and a great community behind us.


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