Teacher Feature – Amanda Hofmann

Posted: June 8, 2021

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom

Teaching:

School: Hiawatha Elementary School

Grade: 1st and 2nd

Subjects: All subjects

Number of years teaching: 5

Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have used AgriLearning Kits for the past 4 years, I teach and participate in Ag in the Classroom, and I was the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my school.

What is your favorite unit to teach? I have two favorites: Getting to the Core and Pumpkin Patch. I use the Apple Kit in September and the Pumpkin Kit in October! I love being able to use the ready-to-use kits from Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy program.

What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy building relationships with students.
What is something unique that you do in your classroom? I love to have dress-up days on Fridays (Funky Fridays) to motivate students the entire week.

How do you inspire your students? I inspire my students to learn by being relatable and making learning fun!
Why is it important for students to learn about food and farming? I think it is important for students to see the connection between farming and the food they eat. Our community is really into farming, so a lot of students already have at-home connections to farming.

Personal:

Hometown: Geneva

Family: Husband, Tyler Hofmann, pets Sophia and Winifred

College/Degree(s): Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, with English as a Second Language and Middle School English endorsements. I am currently working on my Master’s in Education in Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I love animals and wanted to be a veterinarian!

Favorites:

Quote: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” Winnie the Pooh

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and playing Animal Crossing

Book: “The Harry Potter” Series

Food: Tacos and iced coffee

Music: I mostly listen to country music, but “Baby Shark” is my favorite song!

TV show: “The Great British Baking Show”

Travel destination:
Italy


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