Farm to School Curricular Connections 2019
Join Food Connects to hear a special presentation by Springfield teachers, Becca Osborn, Liz Coen, and Keegan Harris. Educators know that integrating farm to school topics in the classroom can be difficult, but they welcomed the challenge. In the last year, the teachers have developed new classes, which focus on food systems, food traditions, and cooking with local foods. Come hear their story!
Becca Osborn is the STEAM teacher at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, VT. She teaches project-based STEAM enrichment classes to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Classes she has offered include Farm to School, Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Environmental Education and Forestry, Bikes, and Engineering Challenge. This is her second year of teaching middle school. Before returning to school to become a teacher she studied Environmental Science at SUNY ESF and worked on various organic and educational farms for five seasons in Vermont and the Mid West.
Liz Coen has been an educator at Springfield High School for 11 years, six of those years were spent teaching Social Studies. For the past two years, she has been an instructional coach working with the humanities, art and world language teachers. She co-teaches Food and Social Justice with Keegan Harris. She is passionate about connecting her students to the community in meaningful ways and often has students engage in problem-based learning as a way to do that. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her husband and their two young children.
Keegan Harris worked as a field hand on organic mixed-vegetable farms for five years before coming to Springfield High School as a teacher. He has worked in the social studies department there for five years and does field work during the summer for the Mountain School in Vershire, VT. Outside of teaching and farming, Keegan studies the history of mass political movements and is a community organizer with the Vermont Workers' Center.