Walker teacher wins honor for agriscience _lowres

Photo provided by Jason St. Pierre -- Walker High School agricultural science teacher Kelly Becnel, right, talks during a recent conference in New Orleans.

Kelly Becnel, agricultural science teacher at Walker High School, was chosen as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador through the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

As a national ambassador, she has been trained on inquiry-based instruction, a news release said.

The NAAE held its annual national conference Nov. 17-21 in New Orleans in conjunction with ACTE’s Career Tech Vision Conference.

At the conference, Becnel conducted a workshop based upon inquiry-based instruction titled “The Livestock Dating Game.” The professional development workshop was geared to agriculture teachers as a tool and lesson to utilize in their curriculum.

Teachers attending the workshop acted as students in order to better understand inquiry-based instruction. Becnel shared techniques on how to incorporate various inquiry strategies in the classroom, including interactive notebooks, stamps, group work and partner highlighting.

The NAAE Conferences hosts thousands agriculture teachers from across the country.