This summer, Southampton Intermediate School family and consumer sciences teacher Christina Cassel will be gaining new agricultural skills that she can pass on to her students. She is the recipient of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s $1,500 White-Reinhardt Scholarship, which provides her with the opportunity to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June.
“It is an honor to be a recipient of the White-Reinhardt Scholarship,” said Cassel. “With the knowledge gained from the conference, I can enhance my classroom lessons on promoting agriculture, and students will gain skills that will prepare them for real-life responsibilities at home, at school and in the workforce.”
Cassel has been teaching eighth-graders at Southampton Intermediate School for the past four years. An East End native, agriculture has always been a part of her life. Her parents, as dairy and poultry farmers, instilled in her a love of agriculture and taught her the importance of understanding food systems. She went on to study food service and management and culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is an ardent supporter of organic and local farming and has taught her students how to grow food in the school’s garden and then use it in culinary dishes.