The award honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor, teacher and friend and mentor of Henry A. Wallace, founder of DuPont Pioneer. The Carver Award recognizes the member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. DuPont has sponsored the Academy for 11 years. There are currently 181 Ambassadors from 49 states and Puerto Rico.
“My teaching philosophy is to provide a learning environment conducive to learning through individual and group interactions,” said Lemmer, a certified science teacher and 2004 graduate of NATAA. Inquiry-based teaching is at the core of Lemmer’s teaching philosophy. “My participation in the NATAA program validated my belief that agricultural education should integrate more science into the curriculum. I teach students how to research and discover answers, rather than handing out answers,” she said.
Lemmer was appointed by Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad to serve on the Governor’s Council for Agriculture Education in Iowa in 1989. She was the first agricultural education teacher appointed to chair the Iowa FFA Association Board of Directors. During her mor
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