​​ Vermilion County Farm Bureau
  Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918

Joan Dale Named AITC Teacher of the Year


Joan Dale, a language arts teacher for Schlarman

Academy 4th - 6th grades, is the 2020 Ag in the

Classroom Teacher of the Year. Ms. Dale came

to Danville from the south Chicago suburbs 32

years ago. She admits she and her students alike

have learned so much about farming and food

through Ag in the Classroom. Dale previously

taught twenty years for Danville District 118, and

utilized AITC for many of those years. She is in her

fifth year at Schlarman Academy,  where she

continues to utilize the program. Last spring when

schools shut down, Mrs. Dale was one of the

teachers that used our Grab & Go activity bags for

remote lessons.


Previous AITC Teachers of the Year

2019 - Chris Jaruseski, Mark Denman Elementary, Danville

2018 - Sue Heidle, Danville Lutheran School, Danville

2017 - Michelle Lawhorn, Mark Denman Elem, Danville

2016 - Mandy Mourer, Northest Magnet Elem, Danville

2015 - Lisa Witsman, Judith Giacoma Elementary, Westville
2014 - Kathy Carmody, East Park Elementary, Danville
2013 - Lisa Unzicker, Northeast Magnet Elem, Danville
2012 - Diana Pratt, Danville Lutheran School, Danville
2011 - Carol Finley, Bismarck-Henning Elem, Bismarck
2010 - Kammie Richter, Oakwood Jr High, Oakwood

Ag in the Classroom is a one of the biggest programs conducted by

Vermilion County Farm Bureau.


Through Ag in the Classroom, teachers have access to free materials, lesson plans, classroom presentations and access to thematic learning kits.