FSG Elementary educator awarded as 'Teacher of the Year'

Congratulations, Mrs. Raubenstrauch!
Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

Marcia Raubenstrauch, STEAM Educator at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary in Ridgway, was presented with the Teacher of the Year Award from the PA Ag Promotion Committee
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results of the program are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. Raubenstrauch leads the Kindergarten-5th-grade program at the FSG school in Ridgway. 
The State Agriculture Promotion Committee is a resource to assist County Farm Bureaus in the development of promotional programs and activities aimed to educate others about agriculture.
This committee works alongside the PA Friends of Ag Foundation to better advocate on behalf of agriculture. County Farm Bureaus are asked to form Agriculture Promotion Committees to promote agriculture at the county level.
In response to the award, Raubenstrauch said, "I feel grateful and truly thankful for this award and because of my experience at the AG Institute, I have been able to become a better teacher for my students. I have always been passionate about teaching and after attending last years AG Institute I was so inspired by the instructors — like Leigh Ann Courtney and her staff and my sponsor’s educator coordinator Eva Strang of Allied Milk Products. I was determined and excited to enhance my already existing STEAM program."
Raubenstrauch smiled as she described how much she enjoyed the Elk County AG legislative Day she attended to meet members of the Elk County Farm Bureau and learn about the current issues that farmers were facing.
"In my professional opinion an understanding of agriculture should be the foundation of an elementary program and I feel lucky that I have the support of my administration to implement this within my STEAM curriculum. I also am thankful for the countless farmers, AG institute founders, and all the people that work hard to educate our youth about the importance of agriculture," she said.