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Patch | by Skyla Luckey | March 30, 2021
BARTOW, FL — A Bartow Middle School teacher was recognized as a Polk County School District MVP for Florida’s 17th Congressional District Tuesday.
Michele Parmer got the recognition from U.S. Representative Greg Steube because of her dedication to educating students through their Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, a news release said.
“I am honored to recognize one of our district’s most outstanding teachers today, Michele, for her leadership and commitment to educating the youth in our community,” Steube said. “She has gone above and beyond her role as an educator through dedicating her time to the FFA program and getting our future generations involved in Florida’s thriving agriculture industry.”
Through the FFA program, Parmer works to prepare students to earn certifications to help pay for college education and join careers in agriculture. Each year, Parmer leads students in growing vegetables such as collard greens, and houses a farrow to finish hog operation with the FFA chapter.
The Bartow Middle FFA chapter was also named one of the finalists for the “Middle School Model of Excellence,” which is an honor awarded to the top FFA programs in the entire nation. Even while the school term was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parmer continued growing and harvesting the crop fields and ensured they were dispersed around the community.
Photo: U.S. Rep. Greg Steube honored a Bartow Middle School teacher for her dedication to educating students through Future Farmers of America. (Courtesy of U.S. Representative Greg Steube. )