Pioneer Hi-Bred Honors Teacher with AgriSCIENCE Award

Wisconsin Teacher Receives Award for Teaching Excellence.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Honors Teacher with AgriSCIENCE Award

(left to right) Michelle Gowdy, senior manager, Community Investment, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, award sponsor; Rick Henningfeld, award winner; and Alan McCormack, president, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Rick, agriscience educator, Big Foot High School, Walworth, Wis., was honored with the first George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teachers Award. 
(left to right) Michelle Gowdy, senior manager, Community Investment, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, award sponsor; Rick Henningfeld, award winner; and Alan McCormack, president, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Rick, agriscience educator, Big Foot High School, Walworth, Wis., was honored with the first George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teachers Award.
DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) honored Rick Henningfeld, agriscience educator, Big Foot High School, Walworth, Wis., with the first George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teachers Award. The award was presented during this year’s NSTA’s national conference in San Francisco, Calif. (U.S.)

“Pioneer views education as critical to support and drive innovation, so we are very pleased to recognize Mr. Henningfeld for his outstanding accomplishments,” said Michelle Gowdy, Community Investment senior manager. “He’s used his skills and experience to provide excellent learning opportunities for his students, both in and outside of the classroom.”

“Mr. Henningfeld is a humble, yet passionate teacher, student advisor, leader and a teacher’s teacher,” said Francis Eberle, NSTA executive director. “He is an exemplar of the FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) mission to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.” 

“I never imagined I’d receive such a prestigious award from a great and familiar company,” Rick said. “Receiving a letter from the president of Pioneer took me back to my childhood on the dairy farm, where trucks would drop off Pioneer seed bags, and my brothers and I would play on them.”

Pioneer Hi-Bred company founder Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965). His early understanding of corn genetics was a game-changer for farmers who soon realized greater yield and productivity. 
Pioneer Hi-Bred company founder Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965). His early understanding of corn genetics was a game-changer for farmers who soon realized greater yield and productivity.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was an agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor and teacher. 
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was an agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor and teacher.
Since 1986, the DuPont Office of Education has collaborated on a variety of NSTA projects and programs, such as conference workshops, short courses and the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition.  This newest award recognizes the member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy who advocates inquiry-based science teaching among all educators and inspires students to pursue science excellence. It also honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor and teacher. Carver also was a friend and mentor of Pioneer founder Henry A. Wallace. 

View the news release.

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