Lynn Snow, one of the founders of the Thomaston Grammar School Common Garden & Outdoor Classroom
Lynn Snow, one of the founders of the Thomaston Grammar School Common Garden & Outdoor Classroom
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Lynn Snow, a fifth grade science, English and language arts teacher at Thomaston Grammar School, has been named the 2019 Maine Agricultural Teacher of the Year by Maine Agriculture in the Classroom. 

Snow is one of the founders of the Thomaston Grammar School Common Ground Garden & Outdoor Classroom. The idea to create a school garden was based on the need to develop an Expeditionary Learning project.

Snow’s passions are described as subject area integration and hands-on learning, and the school garden has given her a platform to offer a multitude of authentic teaching opportunities across the curriculum.  

Each spring, fifth-grade students open the “Common Ground Garden Seed Company” where classrooms are converted into a business setting and students are employees. Snow’s classroom is equipped with a full kitchen and she uses the garden harvest to teach kids about cooking, nutrition and food safety. For the last three years, Snow and her colleagues have hosted a “TGSgiving” dinner in her classroom. The pre-Thanksgiving meal is a collaborative effort with all fifth-graders involved. Together they prepare and enjoy a traditional family-style meal, with turkey, potatoes, carrots, applesauce and desserts.

As Teacher of the Year, Snow will attend the Maine Agricultural Trades Show and the 2019 and 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom conferences and will work to promote education on food, fuel and fiber. Additionally, she will serve on the board of directors for the Maine School Garden Network. To learn more about the TGS Common Ground Garden and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, visit www.agclassroom.org/me/index.cfm.