Mission: To increase agricultural literacy through PreK-12 education in Florida.
Vision: To be the leading collaborator and trusted provider of agricultural literacy resources and teacher professional development programs.
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is a non-profit organization that develops and trains teachers and agriculture industry volunteers in its agricultural curricula and materials, which they in turn use to educate students about the importance of agriculture.
It also provides grant money to teachers and volunteers for projects that teach students where their food comes from, and the important contributions Florida farmers make to their communities and their state.
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is funded by sales of the specialty agricultural license plate known as the Ag Tag. Your Ag Tag purchase allows Florida Agriculture in the Classroom to:
- Hold Florida’s Agriculture Literacy Day, in which thousands of industry volunteers read to tens of thousands of students every year.
- Award more than $600,000 in teacher and volunteer grant money since the program’s inception.
- Sponsor more than 15 workshops a year.
- Send teachers to the National AITC Conference.
Meet the Team
Becky Sponholtz joined Florida Agriculture in the Classroom as their Education Program Manager in June of 2013 and become the Executive Director in February of 2017. Before joining FAITC, she was an Agriscience Instructor and FFA Advisor for seven years at Keystone Heights High School and two years at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master of Agriculture from Auburn University. She is married to Corbin Sponholtz and has a son, Landon and daughter, Chandlee.
Tracee Schiebel joined Florida Agriculture in the Classroom as their Education Program Manager in June 2017. Tracee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business Management from State University of New York at Cobleskill and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education and Communication from the University of Florida. Before joining FAITC, Tracee was a HungerU member, traveling the country educating students about agricultural solutions to hunger, as well as substitute teacher when not traveling. Before attending college Tracee was a New York State FFA officer.
Carol R. Roe
Wm. G. Roe and Sons, Inc.
Florida FFA Foundation
Joan B. Kyle
Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association
Immediate Past Chair
Florida Citrus Mutual
Florida Peanut Producers
USF Polytechnic Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research Institute
Vina Jean Banks
Florida Beef Council
Florida Strawberry Growers Association
Dr. Brian Myers
UF/IFAS Agricultural Education & Communication
UF/IFAS Florida 4-H Youth Development
Lee Ann Fisch
Florida Forestry Association
Farm Credit of Florida
Dairy Council of Florida
Florida Department of Education
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Eric J. Cassiano
UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory