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.
Jennifer Morgenthal, Education Specialist, comes to us from Williston, FL. The land of watermelon, peanuts, cattle and timber! She was Valedictorian of her graduating class from Williston High School. Her love for the industry was built by her agriculture teachers, Marcia Smith, Chris Wilder and the late Robert Philpot. She attended the University of Florida and earned her Bachelors in Agricultural Education and Communications. She started her teaching career at Freedom High School and Steinbrenner High School in Hillsborough county. She then moved into online education as an instructor with Florida Virtual School. She is married to Ryan Morgenthal and has 2 sons, Royce and Reese and one daughter, Rose.
Florida State Fair
Dairy Council of Florida
Joan B. Kyle
Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association
Immediate Past Chair
Carol R. Roe
Wm. G. Roe and Sons, Inc.
Florida Peanut Producers
Florida Polytechnic University
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
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
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association