Ag in the Classroom program names coordinator
Deanna K. Karmazin of Lincoln is the new coordinator for the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program.
Agriculture in the Classroom is a nationwide educational program to help students understand that agriculture is the source of food, clothing, shelter and other essentials of life.
In Nebraska, it is managed and funded by the Nebraska Foundation for Agricultural Awareness, which has its headquarters at the Nebraska Farm Bureau office in Lincoln.
Karmazin’s appointment was announced March 10 in Lincoln at the annual meeting of the foundation by Eric Brown, foundation president and general manager of KRVN Radio in Lexington.
“Deanna brings a wealth of educational and agricultural experiences to this critical position, and the leadership skills to move it forward,” Brown said. “She has given dozens of presentations that help children and adults understand agriculture and its importance to them and to our state.
Karmazin has been an extension associate with UNL Extension in Lancaster County since 1996.
In that position she designed, taught and evaluated 4-H programs in many areas and developed educational curricula to supplement 4-H activities.
Karmazin earned a B.S. degree in agricultural education from UNL in 1996 and an M.S. degree in agricultural leadership, education and communications in 2000. She is a Nebraska certified teacher and is a certified grant writer.
She is a graduate of the Nebraska LEAD program and serves on the boards of the Nebraska AgRelations Council and the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association.
From 2002 to 2005, she was an elected member of the Lancaster County Agricultural Society (Lancaster County fair board).
Karmazin will assume her new responsibilities on April 11. She succeeds Ellen Hellerich of Valparaiso, who is retiring at the end of March.