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Salute to Teachers: Santa Ynez High’s Genevieve Bishop Teaches Students to Grow In and Out of Class

Agriculture educator cultivates classroom creativity while planting seeds of learning — and more than a few oaks

[Noozhawk’s note: Second in a series on the teachers who will be honored Nov. 14 at A Salute to Teachers 2015, presented by Cox and the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Click here for a complete series index.]

More than 3,000 acorns were planted last year in the Santa Ynez Valley, thanks to Genevieve Bishop’s class at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.

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The class worked with the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau to start the seedlings, and the students monitored them until they could be transplanted.

“Our students take pride in participating in this project,” Bishop told Noozhawk.

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School teacher Genevieve Bishop is excited her students are planting trees that will be enjoyed by future generations. “Our students take pride in participating in this project,” she says. (Santa Barbara County Education Office photo)
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School teacher Genevieve Bishop is excited her students are planting trees that will be enjoyed by future generations. “Our students take pride in participating in this project,” she says. (Santa Barbara County Education Office photo)

The class project that aimed to help make up for dying or diseased oak trees, or those that have been cut down, is one reason why Bishop was nominated as a 2016 distinguished new educator by the County Education Office.

Bishop and six other teachers will be honored as part of the Nov. 14 Salute to Teachers 2015 gala at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Presented by Cox and the Santa Barbara County Education Office, A Salute to Teachers 2015 is co-sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross, Fielding Graduate University, Montecito Bank & Trust, Noozhawk and Village Properties.

Bishop, originally from San Luis Obispo, graduated from Cal Poly with a double major in agribusiness and wine and viticulture.

After receiving her agriculture education credential from Cal Poly, she was assigned to Santa Ynez High for her full-time student teaching and was hired in 2013 as the school’s third agriculture teacher.

Now in her third year of teaching, Bishop supervises student projects while also coaching and traveling with students to competitions and leadership events through Future Farmers of America.

Bishop teaches agriculture biology, ornamental horticulture, agriculture mechanics and agriculture government and economics.

She and her husband, Chris, live in Sisquoc and are expecting their first child in February.

Bishop’s nomination notes state that she is known for her creative lessons and passion for maximizing student learning.

She was nominated for the award by a mentor teacher, who said she spends hundreds of hours before school, after school and on the weekends planning for her classes, managing the high school’s four-acre farm with a flock of sheep, and still says “yes!” to other teachers, universities and community members who ask her for help with activities and events.

“(Bishop) is not the loudest or flashiest teacher on campus,” her mentor said. “Rather, she is a steady, quiet, behind-the-scenes powerhouse who knows how to get things done. She is the quietest rock star on our campus.”

A Salute to Teachers begins with a red-carpet reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido, and the awards show starts at 6 p.m. The event is black-tie optional.

Tickets are $14. Click here to purchase tickets online, or call 805.966.4946.

The event will be broadcast in its entirety on Cox Channel 8 later this year and will be available to be viewed online at Cox8TV.com.

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