Meet the Staff
MN Ag in the Classroom Staff
MAITC Education Specialist
Email | 651-201-6486
Sue Knott's agriculture roots were established on her family's farm in southwestern Minnesota. Experiences in 4-H, FFA and helping raise crops and livestock, inspired her to earn a degree in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota. She taught high school Agricultural Education for nine years before joining the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom team as Education Specialist in 2011. In this position, she has focused on providing professional development for K-12 teachers to introduce them to agriculture and how to use authentic agricultural content to enhance classroom instruction.
MAITC Education Specialist
Email | 651-201-6260
Keri Sidle is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She discovered her passion for agricultural education while serving as an Ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She helped open two new agricultural education programs at public schools both in suburban areas during her 6 years of teaching. Keri and her husband Dan relocated to Minnesota in 2014 and joined MAITC in 2016. She looks forward to supporting teachers throughout Minnesota as they look to incorporate agriculture into their academic content areas.
MAITC Foundation Staff
Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist- Northern MN
Rachel Gray was born and raised on a dairy farm north of Blackduck, Minnesota. She attended high school there and eventually taught school in the Blackduck school district. After teaching for 15 years she made the decision to farm full time and has completed the transition to ownership of her parents’ cow/calf Black Angus operation. Rachel is married to Al, who works overseas, and they have two children Nickolas, who currently works for a fiber optic company, and Andrew who is currently in college. In 2017 Rachel became a Regional Curriculum Specialist for Minnesota Ag in the Classroom. She works closely with teachers to promote ag literacy in schools in Northern MN.
Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist- Central MN
Email | 651-246-6075
Toni grew up in a farming family on a small farm in WI where she developed a love of animals, growing produce, being outside and working hard. She currently lives in Carver on her own little 'homestead' consisting of fruit trees, gardens, bees, and a little flock of chickens. After teaching Health Education in the public school system for 6 years, Toni spent time raising her family and volunteering in the school garden. Her excitement of learning is contagious and she is eager to share the importance of agricultural education with other educators and the community in Central MN!
Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist- Southern MN
Wanda is a farm partner in CW Pork, Inc. with her husband, Chuck. Together, they raise pigs, corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota. Wanda is a graduate of Minnesota State University - Mankato with a B.S. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. She shares her passion and time with a number of ag organizations. Wanda is a current member of the Minnesota Pork Board, a past participant of MARL (Minnesota Ag Rural Leadership), a volunteer for CommonGround, Martin County Corn and Soybean board and Farm Bureau's Speak for Yourself. Their family was name the 2012 Pork Farm Family of the Year and Wanda was recognized as the Minnesota Pork Promoter of the Year in 2015. In addition, she takes her passion for ag a step further by using social media to reach out to consumers across the U.S. and the world. She blogs at Minnesota Farm Living where her primary objective is to help bridge the "where does my food come from" disconnect between consumers and agriculture. Wanda is looking forward to connecting with teachers and schools in Southern MN!
Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist- Southwestern MN
Email | 507-246-6404
Ann Vote grew up in Mankato and attended Minnesota State University where she earned her Social Studies Education degree. She went out on the job hunt and landed a position in rural Minnesota at Cedar Mountain Schools. While teaching history in the classroom, she met her future husband, a hog farmer from Iowa. They now raise their two children on an acreage outside of Morgan. Ann has a passion for education, the outdoors and food! After 12 years of teaching, Ann has decided to step out of her own classroom and change audiences from students to educators. She is excited to collaborate with teachers in Southern Minnesota to provide their students with quality, hands-on curriculum that will increase their Ag Literacy and connect them to the people, animals and food in their own backyards.