Biofortification is the process by which the nutritional quality of food crops is improved through agronomic practices, conventional plant breeding, or modern biotechnology. Biofortification differs from conventional fortification in that biofortification aims to increase nutrient levels in crops during plant growth rather than through manual means during processing of the crops. Biofortification may therefore present a way to reach populations where supplementation and conventional fortification activities may be difficult to implement and/or limited.
Lacey Jo McNay, a teacher at Pioneer Elementary School has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Special Honors for the Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award. Miss McNay was nominated by her former sixth grade student, Scout Weber, from East Elementary in Tillamook, Oregon. The Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award is awarded through Learning Ally, a national non-profit dedicated to helping students with print disabilities such as dyslexia. The Learning Ally website, , describes the award as follows:
“This award honors teachers on the leading edge of best practices that help students with print disabilities succeed in the mainstream classroom. It has been made possible by longtime Learning Ally friend and supporter, Minnie Reitnouer, a champion for great teachers and success for all students who learn differently. We are thrilled to recognize exemplary educators for their leadership and innovative efforts in the classroom. In addition, our awards team highlights the achievements of several teachers with Special Honors recognition.” Scout, along with her mom, submitted a seven page nomination letter describing Miss McNay’s teaching style and classroom culture. “As we all know, teachers are expected to do a lot with very little. Miss McNay found ways to make every child feel successful in her classroom. She provided every child with an award at the end of the school year. The award for Scout may very well have changed her future. Scout received the "Most likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize."” The award inspired her so much that she insisted on going to the store, the same day, to buy I Am Malala by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai. Scout then decided that she wanted to create an educational board presentation for the county fair that compared herself to Malala Yousafzai. Scout earned a blue ribbon for her display. I think Miss McNay also earned a blue ribbon that day, for believing in a little girl with dyslexia who has big dreams.
This was written by Melanie Weber, Scout's mother.