About Our Program
Paul Revere Charter Middle School & Magnet Center in Pacific Palisades, California, of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) provides a comprehensive Agricultural Education Program as defined by the National Council for Agricultural Education delivered through three major components: 1) classroom/laboratory instruction (contextual learning), 2) supervised agricultural experience programs (work-based learning), and 3) student leadership experiences through the FFA organization.
"Agriculture Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems."
The program at Paul Revere Middle School seeks to provide students with a balanced instructional experience that includes instruction on Animal Science, Horticulture, Food Science, Agronomy, and Natural Resource Management using the framework of the California Career and Technical Education Standards in Agricultural Sciences, and integrated with students' academic coursework and the major features of the California agriculture industry. It serves a diverse student body in grades 6-8 through a variety of agricultural elective courses. Instruction is provided in the classroom and at the two acre school farm.
Paul Revere Middle School provides agricultural instruction to over 500 students annually, and agricultural experiences to approximately 200 more students, representing one third of the total student body.
About Ms. R
Hello, my name is Carrie Lawson Robertson and I teach agriculture! I've been a teacher at Revere for several years. Before this I taught agriculture and biology courses at the college, high school, and elementary school level. I also worked as a consultant on school garden and service learning projects, and owned my own floral design business for many years.
I love learning about agriculture! My father's cattle operation provided me with an early training ground in production agriculture. (Yep, I was a cowgirl.) I also raised pigs and steers in the FFA, and in college I farmed citrus and avocado trees, and grew broiler chickens. I've also trained trail horses at a pack station in Yosemite owned by family friends, and played polo in college. I was lucky to participate in outstanding agriculture programs at Hale Junior High and Canoga Park High School, and my teachers Mr. Herrera and Mr. Pietrolungo still inspire what I do today. In FFA, I tried Livestock Judging, Horticulture, and Floriculture judging teams, and Extemporaneous speaking. I was even my chapter's president! At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I majored in Agricultural Sciences and earned my credentials in agriculture. I also hold a Biology credential. I love supervising student SAE projects in Agronomy, Swine, Poultry, and Floral Design. (Ask me about the time I raised baby turkeys on my mom's dining room table for my students!)
My son and daughter are active in volleyball, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. I'm a lifelong Girl Scout (Gold Award!) and troop leader. I love..."anything with dirt". Backpacking, hiking, and gardening with California Natives are my current passions. I'm also obsessed with Disneyland, and love watching movies and TV, especially "Psych", and training my Australian Shepherd "Bear".
I'm proud to bring the story of agriculture to my students each day.