Southern Tioga School teacher to train in STEM education

‘Provide leadership opportunities to teachers, without having to leave the classroom’

Rachel Smith, a gifted education teacher and coach at Southern Tioga School District, has been selected as one of 72 teachers for the 2019 Teacher Forum. The Teacher Forum is part of 100Kin10, a national network focused on training and retaining excellent K-12 STEM teachers.

Their goal is to add 100,000 more STEM teachers to classrooms across the country by 2021 and Smith has been noticed for her first-hand impact in our region.

“I am honored to have been selected to join this amazing group of educators and change makers,” Smith said. “They are working to change the landscape of STEM education in our country through a systematic and well-designed plan. I am excited to be able to share my perspectives as a female engineer and a rural educator at this national platform.”

Earlier this year, Sam Rotella, superintendent, and Jesse Maine, director of curriculum and technology, were accepted as two of 36 ambassadors in the state’s STEM Ambassadors Program. This program was designed to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth, by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education and workforce needs.

“It’s important to provide leadership opportunities to teachers, without having to leave the classroom. We encourage our staff to think beyond the walls of their classrooms and realize the impact they have, not just on our students, but fellow educators, stakeholders and our community,” Rotella said.

Over the next year, Smith will work with other members of the 2019 Teacher Forum to engage in the national conversation on STEM teaching and contribute to 100Kin10’s mission to get and keep great STEM teachers in all our nation’s schools.