Elkin City Schools Teacher of the Year Mary Shepherd spoke at the Elkin City Schools Convocation on Monday morning, using the opportunity to pinpoint the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) initiative as one that has increased potential to reach students academically in greater numbers and increased probabilities.
Shepherd said she “appreciates the opportunity to benefit from the incredible system that we have.”
She emphasized the STEAM initiative and model of teaching as a system of education focused on problem-solving. Shepherd called that element part of its beauty. She said it is a non-threatening, “heuristic” approach to studies that allows students to argue their way into problem-solving.
“It makes problem-solving beneficial and inclusive,” said Shepherd.
The ECS Teacher of The Year said the inclusive element of the approach extends to the community as evidenced by the resurgence of clubs and organizations cooperating with education.
The approach is interpreted as science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.
Shepherd said when the student school year opens, there will be a large number of kids with a large number of opportunities that await them. She said teachers have a tremendous privilege and opportunity awaiting them upon the students return.
“Let us participate for each child,” she challenged. Shepherd added participation affects the global community ultimately.
ECS students are scheduled to return to school on Monday as the official first day of class.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.