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First Lady Pam Northam visits teachers participating in STEM Imagined

Twenty-eight Hampton City Schools science, CTE, and art teachers received a surprise visit while they were participating in STEM Imagined professional development. First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam stopped in at Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab in Newport News where teachers from across the region were beginning their summer break with an amazing day of professional development. Ms. Northam received a first-hand look at several STEM initiatives – woodshop, a recording studio, 3D printing, mixed reality, the art of DJ, and beat making/coding.

STEM Imagined professional development spans over four days, with morning and evening workshops in partnership with Old Dominion University (ODU). This unique opportunity allows teachers throughout the region to receive training on the iLab equipment and then develop instructional materials that can be used with their students. At the Brooks Crossing iLab, teachers and students can access advanced manufacturing including digital fabrication and component technologies that provide unique experiences and real-world applications of the curriculum concepts, leading to in-depth learning as well as motivation to continue studying STEM subject areas and even pursue STEM at the post-secondary level.

ODU research associate and former HCS science curriculum leader Dr. Venicia Ferrell shared, “The Commonwealth of Virginia continues to emphasize the importance of teacher competencies and student learning outcomes in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and related disciplines including environmental and computer science. This recently opened regional resource will serve as a hub for developing training programs and curriculum materials that will enable K-12 teachers to seamlessly connect lab experiences with Virginia Standards of Learning.”

The following teachers participated in the STEM Imagined professional development on June 23:  

Curtis Blauch - Jones Magnet Middle
Renita Bostic - Kecoughtan High
Karen Brace - Booker Elementary
Meghan Britton - Andrews Prek-8 School 
Alixzandra Brown - Andrews PreK-8 School
Kari Espada - Hampton High
Jennifer Eure - Machen Elementary
Percy Gregory - Kecoughtan High 
Mary Harris - Andrews PreK-8 School
Tirzah (Sarro) Jaynes - Phoebus High
Angela Kidd - Kecoughtan High
Kristin Massey - Kecoughtan High 
Deanna McNeil - Spratley Gifted Center
Marci Miles - Cooper Elementary
Porsche Moody - Andrews PreK-8 School
Matt Pohlman - Kecoughtan High (Presenter)
Mallary Reynolds - Langley Elementary
Ryan Reynolds - Phoebus High
Brittany Richards - Tarrant Middle 
Saribelle Rodriguez - Kecoughtan High
Stephanie Roe - Jones Magnet Middle 
Susan Rudd - Hampton High 
Richard Sharp - Kecoughtan High
Shayla Shipley - Andrews PreK-8 School
Kimberly Sorrell - Jones Magnet Middle
Ginger Spencer - Forrest Elementary 
Alexis Tharpe - Phenix PreK-8 School
Julius Zama - Hampton High