Wiregrass Teachers Attend Math and Science Workshop

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

DOTHAN-- A group of 40 Wiregrass-area elementary and middle school teachers, along with students in Troy's education program, are taking part in a workshop June 21st through the 26th at the Troy Dothan Campus.

"They've all come and given their time to increase their knowledge of math and science and learning different ways to present math and science to their students." said Dr. Shawn Plash, Assistant Professor at Troy Dothan Campus.

The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy is in its second year.
It offers workshops at no cost to teachers thanks to a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

"We're just really pleased that we could get it again this year and hopefully impact some more teachers." said Plash.

The program's main goal...is to help educators enhance the way they teach math and science. It also shows them how to use technology in the classroom more effectively.

"We believe in inquiry based science and math and so they're using manipulatives and different hands on experiments and we're using these microscopes that are big to them. And so they're not only just getting this knowledge, they're going to use these microscopes and actually get one and take it back to their classroom." said Plash.

Jennifer Wills is a teacher at Kelly Springs and she says she's excited about having new technology for her classroom.

"We were actually given these microscopes this morning that we can hook into our computers that we can use with our students. So it's a wonderful resource for our children. We're always telling children that they need to how to do technology, but we don't always have the funding for that." said Wills.

And now, thanks to a generous educational grant, she and other teachers can make their classrooms come alive.

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