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Meet the Ambassador – Tonya McCullough

The UBTECH Education Teacher Ambassador Program is comprised of passionate and community-driven educators committed to helping shape the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Ambassadors share our vision of creating a generation of kids who are excited and curious about STEM topics, knowledgeable working with robotics, coding, and artificial intelligence, and are prepared to enter a […]

The UBTECH Education Teacher Ambassador Program is comprised of passionate and community-driven educators committed to helping shape the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Ambassadors share our vision of creating a generation of kids who are excited and curious about STEM topics, knowledgeable working with robotics, coding, and artificial intelligence, and are prepared to enter a workforce increasingly in need of 21st-century skills.

Get to know our ambassadors in the coming weeks as we share their stories of what inspired them to get involved in teaching robotics and STEM.

This week’s profile features Tonya McCullough, Teacher at Cannons Elementary (Spartanburg, SC).

 

How did you first become exposed to robotics or STEM?

I was first exposed to robotics and STEM at a young age because my parents were part of the computer club in our community. My sister and I would go to the meeting and learn about computers before their was internet!

What is your favorite thing about teaching robotics or STEM?

I love to see the excitement on a students face when they use a robot for the first time with coding they have creating themselves!

How do you see robotics and STEM evolving over the next 5, 10, and 20 years?

Just today I learned that Amazon has a robot that with video your house and even feed your dog while you are not home! I can just imagine even bigger and better advancements in technology in the future. With these advancement will come a boom in STEM careers as well!

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I was inspired to become a teacher by my own children. I have four children and I wanted them to have the best education possible. I chose to become the kind of teacher I wanted my children to have themselves.

What do you think has changed the most about teaching since you first started compared to where you are in your teaching career now?

There are so many new technologies available to teachers today than when I started. There are online games like Kahoot, Prodigy, GimKits, Quizizz and so many more than are so engaging and a great way for students to practice study skills! The coding and robotics available to prepare students for technology careers is amazing now a days as well! Google apps and Chromebooks in schools is a great advancement from when I first started.

What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a result of teaching?

The most rewarding part of teaching so far is having a former student see you in public and tell you how much your class meant to them.

What advice would you give to those interested in pursuing teaching?

I would tell anyone interested in pursuing teaching to not be afraid to get in the floor and play with your students, read to them everyday, get messy with crafts and projects, and have fun!

Find Tonya on Twitter.

 

To learn more about our Teacher Ambassador Program, visit the TAP page. Ambassadors work closely with the UBTECH Education team to test and develop curriculum activities using our UKITs. If you’re interested in bringing UKITs to your class or district, we’d love to chat.

 

 

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