Teresia Harrison

Teresia Harrison Director, Institute for Math and Science Education at East Central University

The director of East Central University’s Institute for Math and Science Education was recently named to a group of educators who will help Pitsco Education develop new products.

Teresia Harrison is a member of Pitsco’s 2020 Teacher Advisory Group, a panel of 21 educators chosen from across the country. The group will provide Pitsco’s development and marketing teams with feedback and ideas for boosting students’ success in the classroom.

The educators will be involved in a variety of projects, including developing new products and creating product videos, website and marketing content and blog posts.

Harrison was familiar with Pitsco because one of the company’s founders donated a STEM lab to East Central University a few years ago, she said Thursday. She added that Pitsco officials have helped the Institute for Math and Science Education provide training opportunities for teachers.

“Through that, I learned about the TAG program, so I applied for it and was really honored to be accepted to that,” Harrison said. “It’s composed of a really diverse group of educators, from elementary through higher ed, so that was super exciting to me to be able to do that.”

She said participating in the program will help her stay connected with other math and science teachers and share her knowledge with them.

“I think it just kind of helps me make sure that I’m learning and able to pass that along,” she said. “Because what we find is that our educators that are in the field are so willing, but they don’t have time. And if I can provide them with resources and support, then that assists them.”

Pitsco said in a news release that company officials decided this year to add more elementary teachers to the mix and emphasizing diversity among students and teachers.

“Traditionally, we’ve concentrated more on middle school teachers,” the company’s TAG and marketing events coordinator, Sue Angermayer, said in the news release. “But now that we’re looking to reach more elementary students with our products and curriculum — and focusing on diversity in the classroom — it makes sense to bring more teachers on board who can speak to those experiences.”

Pitsco, which is based in Pittsburg, Kansas, offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related resources for K-12 classrooms.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.

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