Engineer to teacher
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Tiny, Sarah 30th of May, 2019 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Philip Graybill could never have expected that his career path would lead him to a doctorate in engineering when he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education in 2005. Graybill has found a new application for his education background as a doctoral candidate in Penn State’s electrical engineering school, where his enthusiasm for and expertise in teaching has led him to win the 2019 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.
According to Penn State’s website, the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education jointly fund the award, which honors graduate assistants for exceptional teaching results. Graybill was one of ten students from across the university to receive this honor.
Graybill worked as a quality assurance specialist in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, after completing his bachelor’s degree in music education. He was attracted to engineering as he contemplated his professional future because of his lifelong interest in math and technology, as well as the excellent career opportunities.
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A few words about myself. I’m a 30-year-old man with over a decade of engineering experience and a P.Eng. license, so I’m not a newbie and have worked out what I don’t like, at least at this point in my life. As many immigrants, I pursued Engineering in the hopes of finding work, and although I was fortunate to find work, I no longer have a passion for it, particularly after working in a corporate environment. As an engineer, I’ve worked in a number of industries, but the only time I was completely engaged and satisfied (subjective) was in school. I’m not sure I’d make a good teacher, but I appreciate the sense of community that a school provides. I enjoy learning and would be thrilled if I could even inspire one student to regard education and learning as a lifelong pursuit. School is a welcoming second home for me, as well as a place where I can learn new things (socially and academically).
I’d rather go to high school, where I could learn math and chemistry. What are my chances and time horizons for full-time jobs if I’m set on remaining in the GTA? I’m not concerned about the pay, but my personal financial responsibilities and the fact that I’ve been unemployed for at least two years are holding me back. In this business, will my experience and license be of any use? Is it possible that I’m only imagining what it’s like to be a teacher? Perhaps I’m just burned out; there’s no denying that teaching is a demanding profession with periods of stress and dissatisfaction, just like any other.
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During their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington, Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8, test the force needed to lift a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels. Credit: The Hechinger Report/Lillian Mongeau
Alessandra Gudino Aguilar, age 8, may have seen a grown-up version of herself if she had heard about the hashtag campaign and looked. Alessandra, a student at Pioneer Elementary School in rural Quincy, Washington, spent part of the fall semester in an enrichment class developed by educators and scientists at Boston’s Museum of Science to teach elementary-age students the concepts of engineering design.
“I like the process,” Alessandra said after a lesson in which she and her classmates used simple machines to move a bag of potatoes in an effort to find the potato-moving option that needed the fewest newtons.
Alessandra is the eldest of three sisters and brothers. Her father works in construction, and her mother makes French fries, she said. Alessandra, a Latina student from rural America, is not your usual future engineer. Engineering, more than many other occupations, is still dominated by white males. According to the National Science Foundation’s study on “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” white men held 49% of science and engineering jobs in 2015.
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The Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Awards honor and recognize ten outstanding teachers who are dedicated to assisting students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds pursue careers in computer science and robotics.
Amazon will officially recognize award winners and provide them with $25,000 to improve computer science and/or robotics education at their school, as well as a $5,000 teacher cash award. The deadline for applications is January 26, 2021.
“I began teaching in order to make a difference in the lives of all students, to be an advocate to students of color who don’t often see themselves represented in their school’s staff, and to strive to widen the horizons of students who may not have access to the same opportunities as students from higher-income families. Computer science is the newest booming industry, and a career in computer science will change your life.”
“It means a lot to me to know that Amazon and the wider community respect the work I’ve been doing to create a growing computer science department for my students, who are historically underrepresented in CS fields. I appreciate the AFE program for making computer science education more accessible to students from underserved communities.” Debbie can be seen on the View!