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Southeastern teachers know STEM will make students successful

Southeastern teacher Cindy Twidwell{ } with her students. (KHQA)
Southeastern teacher Cindy Twidwell with her students. (KHQA)
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Job skills are continuing to evolve as the labor market finds itself in a new normal post the pandemic.

Some Tri-State educators are giving students opportunities to learn hands-on STEM skills for their futures.

KHQA's latest One Class at a Time winners are possible thanks to the help of our sponsors Continental Cement, Green America Recycling, and Doors 'N More.

Teamwork. That's what makes Southeastern educators Terri Tobias and Cindy Twidwell so successful with their students in the classroom.

They combine English and Science to help make students successful in the STEM field. They plan to use their One Class at a Time $1,000 grant to buy tool kits for 3-D printers, snap circuits and kits to build electronics. The goal is to create more STEM opportunities for their students.

"Just to open a door for a student that's all we have to do. Just open the door, and they can choose to walk through it. I think that's very important for rural students," said Tobais.

Both educators believe their students' interest in STEM will help address a need.

"One place we can fill that shortage is with rural students. It's opportunities that you have given us. With this grand and your generosity, will give some rural students some opportunities."

But it's also the opportunities that Tobias and Twidell help provide to set up students for success. Southeastern students' STEM projects have already won awards at the state and national levels.

"I'm so glad we have these teachers to push me to get better. I'm learning so much in this class." said student Amanda Stephens.

"They have always been encouraging to push ourselves past our limits." said student Michell Wilcox.

" It's really cool because you might not be academically that good, but kids are good at technology stuff. You feel more seen by these teachers and make you more involved in this stuff. " said student Macy Putnam.

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And that's why Tobias and Twidwell are this months' KHQA One Class at a Time grant recipients.

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