WyEast STEM Teacher Wins Award

Getchis with award  

WyEast STEM Teacher Wins Award

 

Patrick Getchis, STEM Teacher at Wy’east Middle School, received the 2019 STEM Education Leader of the Year award for his years of excellence in STEM education. Patrick has led middle-school robotics teams to World Competitions several times. He has an impressive and innovative maker lab, constructed from the most recent Hood River County School District Construction Bond facilities improvements. His classroom is a place where all students are welcome and where everyone involved can see themselves as tech and STEM leaders. The GTA donates $1000 to the program of the STEM education award winner.  This donation will help Wy’east Middle School and the STEM program to continue to flourish.

Additional finalists honored included Rob Gilchrist of Trillium Engineering and Jeff Knapp of Insitu for Tech Leader, and STEM educators Jeff Hawkins of Pacific Crest Innovation Academy, Jocelyn Paris of Wahtonka Community School, Dezirah Remington from Dufur School and Robert Wells-Clark of The Dalles High School.

The GTA’s annual awards program recognizes and thanks the many companies, organizations and individuals working to advance the tech industry and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the Columbia River Gorge. The GTA Technology Leader and STEM Education Leader of the Year awards are presented to the individual or organization who made the largest positive impact on the technology and STEM education community of the Columbia River Gorge. See full article on the Gorge Technology Alliance website.