AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Over the next couple of days, teachers from around the area will be in Amarillo for the 2021 Panhandle STEM Conference as they prepare for the next school year.
Jennifer Garner, with the committee for the Panhandle STEM Conference, said this conference is a way for teachers to come together and learn best practices when it comes to STEM.
Garner said last year the conference was virtual due to the pandemic, but she says that teachers are excited to be back.
One of those teachers, Corina Srygley from Randall High School said that she enjoys coming to the conference and sharing and bouncing ideas off of other teachers.
“I always love sharing with other teachers what I know hoping to encourage them and just give them and just give them some encouragement to help them to grow as well in the profession,” said Srygley.
Blakni Riley, a teacher at Bushland Middle School said it’s nice to have resources available to you before the school year starts and be able to bring what you learn at the conference into the classroom.
“A lot of times when you get into the school year and you’re in your classroom, you can kind of get tunnel vision and only with the things that you have at your fingertips, so its nice to have something before the school year starts and to see that there are a lot of opportunities and things to use instead,” said Riley.
Srygley added it’s important to encourage kids about STEM and the benefits it provides, including one of her students who attended today’s event.
“I want to be where I have seen my mentors, where I have seen Mrs. Srygley. I want to be able to teach people and inspire the next generation and again to be here, it’s amazing,” said Xan Argo.
Garner said they had 275 teachers come out to the Panhandle STEM Conference.
Next year’s Panhandle STEM Conference will be in Lubbock.