Technology Education Program
ECMS teacher honored by ITEEA
by Staff Reports
East Coweta Middle School engineering and technology teacher Blaire Booth – along with the school’s Technology Education Program – has been honored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
Booth received a Program Excellence Award from the ITEEA at the organization’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, where the school was also recognized for its outstanding efforts to emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. East Coweta Middle was one of only 29 schools nationwide to earn the Program Excellence Award.
“Receiving the award was very special to me because Mr. Steve Price presented me with the award,” said Booth. “Mr. Price is not only the ITEEA president, but he is also my high school teacher who inspired me to become an engineering and technology education teacher.
“In 10th grade I walked into the technology lab at Riverdale High School and found my passion for teaching through Mr. Price’s classes,” Booth said.
“Mr. Price has continued to be my mentor throughout college and my teaching career. Being presented with this award and having him there to share it with me is one of the greatest honors I could have ever received.”
Booth has served as an engineering and technology teacher at East Coweta Middle since 2007. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Valley City State University and Valdosta State University, Booth is the past president of the Georgia Engineering and Technology Educator’s Association. When she was elected to the position by her Georgia peers in 2010, she was the youngest person ever to hold that post.
Sponsored by ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology Education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle or high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students.
Each year the Program Excellence winners are recognized at the ITEEA conference, the largest such gathering for technology educators in the world. Booth’s technology education program at East Coweta is a STEM-based program that applies activities to several academic standards within the school’s curriculum.
“I try to reinforce what they learn in other classes, as well as get them interested in hands-on learning through technology,” Booth said. “The more technology we can put in students’ hands to teach them, the more successful they will be.”
East Coweta Middle’s technology curriculum focuses on math, science and engineering – including the basics of engineering bridges and catapults – in sixth grade, the engineering design process – designing, creating and testing board games for math and social studies – in seventh grade and focusing on how technological systems – roller coasters and rockets, for instance – work in eighth grade.
“My goal is to give them as many real-world skills and technology applications as possible, as well as to develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills,” Booth said.
The award-winning Booth attended classes on the new Engineering by Design curriculum at the conference, which she called “exciting” because she will implement the program in her classroom next year. But recognition for the program she has helped build was the highlight of her trip to Ohio.
“I am so proud of the Program of Excellence Award because the award not only recognizes my accomplishments as a teacher but my students’ accomplishments as well,” Booth said.