Greetings fellow NYSTEEA members!
I am excited to represent you as your NYSTEEA president. The members of the NYSTEEA Executive Board have been actively working on advocacy, communications, our conference, and our journal. Your executive board and officers represent teachers and T and EE professionals across New York State, and are working hard to ensure that Technology and Engineering Education opportunities are available to all students in our schools.
I would like to recognize and thank Liz Gallo for her two years of service as our NYSTEEA president. Liz kept the organization moving through some very challenging times, and she continues with her work with our membership system and website. Please join me in wishing her success with her new venture as a consultant through WhyMaker.
NYSTEEA needs your help! A lot of work is required to keep the organization working for you, and we have many positions that we need help with. If you have a special skill with writing, graphic arts, curriculum, advocacy, planning, or simply want to help out, we can use you as a member of a committee or task group. It does not matter if you are a student, a first-year teacher, or a retiree – every bit helps. Please contact me or any of the NYSTEEA officers if you want to volunteer with conference planning, awards and scholarships, our journal, or be a member of a committee.
We have good news from our technology teacher preparation programs. Student numbers at Buffalo State College and SUNY Oswego continue to grow. Please consider supporting the profession by hosting a teacher candidate through practicum and student teaching experiences. We still need more teachers. Please encourage a young person to become a teacher and experience the rewards that you have enjoyed as a member of our profession.
Please consider attending the 79th Annual Oswego Fall Conference on October 25th and 26th. This is a great professional development opportunity and a great place to present and share your ideas. NYSTEEA executive board members will be attending the conference, and there is an executive board meeting on Friday, October 26th that you can attend. More information on the conference can be found at fallconference.com.
Save the date for our spring NYSTEEA Conference on March 7th and 8th in Syracuse. Check back with NYSTEEA.org for more details in the near future. Our conference has been growing and getting stronger over the past few years. Make our conference an important part of your professional development and your advocacy for Technology and Engineering Education.
I am looking forward to serving you this next year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance this year or if there are ways that NYSTEEA can help you.
Best wishes for a successful school year.
Mark W. Hardy, Ph.D.
2018-2019 NYSTEEA President