Chicod School’s Jody Paramore is a graduate of East Carolina University and has even served as the Planetarium Director of the Neuseway Nature Park in Kinston. In the classroom, he’s making sure his students are prepared for the future and right now, his students are taking their skills to the Neuse river basin.
It’s these kinds of projects that his students say makes STEM classes different and keep students engaged. “This style of learning to me is easier to comprehend, because you’re actually doing it, you’re not reading a book and you’re not learning from somebody else’s experience,” explained 8th grader Darci Anderson.
Paramore’s class is taking part in a unique scientific project called the nuese river guardian project. Chicod is one of 5 schools from the east involved. “I’ve emphasized that you guys are very fortunate to be able to do and be apart of real scientific study in your 8th grade science class. We’re just not teaching some class activity skills they’re actually involved in a real study,” said Paramore.
Paramore says this type of learing is priceless and that’s why Jody Paramore is 9 On Your Side’s STEM Teacher of the Month.
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