Daniel Crespo tells us, he wants to be an undercover detective or engineer when he grows up. The 10th grader says taking STEM courses now will help him achieve his goals. He’s already fluent in Spanish and his STEM Spanish class is preparing him for the challenges of both of his career paths. “I can speak Spanish really good. The thing is when you write it, you have to add all the accents and it’s more challenging,” he said.
Crespo’s challenges are not without the support of his teacher, Lilian Corbitt. She’s a veteran teacher with 15 years of service. Crespo explains how supportive she is, “what I admire about her, she always wants the best for you,” he said. “She’s very strict when it comes to everything, she wants everything perfect.”
Corbitt tells us she wants her students to be prepared for the work force and learning a second language will help them become more valuable. Her students are working on different ways to give directions in Spanish, the basics communicating, the colors, numbers and the things that you would need in everyday life so they won’t need an interpreter.
Mrs. Corbitt is helping to set a standard of what Greene Central is wanting to do in the future with classes like apparel design. Principal Patrick Greene explains, “we wanted to prove that STEM really could be taught in any course so when we had the idea to push it towards a foreign language it was really pushing the boundaries of math, science, technology and engineering really push into things that are not traditionally in that area”
And that’s why Lilian Corbitt is WNCT’s STEM teacher of the month.