TRENTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Tyler French’s small town upbringing attracted him to Jones County, North Carolina. He’s a New York native and earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Master’s of Science and Teaching at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
He’s currently teaching Biology and AP Environmental Sciences; two subjects he said have changed over the years.
“In my opinion today, we have bigger issues to face; climate change, global warming and things like that,” said Tyler French. “So STEM is really leading the way in getting kids to see that and helping them to plan and figure out how or if they will have a role in trying to figure that out.”
Last year, French was nominated by his school district and he was chosen to receive the Promise of Leadership Award from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he was able to create and implement a professional development program for other teachers. It’s called “Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became A Teacher.”
French explained he wanted other new teachers to know things that he had to figure out on his own during his first year as a teacher.
He said he learned early in his career that he was more than just a teacher when he enters his classroom. He considers himself, at times, to be a dad, a mom, a counselor and even a cook at times.
French plans to use part of his STEM Teacher of the Month award money towards a class project for his students on Earth Day.
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