GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some teachers just know what their calling is and they fit right into their role as a teacher.
WNCT’s STEM Teacher of the Month began her career only five years ago. But she’s a pro already and explains what motivates her every day in the classroom.
“The banana piano is very popular,” she commented.
Students at Pitt County Schools Early College High School are learning to turn anything into a keyboard, with some neat invention kits.
“So they were creating projects like game controllers, working on creating something that would play music,” explained Laurel Currie.
It’s all part of her lesson plans for her design thinking class. And yes, that includes using bananas.
“Students were basically building circuits out of everyday materials that would conduct electricity,” she added.
Currie has only been a teacher for the past 5 years.
“I love teaching at schools that really help our students grow and fulfil their potential” said Currie, who’s learned that this style of teaching suits her best. Like other STEM teachers, she’s a facilitator. “I want the kids to be able to learn in a way that best suits them, which might not necessarily be how I’m at the front directing the teaching. So, if they can build their own knowledge and construct their own world view, then we want to encourage students to do that.”
Currie said, in the future, she can see herself becoming an instructional coach and maybe even pursuing her PHD.
For now, at the early college, Currie said the students are her biggest motivation, “The kids come in so motivated and they want to be here, they love coming into school, and we’re just a big family.”
And that’s why Currie is WNCT’s STEM Teacher of the Month.