Meet Sarah Treese, our Engineering and Anatomy and Physiology teacher and Athletic Trainer. With a hands-on approach, Ms. Treese applies a unique teaching style to her classroom and encourages her students to think outside the box at all times. She provides an atmosphere in which her students can learn and thrive inside her class while also building a practical knowledge outside of the classroom. Here’s a look at Ms. Treese’s teaching philosophy and what lessons she hopes her students will take with them after graduation.
Tell us about a STEM lesson you’re teaching right now.
We are currently deep into learning the program AutoDesk Inventor. It is a CAD (computer aided drafting) program that Project Lead the Way uses. We are finishing a basic project that involves building a puzzle cube. The students started by hand drawing the shapes they need to make their puzzle cube and now have gone and put the pieces in the CAD program and that is helping introduce them to the various components of Inventor. It is very fun for me as a teacher to see them start to slowly pick up the concepts and the ability to work with the program and for their “light bulb” moment for them to say “Oh this is easy now.”
Tell us about the benefits of MMA’s Project Lead the Way STEM Program.
The PLTW Stem program is heavily project-based and hands-on learning. The small class sizes allow students to really explore all facets of what we are trying to teach.
What would you tell parents of potential students about MMA?
MMA strives to provide a unique learning environment. What the students put into their lessons are what they will get from it.
What’s the one life-lesson you hope students take away from their time at MMA?
I hope they will always continue to strive for more out of their lives in everything they do. Use the lessons they learned at MMA to propel them towards the future and to not let anything get in their way.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at MMA?
I love the freedom and flexibility I am allotted by the small class sizes. They allow me to better tailor my teaching style for my students. I can work with students one-on-one more easily if they need extra help.
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