August 8, 2022–The board of SystemsGo has named Rebekah Hyatt as Executive Director, effective July 1.
Hyatt has served as Program Director since 2016. In that capacity she revised and updated the curriculum, conducted all teacher training, lead recruiting and outreach efforts, served as primary classroom consultant, and helped supervise all rocket launches.
Hyatt earned a BS in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters in Education from Texas A&M Commerce.
She has 15 years teaching experience in Midlothian ISD, Maypearl ISD, and Dallas ISD. She was named Teacher of the Year for Maypearl ISD in 2013 and Teacher of the Year for Maypearl Middle school and high school in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and Maypearl Chamber of Commerce 2009.
As a teacher, Hyatt implemented the SystemsGo program at Maypearl High School in 2009 beginning with the Tsiolkovsky level class and expanding to include the Oberth, Concepts of Engineering and Technology classes and the Junior Rocketeers summer camp. While at Maypearl ISD, she conducted science curriculum training on behalf of Region 10, served as Science Adjunct Faculty at Navarro College, served on the Site Based Decision Committee and as Science Department Chair. At Midlothian ISD she served on the Technology Action Team. During that time, she also volunteered as a Range Safety Officer for the Willow City launches and in 2011 was named SystemsGo Teacher of the Year.
“I believe strongly in SystemsGo and its ability to impact the next generation. My love of this program has only grown over the past 6 years, and I am honored to take on the role of Executive Director,” says Hyatt. “There is a certain excitement in the air with the training of new teachers, the expansion to Abu Dhabi, the development of a new curriculum level, and the addition of George to our staff. We are all SystemsGo for the road ahead!”
George Burns has been added to the staff as Assistant Program Director and will take on Hyatt’s former duties. Burns recently retired from teaching at Fredericksburg High School. He holds a BA from Southwest Texas State University with a double major in English and Spanish
SystemsGo is a project-based curriculum using rocketry to teach STEM and workplace skills. It was developed at Fredericksburg High School in 1996 by Brett Williams, and is now the premier STEM curriculum used in high schools in three states. More information on the history of the program, its annual rocket launches, and how to start a program is online at www.systemsgo.org.