August, 2016–SystemsGo has announced that Rebekah Hyatt has joined the staff over the summer as Program Director for the nonprofit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) organization.
“We are thrilled that she came on board,” Scott Netherland, Executive Director. “Rebekah brings 10 years experience teaching the curriculum, and is familiar with the SystemsGo way of doing things. She offers a fresh perspective to the organization as far as looking at our curriculum and updating it to make it current and easier to implement. We’re happy to have her not only help us sustain this opportunity for students, but to grow it to more schools.”
Hyatt most recently served on the Technology Action Team at Midlothian ISD where she was a science teacher. Previously she was Science Department Chair at Maypearl ISD, taught in the Dallas ISD, and served as Science Adjunct Faculty at Navarro College.
Hyatt earned her BS in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters in Education from Texas A&M Commerce. She was named Teacher of the Year multiple times at Maypearl ISD, including District Teacher of the Year.
As the new Program Director, Hyatt plans to take “a fresh look at everything” related to SystemsGo.
“Not having an engineering background, my communication style is different,” she said. “I’m hoping to bring a different perspective to this program that is not intimidating to teachers coming on board. I’ve been in their position.”
She also wants to reinforce the divergent education style espoused by SystemsGo.
“This program is not necessarily for an elite group,” she said. “I feel very passionate about teaching kids to be thinkers and processors of knowledge. As a teacher, I’m not telling you if your answer is right or not; I want you to tell me how you got there. We are teaching them to think.”
Other goals include updating the SystemsGo curriculum to reflect the technology changes in the past 10 years, and helping connect schools with resources.
Information on SystemsGo can be found online at www.systemsgo.org; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 830-997-3567.