Hannah Roberts, a UTSA social media and communications student and intern for Cleary Zimmerman Engineers, is a part of a project with UTSA to contribute to the Go Public campaign. Roberts interviewed Wade Cleary, the company’s managing principal, about STEM curriculum, student pathways, and thoughts on education and the business sector.
ROBERTS: Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get you to where you are today. What were your choices in education, classes, and internships?
CLEARY: In high school, I realized engineering was the path I wanted to take. I sought out course electives that would prepare me for the challenges ahead. I took as many physics, science, and math electives as I could squeeze into my course schedule. There weren’t nearly as many options back then as there are today. For instance, my children can take calculus in high school, which wasn’t an option for my generation. We also didn’t have advanced placement (AP and pre-AP) classes that gave us college credit, but I did take advantage of all the STEM-related courses offered. My Dad is an electrical engineer, and I thought I wanted to follow an electrical engineering career like him. It was during my first year in college that I was finally able to compare and contrast the electrical and mechanical side of things. I saw that mechanical engineering came far more natural for me than electrical engineering.
ROBERTS: Since you have had a lot of success in mechanical engineering, what would you say was your most significant contributor to that success?
CLEARY: I have been fortunate to surround myself with good people, like mentors oﬀering advice or leading by example. Being surrounded by good people has made things a lot easier. I am also persistent and determined, and I think that has certainly helped.
ROBERTS: Looking at Cleary Zimmermann Engineers as a whole, I see that the company is a sponsor of Go Public. Is there a particular reason why you chose that movement to sponsor?
CLEARY: It’s probably two-fold. We do a lot of work with K-12 students with outreach programs, and we support the schools by designing and building the systems that serve their needs. Also, we admire the Go Public mission. Public schools ARE doing great things, and they needed a way to voice and show what they are accomplishing and what they are doing. We wanted to recognize them for the great job they are doing.
ROBERTS: Why you think is essential that schools include STEM in their curriculum?
CLEARY: Well, obviously I’m biased, but science, technology, engineering, and math are critical to the success of our nation and for society in general. Often overlooked by students and people, we need to promote the STEM disciplines and help our community understand that it is an exciting field. Quite frankly, I feel like other countries are doing a better job of promoting studies in STEM, and if we want to continue to stay on a trajectory of growth and success, then we need to find creative ways inform the public.
ROBERTS: Speaking of growth and success of our country, how do you think that STEM can shape the future for the next generation?
CLEARY: I think there are many technological advances. STEM curriculum can make a direct impact on students. It’s a fulfilling area of study and I think future generations will be well be served by it.
ROBERTS: If you could only give one piece of advice to the next generation, whether it be about achieving goals, school, etc., what would it be?
CLEARY: It would be ‘never give up’ and always make sure to set a goal for themselves. If you hit a bump in the road or a dead end, then you back-up and try to find another way around. You don’t give up and continue to pluck away at it. Always continue to be persistent in life.
Wade Cleary oversees growth and manages business strategy and the firm’s sustainability initiatives. He also manages relative trends in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design. Cleary Zimmermann Engineers is a bronze sponsor of Go Public.
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Most everyone can agree that teachers are some of the most significant contributors to a child's growth and development. They not only educate, they inspire, motivate, encourage, and care. It's a job that often requires hours long after the school day ends. Yet, when you ask a teacher about their work, you'll often see passion and joy about what they do.
Public schools, within an independent school district (not those that are within a charter network), have strict requirements for teacher certification. In addition, school librarians must obtain a Master's degree in Library Science. The five requirements to become a certified teacher are:
Trustees serve students and teachers, while addressing funding; public education builds community and future leaders
Aricle written by UTSA students.
San Antonio is a city that thrives on its community involvement. This city is made up of more than buildings, traffic, Spurs or breakfast tacos. Its vibrancy is because of its people. Our educators and the knowledge, skills, and guidance they provide future generations, and potential life-long San Antonians, are the backbone of our strength as a city.
UTSA Students Interview San Antonio Area Education Leadership
Join Go Public in honoring our tireless school board members who serve as champions of educating our future leaders. Trustees serve as a vital link between the community and their schools, promoting academic achievement by creating a vision and accountability in our school systems. Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio interviewed Trustee Leticia Sever as part of an assignment for their social media marketing coursework.
Go Public Gives Social Media Marketing Experience to East Central High School and UTSA College Students
(San Antonio, TX) - Gathered in a small auditorium style classroom at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) campus, students from East Central High School’s Service Learning Project and UTSA collaborate on strategies for the Go Public social media campaign.
We're honored to receive the Government Project of the Year Award from AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments). The mission of the Alamo Area Council of Governments is to enhance the quality of life of all residents of the Alamo Region in partnership with elected and appointed officials, funders, community partners and beneficiaries. These awards are given annually to completed governmental entity-based projects that have significantly impacted the community for the better. We're thrilled to be recognized among such a distinguished group of members and to represent the contributions from our seventeen area ISDs.
Proven to contribute to happiness and enhance academic success, students all across the region are mastering Fine Arts.
From Broadway actors, a nod to Boys to Men, and an out-of-this-world jazz band, check out what Alamo Heights, Floresville ISD, Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Medina Valley ISD are doing in this monthly edition of our San Antonio Public School District Roundup.
Commonly used to reflect and record humanity, acting, music, and mixed media art are critical programs. Creating art can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork which helps our students live a more complete and enriching life. Despite funding challenges, school administrators are continually finding ways to continue these remarkable programs. If you are a supporter of the arts, reach out to your local school district and ask for how you can support your local school programs.
Fort Sam Houston ISD - Journalism Students Attend National Conference in Chi-Town
Cole photography and journalism students traveled to attend and compete at the JEA/NSPA national journalism conference in Chicago with over 6300 students from across the United States! Junior, Raquelle Bennett competed in the Photography Portfolio division at the conference and was one of only three students in the country to receive a Superior Rating.
Leadership and community is our November theme this year where students in public schools learn to connect to their hearts, expand their minds and to create ground-breaking ideas. Our public schools have a crucial role in helping to cultivate a civic-minded community of the future. Read more about our educators that go out of their way to make mastery of standards fun, to schools learning the importance of giving back in this edition of the District Round-up.
Thanks to Floresville High School, MacArthur High School, and Highland Park Elementary showing us how they inspire hearts, minds, and ideas.
Gardens, Spurs Hype Squad & Technology all promoting a healthy life in our schools this month
Go Public is showcasing health and wellness during the month of October. Our public schools have a key role in helping to create healthier, happier students and employees. From community gardens to technology - school wellness incorporates learning, engagement, and life-long habits.
Check out what Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, SAISD, Northside ISD, South San ISD have been doing to promote #livingyourbestlife
Gus Garcia chess team and sponsors have much to be proud of this year as the reigning five-time district champions. The team is looking forward to the upcoming district tournament. Scholars have started to develop their independent thinking, logic skills and phenomenal strategy at after-school practices. “Our students apply these strategies to the game and their school work as well,” Mrs. Kinard, Gus Garcia chess sponsor said. “…and it translates greatly.”
Original article here.
The East Central Indie Festival (ECIF) was an outrageous success. Thanks to the community partnerships and EC Campus Clubs for taking part. This was the final project for EC Music Biz. The students designed, marketed, and hosted this festival (the only HS indie music fest in the US). Next year, watch for other exciting Music Biz events in addition to ECIF. In 2018-19 the students will bring a World Music Fest and Cultural Expo and a Country Music Fest (around Rodeo season).
Original article in the ECISD newsletter here.
Rivard Report Article: (an excerpt) "Alamo Heights High School students will vie for $10,000 – and bragging rights – in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will take them through the group process of becoming a startup. The 130 junior and senior students are participating in the year-long Heights Business Incubator, an elective course that leads students from the idea phase to the development phase and through to pitching the product for their new business. The winners will receive $10,000 to fund their entrepreneurial venture."
For the full article, go here. Photo: Bonnie Arbittier/Rivard Report. Mckenzie Hervey (center) speaks about her group's busines plan.
Twenty-four Lanier HS seniors completing College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), a program of Ernst & Young, were presented with scholarships, cords, certificates and duffel bags.
This is the third year of the program at Lanier, which serves students in grades 11 and 12. This year's cohort of 24 juniors and 24 seniors have been mentored by EY volunteers to encourage their continuation to college.
Original article featured on SAISD's Facebook page here.
The South San Antonio High School Dancin' Cats Dance Team kicked off the Fiesta festivities with a bang making appearances at various events throughout San Antonio. They attended Senior Fiesta, Fiesta De Los Reyes, Fiesta Festival hosted by the San Antonio State Supported Living Center, and Fiesta de los Niño's. They made such a good impression at all events that they have been asked to perform next year. While at Senior Fiesta the students were invited to perform for the 89th Texas LULAC State Convention at the beginning of June which is a true honor. While at Fiesta De Los Reyes the Dancin' Cats were given the opportunity to appear on two T.V. stations; Kens5 and Univision San Antonio 41. Congratulations Dancin' Cats for successful performances during Fiesta!
Original article featured on the South San ISD Facebook page here.
Exploring virtual reality through apps, using Chromebooks and iPads to create movies and daily news broadcasts, and building tiny homes to explore future careers in construction. Northside schools are finding unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.
Students from more than 105 elementary, middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Expo, which has been split into two days due to high attendance in previous years. Also new this year are displays from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Schools will have tables at the Sports Gym and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting. Some programs, like the tiny home and automotive programs, will showcase their work outside the Sports Gym due to space constraints. Among the topics showcased this year are: mobile devices in the classroom, campus camps and clubs, real world projects, and global learning experiences.
Original article on Northside ISD's Facebook page here.
Meet Joshua, a second grader at Tuscany Heights Elementary School. Joshua earned three second-place medals at the NSBE Jr competition. The National Society of Black Engineers promotes science and technology while encouraging students to explore, research and create.
Also, Joshua has been accepted in the San Antonio Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen STEM-A program. He is one of 20 San Antonio area students that will learn aviation careers and the role of aviation in everyday life, all while gaining an appreciation for the story and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Over the next nine months, Joshua will have a chance to meet with aviation experts, attend field trips to Randolph Brooks AFB and the San Antonio airport, experience a flight stimulator and finally “co-pilot” a real airplane for graduation from the program. To top it off, his first week with STEM-A coincides with the flight unit being taught at Tuscany Heights.
Original article on NEISD's Facebook page here.
The Alamo Heights Choral Program, under the direction of Angus McCloud, is an award-winning music program that offers district students a solid foundation in musical performance, music theory and musicianship. Students in this program are offered a wide range of experiences that include: live performances, field trips, UIL competitions and more. The Choral program is known for its strong and supportive community in which students of all abilities are welcome and celebrated. Help support the program:
Members of the community service organization, Students Offering Service, from Nimitz Middle School/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy had the opportunity to explore Confluence Park with Spurs player Rudy Gay. The club received a grant earlier this year from the Spurs Silver and Black Give Back to build an outdoor classroom and garden at their school. They were chosen to explore Confluence Park since the park itself was built as one large outdoor classroom. The students were able to participate in activities led by the San Antonio River Authority to learn about the outdoor classroom aspects of the park so that they can get ideas to take back to the outdoor classroom they are building. The students were able to learn about native grasses, water reclamation, the importance of water, and much more. Rudy Gay spent time with the students and helped them during the scavenger hunt around the park. The students were very excited to get this experience and can't wait to implement some of the ideas to their outdoor classroom.
Original post on NEISD Facebook page here.
Current events, stories, and features from the San Antonio-area's seventeen Independent School Districts.