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Pitsco announces TAG rebrand and 2021 additions

The Ambassador Group aims to lead education that positively affects learners

Published March 5, 2021
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PITTSBURG, KS (March 5, 2021) – Since Pitsco Education's Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) formed in 2014, numerous educators from across the US have shared their expertise, wisdom, and feedback to support the company's mission to lead education that positively affects learners.

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While the core goal of TAG has not changed, Pitsco has rebranded the group, recognizing a need to better reflect the makeup of the group – educators of all types, including classroom teachers, after-school directors, homeschool educators, mentors, and more. TAG has been changed from Teacher Advisory Group to The Ambassador Group.

Moving forward

Teachers across the nation experienced a difficult 2020. Nonetheless, they rose to the occasion, moving from in-person teaching to remote teaching and back again, often several times. Many teachers learned to do hybrid teaching, managing both in-person and virtual classrooms at the same time. Pitsco Education's TAG took things a step further, managing a mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes while also providing feedback on how the year was going, tips for other teachers, and insight into everything from virtual platforms to robotics to project-based learning and more.

Eighteen of these inspiring educators continue as part of the 2021 TAG group. Five early-learning teachers have agreed to join as well, bringing the 2021 total to 23 incredible educators from across the country willing to share their expertise with Pitsco Education's Development and Marketing teams, fueling development of innovative ideas for classrooms everywhere.

The 2021 TAG members will be involved in a variety of projects, including feedback on new and existing hands-on products, activities, blog posts, and marketing content. This year, some of the focus will be on pre-K solutions such as the recent partnership between Pitsco and TTS to provide more early-learning STEM and coding options.

“We were amazed at the resiliency of our 2020 TAG team,” said Pitsco Senior Business Analyst Nancy Peterson. “Their willingness to share their experiences and insight has been invaluable. Our 2021 group looks to be just as instrumental, with the new members adding a vital pre-K element.”

The 2021 Pitsco TAG members include:

  • Adam Brown, Lakeside Elementary, Pittsburg, KS
  • Jim Brown, Sand Creek Middle School, Albany, NY
  • Michael Clark, Volusia County CTE, Volusia County, FL
  • Susan Gaboriau, Putnam County School District, Palatka, FL
  • Chris Gibson, S.F. Austin STEM Academy, Jones Creek, TX
  • Teresia Harrison, Stratford Schools, Stratford, OK
  • Everton Henriques, Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island, NY
  • James Jones, Wedgefield School, Orlando, FL
  • Lisa Lewis, Lafayette Upper Elementary, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Keri Litewski, USD 469, Lansing, KS
  • David Lockett, Edward W. Bok Academy, Lake Wales, FL
  • Jessica Malloy, STEM Revolution, Plano, TX
  • Aaron Maurer, Mississippi Bend AEA, Bettendorf, IA
  • Jill McClain, Bryant Ranch Elementary, Yorba Linda, CA
  • Matthew McGuire, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, Elwood, NY
  • Dave Shafer, Skiles Test School of STEM, Indianapolis, IN
  • Joe Slifka, LaBrae Local School District, Leavittsburg, OH
  • Emma Smith, Broadway Elementary, Broadway, NC
  • LeAnne Steelman, T W Ogg Elementary School, Clute, TX
  • Dwayne Taylor, Frank Layden Elementary, Frontenac, KS
  • Natalie Vanderbeck, George Nettels Elementary, Pittsburg, KS
  • Matthew Way, Sweeny Elementary, Sweeny TX
  • Denise Wright, Ocean Bay Middle School, Myrtle Beach, SC

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Pitsco Education is the leading provider of hands-on K-12 STEM solutions. STEM education prepares learners for the future through the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts using relevant hands-on applications to connect school, community, and work. Our various products, activities, curriculum, and solutions promote positive learning experiences and continued classroom success.

Contact: Pitsco Communications: publicrelations@pitsco.com

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– Rose Chapa, principal, Somerset Junior High School, Somerset, Texas

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