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PTECH students present at national conference

July 14, 2016 | Filed in HFM PTECH, HFM Top Stories
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PTECH students at the 2016 Model Schools conference in Orlando, FL. From left, Vorachot Lowsuwansiri, Ryan Kamanu, Theresa Clark and Nadia Payan and Aislynn Ward.

Five PTECH students recently returned from presenting at the annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Fla., where they shared with educators from across the country the story of the innovative regional school that is entering its third year of operation.

Theresa Clark, Ryan Kamanu and Vorachot Lowsuwansiri, all juniors, and Nadia Payan and Aislynn Ward, both sophomores, were selected through a points-based system and interviews during the winter and worked over the past several months to prepare for the student-centered 75-minute presentation.

The Model Schools Conference, hosted by the International Center for Leadership in Education, brings together thousands of teachers and educational leaders each year in an effort to share innovations in education occurring across the country. The Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES Pathways in Technology Early College High School was selected by the center as a 2016 Model School and invited to present at the conference June 26-29.

The five students also provided insights alongside their PTECH teachers during the conference, who gave presentations on project based learning, a key tenet of the school.

“Our students are best suited to telling the PTECH story; they have first-hand experience they can share about how PTECH’s culture and approach to teaching and learning fosters student success,” PTECH Principal Mike Dardaris said. “I was thrilled to have these five students represent PTECH and the Mohawk Valley Region in such a positive way.”