August 12, 2019

Teacher Attends MIT Science and Engineering Program

Bertschi's Technology Integration Specialist, Joey Tanaka, was selected to attend this summer's 30th annual Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SEPT brings together the best and brightest minds to inspire and bring the MIT saying of “hands-on, minds-on” learning to teachers.

"I was able to learn and personally meet professors and researchers I had only seen on TED Talks or read about online. Every day was packed with wonder, until late into the evening, learning together with 55 other teachers from around the world - double the number in previous years and an entirely new format and style.

After deep sessions, “drinking from the firehose” of learning on topics like climate change, NASA’s efforts in space and next gen robotics, discussions went on late into the evening, comparing educational systems, sharing the challenges and triumphs of teaching and learning more about what we’ll take home, with teachers from as far away as Brazil, South Africa, Germany and the Cayman Islands.

Former Bertschi parent and MIT Alum, Marissa Martinez, recommended me to the Puget Sound MIT Alumni organization and with their support and selection, MIT then made their final choice. I am incredibly grateful to both and the Bertschi community, for always encouraging me to be a compassionate, confident and creative learner right alongside our kids."

While in Boston, Joey also visited the LEGO HQ to scope out a yet-unreleased product for future use at Bertschi.

Did You Know? Joey is also a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2, and was named a Master LEGO Educator 2018. We are so lucky to have him on our faculty!