Teresa Sappington

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Teresa Sappington

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Teresa Sappington, who has 19 years of teaching experience, teaches Engineering at the Lamar County Center for Technical Education in Purvis, MS. wrote and evaluated test items for the end of course exam in Engineering I and II as a part of the Item Alignment and Development Committee. In addition, she conducts the training for new Engineering teachers in Mississippi.
Sappington previously taught Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Research at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, MS. While at Oak Grove, she mentored students who conducted 2-year individual research projects and for 9 consecutive years had at least one student advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Sappington was formally the Outreach Coordinator for the College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. While at MSU, she developed the Cinderella Project, an engineering design shoe project for middle and high school girls, which has been presented at multiple national conferences.
Sappington achieved National Board Certification in 2008. She earned her Masters in Science Education and a Bachelors in Chemistry-Physics Education from Mississippi State University. While working on her Masters she co-wrote and edited the manual for a physical science laboratory which she taught for elementary education majors.
Sappington’s main professional interest is engineering and robotics education. She has written and edited engineering activities for the 9th grade Mississippi STEM curriculum. She also reviewed and edited high school engineering curriculum at Probase Curriculum Refinement Symposium at Illinois State University. Besides teaching VEX robotics in the classroom, she co-sponsors two VEX competition teams. She has also taught Lego robotics at summer camps and teacher workshops sponsored by NASA.
Sappington’s believes that the most important thing in the ever changing world of science and engineering is to teach students how to learn science and apply that science to real world engineering problems and simulations. She believes the critical thinking and problem solving skills learned by students is a life skill that will serve them regardless of their chosen career path.
Lamar County Center for Technical Education