Eastman Hosts Inaugural Educators’ Day
KINGSPORT, Tenn., October 2, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Today, nearly 700 local educators gathered at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center for a half-day of learning, inspiration and fun. Focused on education, innovation and connecting students to real-world experience, the event served as a Teacher In-Service Day for Kingsport City Schools with a number of teachers from surrounding counties joining the unique training event.
Eastman welcomed four esteemed, keynote speakers who shared their experiences and insights with the audience. Peter Vidmar, captain of the 1984 men's Olympic gymnastics team, Olympic gold medalist, and the highest scoring American Gymnast in Olympic history, gave an incredibly motivational message on risk, originality, and virtuosity. Jessica Stollings, founder and president of ReGenerations, shared her knowledge of generational differences and leveraging such learning in and out of the classroom. Dr. Carol Anne Clayson, senior scientist and director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, highlighted the immense challenges and opportunities surrounding ocean exploration, and provided insight into motivating students to study science, technology, engineering and math by bringing real-world problem solving into the classroom. Teacher and full-time poet Taylor Mali spoke passionately about the noble profession of teaching, and helped remind attendees that they have the greatest jobs in the world.
“Educators play such an important role in the lives of students," said David Golden, Eastman’s senior vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary. “At Eastman, we are deeply grateful to the women and men in our local school systems who work so hard every day to educate, inspire and prepare the next generation of thinkers, inventors, communicators, team players, problem solvers, and leaders. We know the world is a complex, interdependent place and by bringing real-world problems into the classroom, our teachers are helping students see the relevance of what they are doing, what they are learning, what they can achieve and how they will better the world.”
“Today’s training event was truly a special opportunity for our educators,” said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, superintendent of Kingsport City Schools. “We appreciate the partnership of local schools and Eastman’s leadership in support of our 'Student-focused ... World Class' journey. We are not only making a difference in the lives of students today, we are impacting the future of our community and our world.”
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