Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, the Challenge facilitators in the Washington School District, spoke at the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Nov. 6 at Blue Springs South High School.

They gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum.”

The presentation provided some of Bobo and Monzyk’s “tried and true suggestions” when implementing the curriculum.

Participants learned about ideas for organization, recordkeeping, resources and insights to successfully and effectively facilitate launching the program in their respective classrooms.

Bobo and Monzyk gave the presentation twice — both times to a standing-room-only crowd.

The Nov. 5-6 conference brought together Missouri teachers, administrators, counselors and business partners to collaborate and share effective practices to help students develop the skills to become the future generation of problem solvers.

The goal was to share, collaborate, recognize achievement and increase awareness for PLTW and STEM training throughout the state of Missouri.

Outstanding Teacher

At the conference, awards were given to “outstanding” teachers, counselors and administrators, as nominated by their peers.

Monzyk received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award Nov. 5 at the PLTW Awards and Recognition banquet.

Each nominee was chosen for their dedication and commitment.

“Jana Monzyk is a joy to have in the building and an inspiration to her students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum.

“She is intelligent, creative, kind, and above all else, student centered,” McCallum said. “You can count on her to bring the relevance to student experiences in her classroom.”

Missouri Project Lead the Way, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based program, offers 736 programs that affect nearly 900,000 students, K-12.