ABOUT ETOWAH GYSTC

Etowah Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center

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OUR HISTORY

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OUR COORDINATOR

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OUR MISSION

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OUR BOARD

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ABOUT US

Etowah GYSTC opened in 1997, under the direction of the first regional coordinator, Ms. Jane Pape.  The Etowah GYSTC is a Regional Center for GYSTC, Inc. which is a private, not for profit educational organization designed to increase interest in and enthusium for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for students, teachers, and parents, in elementary and middle school.  Etowah GYSTC is located in Rome, Georgia at the Rome campus of Georgia Highlands College.  Among the many educational programs they offer elementary and middle school teachers and students, some favorites include environmental science, chemistry, laws of motion, Family Science Nights, and Family Math Nights.  The Center provides a variety of professional development programs and STEM kits for K-8 teachers and students.

Etowah GYSTC serves the following school systems:  Bartow County, Chattooga County, Polk County and Rome City. Please reach out to us if you are interested in learning more about our services.

OUR COORDINATOR

Dr. Bob is a 40-year science educator who has taught science all grade levels, K-16.  He has taught prospective elementary school teachers at Georgia Highlands College in the area of physical science and life science. Currently Dr. Bob authors a weekly Astronomy radio broadcast on Rome Radio Station WLAQ AM 1410 and FM 96.9. The program airs at 7:50 a.m. each Tuesday morning. The radio station also has a live FaceBook broadcast at the same time: WLAQ-Rome. The text for the latest program is found as a link, by date, in TEACHER RESOURCES, named STARGAZERS' NEWSLETTER. As time permits, a more complete list of prior programs will be included.

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OUR MISSION

The Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, Inc. provides quality programs for teachers of STEM subjects that improve the teaching and learning process at the kindergarten through eighth grade levels. We present programs that change students’ perceptions and inspire an appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects.

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OUR BOARD

The Etowah GYSTC Board of Directors represent the center's member school systems and interested community members from business and industry in the service area. Board members volunteer their time and service to help the coordinator fulfill the mission of increasing interest, achievement, and enthusiasm in the STEM fields.​

Directors:

  • Board Chair – Ms. Sharryse Henderson: Director, Center of STEM Learning, Georgia Highlands College
  • Secretary – Ms. Rhonda Sosebee: Senior Administrative Assistant, Georgia Highlands College
  • Treasurer – Ms. Jerri Knowles: Universal Banker, Coosa Valley Credit Union
  • Mr. Jason Christian: Director of Laboratory Management and Operations, Georgia Highlands College
  • Mr. Chris Carey: President, Logical Systems, Inc.
  • Ms. Heather Carter: Bartow County Schools
  • Dr. Phillip Page: Bartow County Schools
  • Dr. Brandi Hayes; Director of College & Career Programs, Calhoun City Schools
  • Dr. Tricia Waters; System Math Specialist, Calhoun City Schools
  • Ms. Lisa Benson: Chattooga County Schools
  • Mr. Jeff Martin: Chattooga County Schools
  • Mr. Jay Deville: Owner, Right at Home
  • Dr. Katie Thomas: Superintendent, Polk County Schools
  • Mr. Johnathan Kirsch: Principal, Cherokee Elementary School, Polk County Schools
  • Dr. Eric L. Holland: Superintendent, Rome City Schools
  • Dr. Leslie Dixon: Director of School Improvement, Rome City Schools
  • Dr. Tricia Waters: Math & Science Coordinator, Rome City Schools

Ex-Officio:

  • Amanda Buice, State GYSTC Office