Taylor County

Classroom visit with 2017 Taylor County Teacher of the Year, Gretchen Smart-Hall


In Gretchen Smart-Hall‘s classroom at Taylor County Elementary School, I experienced my first STEM challenge! I had heard about the ingenuity and the real-world application of content skills but nothing can describe the energy and applied growth mindset that was evident throughout the challenge. As students used their limited supplies to create catapults, students learned from their mistakes, built on each other’s thinking, and resolved to make corrections to their structure. In the end, the simplest structure threw the Peep the farthest dinner, winning two students the coveted prize of first place!