K-12 Teacher-Partner Profile

Larry Fritch

College/University: University of Connecticut
Project Title: Ingenuity Incubators Prepare Technical High School Students for College Engineering
Partner School: Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School
Degree: B.S., Environmental Science, Biology; Graduate Courses in Vocational Tech Ed
Years Teaching: 12
Graduate Fellow Partner(s): Jason White

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?

Jason White brings youthfulness and knowledge to the Bioscience Environmental Technology program. He works with our 10th and 12th grades as they work to understand measurements, conversion of units, energy and “green” technologies. His strengths are his strong understanding of math, biology and physics. He helps me to combine theory lessons with “hands on” experience that help students to learn. Jason is a well-rounded person with a “can do” attitude and he has gained the attention and admiration of the Bio Tech students.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?

The GK-12 experience has changed me in the expectations that I have for my students. Working with Jason has caused me to expect more from my students in maturity and problem-solving ability. Jason, as a peer mentor, has been able to extract a higher level of performance from my students. I have worked with the GK-12 project to make it meaningful to Jason, the students, and myself. I have encouraged all participants to analyze, explore, evaluate, and resolve problems as they are uncovered in the learning process. As a veteran teacher and department head, I have the flexibility to allow time for the student’s personal development and to help the shop to be an enjoyable learning experience. Jason has always been willing to help to develop the whole students and to teach the students that learning can be fun.