Washington Capitals November 2021 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
I’m Becca Clark, and I am the Tech Ed Electives teacher for Windsor Knolls Middle. I teach Tech Exploration, Computer Science Investigations, and Pre- Engineering. I teach 6, 7, and 8th grades. Last year, I was the FCPS substitute of the year for 2020-2021. I have been long-term subbing in Tech Ed for over 5 years, and been a substitute teacher for 11 years. I have used Everfi in my business, computer science, pre-engineering, and technology exploration classes because I believe that financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and problem solving go hand in hand. I love teaching Tech Ed because it helps light a spark in kids who might otherwise feel self conscious in school, and because it uses practical applications of math and science in solving everyday problems. I have a passion for implementing computer, tech and business skills in Tech Ed (previously known as wood shop”) classes, because as a women in STEM, I am committed to breaking barrier and helping everyone find their skill, their gift, and their passion.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
I like Alexander Ovechkin, Great 8. I love his passion for what he does and his desire to succeed. I also appreciate his determination and creativity.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
I like that Future Goals uses physics, math, and science in a way that is practical and relatable to all of my students. In my middle school classes, I use Newton’s laws of physics weekly. It is so nice to have a program that reinforces those concepts and illustrates them in a new and practical way. Hockey is all about Stem. Angles, math, physics all play a part in the game, which is why it’s easy to teach STEM concepts via hockey.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
I’ve always said I’d be the enforcer. I identify with the protector role, and I am passionate about what I do. I also am a woman who works with power tools and middleschoolers every day, so I have to be a little tough!