Landstrom Chosen As SECME Master Teacher Mentor

Seminole Ridge High School teacher Erich Landstrom was selected along with 13 other educators from the country as the 2013 Master Teachers Mentors and Consultants for their strong leadership and contributions.

The selected educators are significant members of SECME’s cadre of teachers with a strong tradition of leadership in SECME’s National Office Education Program Division. Because of its noteworthy contributions over the years, this group has been asked to accept additional responsibilities by serving on the SECME National Advisory Council and as SECME Summer Institute master teacher mentors or consultants. The focus of the SECME mentoring program is to enhance K-12 teaching and learning by leading professional learning communities during the summer institute and then providing institute participants with post-institute support.

SECME Inc. is a national nonprofit formerly known as the Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering. For more than 30 years, a major SECME focus has been teacher professional development focused on K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). SECME’s capstone event for the professional renewal and revitalization is the annual summer institute, hosted each year by one of its 42 member engineering universities.

The 37th annual SECME Summer Institute will be hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach June 16-23. Presented by member university faculty, partner industry and government experts, and SECME master teachers, this intense eight-day residential STEM professional development opportunity provides educators with curriculum activities aligned to national standards, cutting-edge content knowledge, and a framework for implementing a SECME program.

SECME was founded in 1975 by the engineering deans from six Southeastern universities. Today, SECME is a nonprofit alliance that extends to 40 school systems, 42 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 15 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas. SECME’s mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented and under-served students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in STEM, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. SECME provides teacher professional development and coordinates student competitions across the country.