A pair of state legislators and a leader in local economic development toured several classrooms in the Marshalltown Community School District on Jan. 7.
State Rep. Dean Fisher of Garwin and Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown, as well as Marshalltown Regional Partnership CEO David Barajas and Associate Superintendent Dr. Susan Pecinovsky toured classrooms and interacted with staff and students at Franklin Elementary School, Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School.
One of the focus points of the visit was to show how technology enhances instruction in classrooms, especially with the interaction involved with Chromebooks throughout the district. Another focus was the use of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), where MCSD has been a state leader.
At Franklin, the group visited the second grade classroom taught by Laura Stansberry and the third grade classroom taught by Kathy Ferguson.
At Miller, the group visited the seventh grade science class taught by Troy Long and an eighth grade literature class taught by Lindsay Roberts. Both classes showed how students and the teacher use technology to interact and learn.
At MHS, the focus was on Project Lead The Way and STEM classes including a biomedical science class taught by Erica Malloy and a principles of engineering class taught by Mike Lazere.