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ComputerGear Catalog Announces New Adopt a Teacher Program
Promotes Tech, Science and Math in the Local Community
Woodinville, WA Febuary 8, 2010 -- ComputerGear, Inc., the expert in tech, science and math gifts since 1993, announced today its Adopt a Teacher Program to promote technology, science and math in their local community. With local school budget shortfalls affecting the teaching of math, science and technology, ComputerGear's new program will help a science or math teacher teach better without having to reach into their own pocket. In addition to free science and math-related T-shirts, classroom incentives and supplies, ComputerGear will pay up to a predetermined amount of each teacher's non-reimbursed employee expenses used for teaching supplies. This year's recipient, Kathryn Boudreau-Stroud teaches at Beaver Lake Middle School in Issaquah, WA.
"ComputerGear was founded in 1993 to make technology fun and promote math and science. With national math and science test scores slipping and recent local school budget shortfalls affecting the teaching of math and science in our schools, we've decide to reach out and "adopt" a science teacher who's making a difference," said Terry Powers, ComputerGear, Inc. spokesperson. "In doing so we can further our mission statement and help a teacher teach better without having to reach into their own pocket. We're proud to sponsor Kathryn Boudreau-Stroud at Beaver Lake Middle School this year and challenge other businesses to do the same." In addition to free science and math-related T-shirts, classroom incentives and supplies, ComputerGear will pay up to a predetermined amount of each teacher's non-reimbursed employee expenses used for teaching supplies.
Kathryn Boudreau-Stroud teaches science to grades 6-12 at Beaver Lake Middle School (BLMS) in Issaquah, WA. She is a KTCS 2007 Golden Apple Award winner. BLMS is the only school in the Issaquah School District with a Science Olympiad team and she inspired two teams of 15 students each to compete last year. They won 2nd place in the Western Washington Regional Science Olympiad with 72 medals overall and competed in the statewide competition. Ms. Boudreau-Stroud is known for using newspaper articles, puzzles, poems and riddles to pique her middle schoolers' interests and provoke scientific inquiry. Her teaching style includes a little cognitive dissonance that prompts students to seek out answers in the scientific method. "I'm so excited about this extraordinary opportunity and I'm floored," said Kathryn Boudreau-Stroud. "It's a dream come true. We're already working on a Science Olympiad T-shirt contest for each team this year. And of course it means more balsa wood for science experiments!"
The KCTS Golden Apple Awards are sponsored by KCTS Television and reward teachers and programs making a positive difference in Washington state education in grades pre-K–12. For more information on the Golden Apple Awards contact Daphne Adair at (206) 443-6791.
Over 100 middle and high schools participate in the Washington State Science Olympiad events that are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills. For more information on the Washington State Science Olympiad program contact Sue Murphy at (509) 359-6809.
ComputerGear sells a wide range of fun and educational tech, science and math gifts through their web site www.ComputerGear.com and mail order catalog since 1993. Corporate offices are at 19510 144th Ave NE #E5 Woodinville WA 98072. For a catalog or more information call ComputerGear, Inc. at (425) 883-9052 or visit the web site at http://www.ComputerGear.com.