Elwood Middle School Teacher Recognized in National Publication
By Beth Izzo
At its Sept. 26 business meeting, the Elwood School District’s Board of Education recognized Matthew McGuire, a technology teacher at Elwood Middle School. Mr. McGuire secured a grant last year from the Toshiba American Foundation to purchase equipment for technology students to use in developing skills in design fabrication. For his efforts in implementing this technology within the classroom, Mr. McGuire was recently recognized in the national publication “Tech & Learning.” The article, written by Ellen Ullman in the June 25, 2013 issue, was titled “What to Do with It – Best Practices from Grant-Winning Districts.”
With the grant he secured, Mr. McGuire has taught his students how to use computer-aided manufacturing and a computer numerical control router system to design and manufacture toys that are later donated to local children. In addition, Mr. McGuire volunteered much of his time over the summer to help convert a technology room at the middle school into a STEM room. According to Principal Dr. Hugh Gigante, “Mr. McGuire is an incredible asset to the middle school staff. He is a quality educator who has contributed so much to our program for the students’ benefit.”
At the meeting, Mr. McGuire provided the Board of Education with a brief overview of what he has in store for his students this year, including building maglev model vehicles and constructing projects using snap circuit electronic kits.
Photo: Elwood Middle School teacher Matthew McGuire (center) is congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Peter Scordo (left) and middle school principal Dr. Hugh Gigante (right).