October 11, 2017: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register

For many students, the jump from high school to college is a leap. In this webinar, we’ll take you inside the new ways some schools are helping students prepare for the challenges of college that content knowledge doesn’t cover.

Liz Mechling/Tim Latta will detail the class every student at Metro Early College High School takes to prepare them for everything from college applications to financial aid.

Yureka Pirtle of the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy will talk about innovative methods her school has developed to integrate community partnerships and technology to develop STEM-focused thinking in students.

Finally, we’ll moderate a discussion with both presenters about the do’s and don’ts of helping STEM school students succeed after graduation.


Liz Mechling graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and completed her student teaching with the Department of Defense in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 6 years before moving to Columbus to pursue her Master’s degree in School Counseling at The Ohio State University. She is in her fourth year as the school counselor at Metro after spending 4 years with the Columbus City Schools.
Tim Latta is a graduate from Wright State University with a BS in Psychology. Mr. Latta also holds a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University. He worked in the mental health field with adolescents and families for four years. Upon seeing the immense value in prevention, Tim sought employment within the education. He obtained employment for three years with Columbus City Schools For the past eight years Mr. Latta worked as a School Counselor at Reynoldsburg High School until joining Metro.
Born and raised in Holly Springs, MS, Yureka Pirtle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology, Master of Science in School Counseling and Educational Specialist in School Counseling all from Mississippi State University – “Go Bulldogs.” She began working as a Professional School Counselor for Memphis City Schools in 2009, prior to becoming a school counselor, she served in other mental health positions within the Parkwood Behavioral Health System. She has been an integral member of the staff of the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy since its founding in 2014.
Brandi Stroecker is a STEM Relationship Manager for Battelle Education. A veteran educator, she has spent over a decade teaching 6-12th grade Science and STEM in high poverty, urban schools. In 2012, the Tennessee Science Teachers Association honored her work with an Excellence in High School Science Teaching Award. Brandi holds a BS from the University of Memphis, a Masters in K-12 Education from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Christian Brothers University.

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About these webinars

Every month, we organize an opportunity for STEM organizations to learn from each other. Past webinars have covered STEM school design, teacher training, and engaging industry in STEM partnerships. This service is offered thanks to your state’s membership in the national STEMx network.

STEMx members are encouraged to forward this invitation to others in their state who would find the information useful.

You can sign up to hear about our webinars along with our weekly blog posts here: www.stemx.us/sign-up

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