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Szydlowski to proceed science initiatives after stepping away from CPS


Mar 17, 2023

Columbia Public Colleges science educator Mike Szydlowski is ending his 25-year educating profession on the finish of the college 12 months, however he might be round, he mentioned.

He introduced his determination not too long ago on Twitter.

“After 25 years of doing loopy packages for college students/academics, I’ve determined to retire after this 12 months,” he tweeted. “I am going to do the out of the field stuff, however now from exterior of the field working as a program administrator for the Columbia STEM Alliance and operating our Wild Trek science journeys.”

Anna Osborn, a studying specialist at Jefferson Center Faculty, the place Szydlowski works, responded.

“Heartbroken to see @Szydlowskim go away CPS,” Osborn wrote. “As a mother or father, I’ve gotten to witness first hand the impression he is had on college students. However excited that he’ll proceed to impression STEM training in our neighborhood! Congrats Mike! Wanting ahead to see what science magic you prepare dinner up!”

That is his twelfth 12 months in CPS, most of them as district science coordinator. Final 12 months he transitioned to being a center faculty science instructor.

“I’ve cherished what I’ve achieved for the final 25 years, however educating has gotten tougher and never as pleasing,” Szydlowski mentioned of his determination. “The favourite a part of my job has at all times been doing enjoyable science initiatives with children. I discovered different methods to do this, operating journeys and dealing with the STEM Alliance.”

The Columbia STEM Alliance is a not-for-profit group with a mission of offering science, know-how, engineering and math to Ok-12 college students.

“My purpose is to drop the forms and focus on the half I really like,” Szydlowski mentioned.

At CPS, Szydlowski has coordinated science journeys for college students to the Nice Smoky Mountains and Grand Teton Nationwide Park.

“With the STEM Alliance, we will run our personal science journeys and work with totally different colleges on composting packages,” Szydlowski mentioned.

He was instrumental in pushing for a Boone County Nature Faculty. The Jefferson Center Faculty Zoo has been one other challenge. Jefferson turned a science, know-how, engineering, arts and math faculty below his supervision.

He’ll be capable to work with the college to maintain the zoo going, he mentioned.

Oh, and his children’ science column within the Tribune on Wednesdays will proceed, he mentioned.

“I’ll have extra time to work on them,” he mentioned.

Roger McKinney is the Tribune’s training reporter. You’ll be able to attain him at rmckinney@columbiatribune.com or 573-815-1719. He is on Twitter at @rmckinney9.