STARBASE 2.0, STARBASE Oklahoma, Midwest City
|Carl Albert Middle School technology teacher Jeremy Teel (center), a volunteer for STARBASE 2.0 mentoring program, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Jeremy is a Project-Lead-the-Way Gateway to Technology teacher and Botball sponsor at Carl Albert Middle School. Carl Albert is home to one of the nation’s first STARBASE 2.0 after-school clubs, which started in 2011. Jeremy has been a volunteer for the STARBASE 2.0 program for four years, working with 25 middle-school students.
STARBASE 2.0 combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities with a relationship-rich, school-based environment serving at-risk youth in sixth through eighth grades. The program uses a team mentoring approach, pairing teams of three to four students with one adult mentor for four hours each month to focus on STEM projects, team-building and goal setting.
“Jeremy is a great club leader, constantly engaging students in challenging, but meaningful tasks,” said Trevor Pratt, STARBASE 2.0 instructor and coordinator. “From building SeaPerch underwater submersible radio-controlled vehicles to radio-controlled airplanes to Lego Mindstorms robotics—and even bigger and better Lego Mindstorms robotics—Jeremy can always be found in the middle of all the activity. We couldn’t do it without him!”
Trevor said Jeremy has played an instrumental in all role things STARBASE since its very early days. “His warm, easy-going relationships with the students and his ‘have fun teaching’ attitude set the tone for the students, the other mentors, and the overall club feeling.”
“Mr. Teel is my favorite teacher," said one of Jeremy’s STARBASE 2.0 mentees.