STARBASE 2.0, STARBASE Oklahoma, Canute
|Canute Elementary School Principal Josh Woodson (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)|
Woodson, who is principal at Canute Elementary School, helped start the first STARBASE 2.0 club in Canute nearly eight years ago when he was a fifth-grade teacher.
STARBASE 2.0 combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities with a relationship-rich, school-based environment serving at-risk youth in fifth 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.
“Although he now serves as principal at the elementary school, Josh continues to serve as a mentor to the students who participate in the STEM club in his building,” said Jacquetta Gunter, STARBASE 2.0 coordinator. “Anyone acquainted with the many, many hats that an elementary principal wears – especially in a small school such as Canute – can be nothing short of astonished that this administrator continues to carve out time to interact with Canute students on such a personalized basis.”
Josh continues to make time each month to build rockets, dragsters and radio-controlled airplanes with students in the STARBASE 2.0 Club.
“Mr. Woodson means a lot to me because he takes time and helps us learn what we need to be advanced,” one of his mentees said. “Not only does he show us, but he helps us when we don’t know what to do.”
“Mr. Woodson is absolutely phenomenal,” Gunter added. “He is very patient and works to be sure that each and every student does the best that they can!”