Sunday May 26, 2013 ForsythCounty.com
GT president G.P. “Bud” Peterson visited South Forsyth High School at the request of Morgan Westbrook, a SFHS student. Her birthday card to President Peterson back in September was the prompted the visit.
Peterson visited Morgan’s classroom and special education teacher Ann Kohler, and saw first-hand how technology is being incorporated into the teaching. “He’s very giving and caring and a generous person who would come and see a special education student who invited him to come,” Kohler said. “He’s not just about the students who can come to Georgia Tech; he’s about all the students and everyone learning math and science.”
After visiting Kohler’s classroom, Peterson visited with a class of technology students in Nick Crowder’s class. These students were able to show their work in architecture modeling, construction renovation, biotechnology and robotics, among other fields.
Peterson schedule doesn’t allow him the opportunity to visit local schools as much as he’d like. “It’s great to come out and see what kids are doing and talk to them a little about college and their aspirations,” he said.
It was quite the contrast going from the special needs classroom to the engineering room, with some of the most advanced math and science students in the school. But in the end, Peterson said they’re more alike than they know.
“There’s really not that much of a difference. These are kids. They’re trying to figure out what to do with their life,” he said. “They’re all thinking about their future and it’s just great.”