“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher. “ – George Whitman
At the Pantheon, we take such pride in inspiring ideas and facilitating creative thinking. Our mission is to be the force that turns dreams into realities. Our focus this month is Education. We are excited to share with you the ways in which we are propelling the educational endeavors of Knox County.
It’s been said that experience is the best teacher in life.. Regardless of the discipline, hands-on application of skills is the highest form of learning. We are proud to be partnering with some of these experiential learners this summer. Our interns are honing their skills day-in and day-out right here at the Pantheon. Please get to know these enthusiastic students!
“As a society, we should never stop learning. Continuing to educate ourselves even after formal education is important for personal growth. Learning to constantly become curious and open-minded is important to becoming truly happy. Whether you are educating yourself about a new hobby, how to personally develop, or even about a new culture, you continue to grow. Overall, education continues to lead to self-discovery which leads to happiness.”
“I think that education can come from places you may not expect. I earned eight associate degrees from the College of Southern Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from University of Idaho, and I’m on my way to a PhD from Purdue. And, although I did learn valuable lessons during my coursework, I would argue that I got the most benefit from being a “yes man”. I took on leadership positions for various clubs, internships I didn’t think I was qualified for, and just about any job you could think of to make ends meet. These opportunities and experiences give me a unique perspective on the challenges I face today, both in my academic and personal life.”
“Providing education is the only way to propel a country forward. People need to develop skill sets to solve challenges the community may be facing. I believe that a university education is good, but craftsmanship is also very valuable. Many individuals struggle to build simple things. Life skills shouldn’t be forgotten in lieu of formal education. That’s why I value hands-on experience. That’s how I learn–someone explains, I try, and then I can remember and truly learn.”
STEM Camp. We are thrilled to be hosting our first-ever STEM camp this month! Incoming 7th & 8th grade students have spent their mornings heavily engaged in the worlds of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math. With a strong focus on engineering projects, students have gained experience building trust bridges and even trebuchets! Important physics concepts, potential & kinetic energy, have been tested in the construction of mouse trap cars. Projectile motion has been demonstrated in the building of mini catapults, and chemistry basics have manifested in the creation of rockets and lava lamps. Students capped off their week of learning by making homemade ice cream in a bag. Deepening their understanding of freezing point depression was a sweet treat for all!
It has been a week full of hands-on application, questioning, predicting, and problem-solving. Thank you to Kreg Battles and Nichole Like for their heavy involvement in this program! We can’t wait to do it again next year!
If you’ve thought about taking your business’ financial savvy to the next level, you don’t want to miss our upcoming QuickBooks training! Kari Johnson, owner of Penny Tracker LLC, will be hosting a 2-part series for both members and non-members.
Part 1 in the series is a “QuickBooks Basics” and focuses on the financial foundations of business and QuickBooks software. Part 2 in the series is titled “QuickBooks Advanced” and focuses on best practices for time-saving workflow and automation. Together, these trainings are over a $2000 value! Mark Oct. 18 on your calendar! See the event link for details.
We are proud to highlight a true educator at heart, our very own Kreg Battles. Kreg recently transitioned into the role of Stem Coordinator for Knox County after a 42-year teaching career and has an office right inside the Pantheon’s walls.
Coming from a family of educators, Kreg found his calling teaching Math, Chemistry, and Forensic Science to local youth. Holding a Master’s Degree from Indiana State University in Secondary Education, Kreg capitalized on the opportunities made possible by the union of his formal education and his passion for teaching. “In my opinion, education is the thing that evens out society. We may not come into the world with the same talents, gifts, or socio-economic status, but education is the one thing that levels the playing field.”
With a strong belief that education is there for everyone to grab onto as a stepping stool for bettering their lives, Kreg also believes that it’s important not to overlook God-given talents and abilities. “Whether it’s an Associates, Bachelor’s, or Certificate, it doesn’t matter. We can get carried away with the degrees. Education is there for everyone in some form.”
Kreg also served in the House of Representatives from 2007-2014 where he served on the Education Committee. He worked diligently to influence education policies statewide. We are proud to have him on our team!
Special Invitation to students!
Would you like to hop on board as a student member of the Pantheon?
There’s no better time than the present. Medical Residents as well as high school and college students with valid Student IDs can gain membership for only $25/month. What better way to facilitate your learning than in a collaborative environment that values experiential learning? Contact us for more information.
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