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Tom Farmer

Tom Farmer
I love to tell stories, which is exactly what I do as editor of The Pitsco Network Magazine and other Pitsco publications. My background in journalism created a constant curiosity that carries over into my personal interactions. As the communications manager at Pitsco, I serve on the Pitsco Way Leadership Team, the Media Relations Team, the Cares Team, and I’m head of the Communications department. I’ve been surrounded by teachers most of my life. My wife and oldest daughter are teachers, another daughter is on track to become a teacher, and I’ve been with Pitsco since 1997 (we have lots of former teachers working here). If you have a story to tell about you or your students’ experiences with Pitsco products, I’m ready to listen!

Recent Posts

Texas educator on a mission to discover every kid’s genius

Posted by Tom Farmer on January 26, 2019

Last fall, we released our first ever teaching type personality quiz. We featured five general teaching types that we believe encompass educators you’d find in today’s classrooms: the Merry Maker, the Inspiring Innovator, the Prudent Planner, the Technology Trailblazer, and the Coordinator of Chaos.

Matthew Way, educator at Sweeny Elementary School, in Sweeny, TX, is the walking definition of a Coordinator of Chaos teaching type. In summer 2017, Way volunteered to run the new Pitsco Education STREAM lab. He sees more than 1,000 K-5 students in his STREAM lab each year. K-2 students experience whole-class STEM Units for 30 minutes each week during the school year, and students in Grades 3-5 explore the rotational STREAM Missions for one hour every third day for a semester.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Missions, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Making the switch to Expeditions

Posted by Tom Farmer on March 26, 2018

PLACENTIA, CA – Doubt. Skepticism. Uncertainty. Complacency. Fear of the unknown. . . . All can be excuses for not changing curriculum.

And all can be barriers to progress.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) administrators and teachers did their homework when researching new middle-level career-discovery labs and found multiple reasons to make a switch following their decade-long successful run with Pitsco Education’s Modules program: Challenge. Belief. Opportunity. Careers. Discovery. Trust. Future.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, STEM, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning

Customization: Just what the educator ordered

Posted by Tom Farmer on March 22, 2018

Standardized testing.

Extra duties.

Professional development. 

Tight budget.

There are plenty of obligations piled onto educators these days. Often that leaves them little time to innovate in their classrooms or provide custom opportunities for their students. So when a new student-centric curriculum allows a chance to personalize curriculum and classroom processes, it’s a win-win.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM Expeditions

Living the American dream

Posted by Tom Farmer on November 30, 2017

Parents example and career education create a clear path toward engineering for Texas student heading to Embry-Riddle

The American dream is alive and well in tiny Somerset, Texas.

Enrique Ayala is in his first semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall, a rare opportunity each year for only a handful of aspiring aerospace engineers. Consider, though, that Enrique is the son of Mexican immigrants and the product of a small, rural, low socioeconomic school district, and the odds of success on his career path become even smaller. . . . Unless you factor in the example of his parents and a comprehensive STEM program at Somerset High School that enabled Enrique to earn a full STEM endorsement and become adept at building robots and understanding their role in engineering.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, High School, ROBOTICS, Culture, Careers

Five-year self-reflection prompted switch from business to the teaching profession

Posted by Tom Farmer on December 12, 2016

Is desiring to make a positive difference in the lives of others a natural human instinct? Perhaps some people recognize and act on this urge while others suppress the desire, and still others never fully recognize it tugging at them.

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