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State Representative Craig Horn Visits RCSNC
State Representative Craig Horn Visits RCSNC
Posted on 01/29/2018
Rep Horn Visit RCSNC

Reported by the Daily Courier



State Representative Craig Horn spent much of Friday speaking with teachers, students and administrators of the Rutherford County Schools system (RCSNC), gathering information and opinions and also seeing firsthand the work of students. The Republican from Weddington represents District 68, and is chairman of the Education Appropriations Committee and the K-12 Education Committee. Rep Horn with Class

“This is a fantastic school,” Horn said as he was touring Forrest Hunt Elementary, interacting with students and teachers. “These students appear focused and motivated. That is the result of good teachers who respond to the needs of the students.”

Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason invited Horn to visit local schools.

Dr. Mason with Student

He is very interested in improving education,” Mason stated. “He is very engaged, especially when it comes to technology.”

“Representative Horn likes to speak with teachers directly. He wants to hear from them, about what is going well and what needs to be done differently,” Mason added.

Prior to visiting several classrooms at Forrest Hunt, Horn wanted to hear directly from Principal Tammie Ask. She explained to him how technology is integrated throughout all grade levels, including kindergarten. Ash and Mason also spoke about how new teachers are supported and mentored as they begin their careers with RCSNC.

Mason also explained the elementary and middle school curriculum used is more streamlined than in previous years, which helps when students transfer to different schools in the system, and also helps the central office administration better support the teachers.

“I need to know what is really happening in schools at the local level,” Horn said. “I spend a lot of time visiting schools. When I speak with teachers, I always try to ask them three questions: What have we done at the state level that we shouldn’t have done? What should we do that hasn’t been done? And finally, what bus did I miss?”

“Different issues will come and go,” Horn continued.

But lately, he said in response to the first question, he hears complaints about class size requirements. With the second question, he said educators usually ask for greater funding.

With the third question, Horn returns to technology.

“Can you believe students are learning about coding in elementary school?” he said.

As the group visited four separate classrooms, as well as the media center, Horn observed, sat, and chatted with some students. He saw students reading, work math problems, and using computers. Seeing students demonstrating the use of code to drive Dash robots was among the more exciting moments of Horn’s visit to Forrest Hunt.

“Teachers have to be prepared for 21st century classrooms,” Horn stated. “We are trying to figure out how to keep moving forward.”

East Middle Schools, Sunshine Elementary Schools and REaCH were also visited by Horn.

Rep. Horn watches robot being controlled by student & iPad