Degrees and Certifications:
BS Biology, SCSU MEd Education Administration, GCU Endorsements: -Gifted & Talented -Read to Succeed
Hi! My name is Teenechian McCall and I am a native of the Florence area. I’m thrilled to say this is my 22nd year of teaching middle school science. Prior to this year, I taught 7th grade science for several years. My husband and I have 4 adorable children. In my spare time, until the pandemic, there wasn’t much of that… I’m an avid lover and worshiper of Jesus Christ. I also enjoy reading, nature walks, watching movies, sightseeing and spending time with my family.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (minor Chemistry) from South Carolina State University. Additionally, I’ve earned a Master of Education degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Teaching and learning are passions of mine. I absolutely love what I do! When I was told I would be moving to 8th grade for the 2020-21 school year, my heart sank a little because I love 7th grade science’s content and the younger children. However, I’m looking forward to working with my students from last year. Seventh grade’s science content consists of everything I love about science and went to school to learn. However, after studying Gold Standard Project-Based Learning (PBL) through the University of South Carolina, my desire and enthusiasm to teach 8th grade content has been invigorated. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned and planned for my students.
One of the goals of PBL is to develop “usable knowledge” in students. That means knowledge that’s deeper than recalled information for a test, but knowledge that once it’s learned, can be used in daily life and to solve problems. PBL is a strong catalyst of student motivation and engagement (Blumenthal et al, 1991; Thomas, 2000). Considering the circumstances we are living in right now, this is the ideal learning and teaching model for students to begin the new year. Through implementation of the Gold Standard Design Elements, students will have opportunities to solve real-world problems that establish a purpose for learning while building success skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. Most importantly (at least to students any way), students get to voice their ideas and make choices during their projects. My ultimate goal is to foster self-motivated students who can make sound, intelligent decisions in life. These learning experiences will be the training ground for the more serious issues students are facing today and later in life. It’s my belief that the impact I make in students' lives today will inspire and motivate them to have a greater impact in the world tomorrow. I’m looking forward to an exciting year filled with many “deep” learning experiences so put your thinking cap on and let’s get started!