Touchstones Spotlight on Stacy Pecha
Interview by Brittany Usiak, K-12 and Adult Programs Manager
It’s time for another Touchstones Spotlight! In this post, we’re shining the spotlight on Stacy Pecha, a 7th grade teacher at Selkirk Middle School in Washington who uses Courage to Care, Building Community Through Service with her Debate and Public Speaking elective class. Although she was introduced to Touchstones in 1996 and briefly used it in another district, this is her second year using the program consistently. Even in this short time, she’s seen growth in herself and her students in key discussion skills! Stacy is the only one at her school using Touchstones – as many of our teachers are. If you’re a teacher using Touchstones, and you’d like to connect with our global educator community, join our new group, exclusively for Touchstones teachers to share tips, strategies, and ideas, and build community. We’d love to have you!
What do you love about Touchstones?
Students have lost the art and fundamentals of productive discussion – especially LISTENING to each other. Touchstones helps to foster that skill.
How have you seen yourself develop as a discussion leader?
How have you seen your students develop through Touchstones?
Can you share a memorable moment from your Touchstones classes?
What do you want others to know about Touchstones?