MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Among the table of young learners, you’ll notice someone that doesn’t quite fit the age bracket. It’s Pennsylvania’s Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and he’s learning too.
“This is an opportunity for us to connect with administrators, teachers, students”
He’s touring schools throughout the state to find out what policies and practices they use. His first stop was Swiftwater Elementary Center.
“We’re basically just showing them around. We’re like smaller tour guides.” Said Sophia Forbes.
Secretary Rivera saw different classrooms, including one unique learning space. The teacher allows her students to use yoga balls and special stools instead of traditional chairs.
“We’re just showing these people around the school and it’s just so much fun to do that” explained Jasper Shelton.
With school shootings and threats happening across the country, safety was also an important topic today.
We asked the Pocono Mountain School District’s Superintendent Elizabeth Robison what precautions are taken here. She says, as of recently, each school is manned with an armed guard. “Safety is always our number one priority and our number one concern.”
Secretary Rivera believes safety starts with building valuable relationships between teachers, students and parents.
“That’s the number on deterrent to school violence, acts of violence, or even bullying.”