Opened in August 2011, New Tech Odessa is a college prep high school that provides a unique learning environment for students in Ector County.
New Tech Odessa (NTO) has been named a National Demonstration School. NTO will serve as a model campus for other districts to visit and observe as they consider creating their own New Tech school.
At NTO students are called Learners and teachers are called Facilitators. Teaching is done through project-based learning, where learners work in teams to produce solutions to real world issues which are then presented to publicly to groups of peers and adults.
Each learner keeps a video portfolio of their work to be used in their college application process.
In December 2012 NTO earned the distinction of Apple Distinguished School. This designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation and leadership, use of technology, and demonstrate exemplary learning environments.
In January 2013 NTO became an official Demonstration Site with the New Tech Network. As a Demonstration Site, NTO will serve as a model campus for other districts to visit and observe as they consider creating their own New Tech school or look for ways to improve an existing New Tech campus.
NTO also received some welcome attention early in the school year when Education Week blogger Tom Vander Ark listed the school among 20 schools nation-wide that are using technology in an interesting way.
Gerardo is a native Odessan who attended Murry Fly Elementary and Ector Junior High and graduated from Odessa High School in 2006. He began working for ECISD as an AVID tutor at OHS in 2008 and then was hired at New Tech Odessa when it opened in 2011. He earned his History degree from UTPB and is working on his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and History.
He loves seeing learners engaged in their work especially when it has a real-world purpose like it does in project-based learning. He adds his goal is to inspire all learners to achieve their goals and help mold them into successful contributors to our city, state, and nation.