The 5+ Club Supported SiteThe 5+ Club Supported Site Virginia Tech

Supported Site Contacts

Alma Robinson
Brenda Brand
George Glasson
John Simonetti
Leo Piilonen

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is Virginia’s land-grant institution and a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia. Their vision is to establish a vibrant hub for physics teacher education in Virginia, with significant impact on neighboring states and the nation.

The VT PhysTEC Project – a strong and committed collaboration between the Department of Physics and the School of Education – encompasses a vigorous recruitment effort, well coordinated course transformations, closely mentored early teaching experiences and a learning assistant program, a Teacher in Residence (TIR), and a supportive network for program alumni. Excellent, long-standing interactions with experienced physics teachers and schools across Virginia will help with placing students and provide feedback and advice for the project.

We are already actively engaged in educating future Physics teachers and seek to enhance and improve our offerings and increase the number of graduates. We are developing an even stronger partnership with our School of Education and are looking forward to working with schools in the region.


Virginia Tech named a PhysTEC Local Teacher of the Year in 2018.

Site Leaders

John Simonetti John Simonetti


Alma Robinson (2011-2013) Alma Robinson (2011-2013)
Mary Norris (2013-2014) Mary Norris (2013-2014)