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Education Leaders Learn From SD Met at National Conference

Big Picture meeting
Jill Badger, left, Supt. Bill Kowba, Kristopher Johnson-LeCense, Ashley Elder, Principal Mildred Phillips, Elliot Washor.
San Diego Metropolitan Regional & Technical (Met) High School was the focus of national education leaders at the Big Picture Learning Principal Conference, held February in San Diego.

Current and former Met students talked with more than 60 principals from around North America about the difference Met programs made in their lives. Superintendent Bill Kowba and principal Mildred Phillips welcomed the conference to San Diego.

Class of 2008 members Ashley Elder and Kristopher Johnson-LaCense discussed how the school's internship programs better prepared them for San Diego State University. Both are scheduled to graduate in May.

"I feel as though it is the obligation of those of us who are now living the Big Picture motto, 'One student at a time,' to let other educators and students see how much this program has done," Elder said. "I felt honored to share my experiences with these educators, and hopefully the next generation will be as proud as I am to be a graduate of the Met program."

Big Picture Learning is an organization that encourages innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community. Met opened in 2004 and follows the organization's philosophy by encouraging students to become self-motivated and competent lifelong learners.

For more information, contact Phillips at 619-388-2299.