Jones appointed to STEM and STE(A)M School ReDesignation Task Force

NASHVILLE – Prescott South Elementary School Principal Catherine Jones is one of 16 educators across Tennessee named to the Tennessee STEM and STE(A)M Task Force. The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) are committed to ensuring each child in Tennessee is challenged, prepared and empowered for their postsecondary journey. 

STEM and STE(A)M education provides an opportunity for each child to discover and learn, pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and to become a resilient, lifelong learner. STEM and STE(A)M education are an integrated approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are learned through real-world, project-based experiences. Students use science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics concepts to make authentic connections between school, community and work experiences. 

The Tennessee STEM and STE(A)M School Designation was created to award and recognize schools that are exemplars of this work. The list of current STEM Designated Schools across the state can be found here.

An incredible team of school and district level leaders from across the state have been selected to support the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) in designing the STEM and STE(A)M Redesignation process. This team will help craft a framework, including a roadmap, benchmarks and outcomes, for the TN STEM and STE(A)M Redesignation process.

STEM and STE(A)M School ReDesignation Task Force

James Allen                  Principal / Knox County Schools

Angela Askew               Principal / Shelby County Schools

Melinda Broyles            Principal / Cheatham County Schools

May Cawood                Principal / Roane County Schools

Melissa Collins              Educator / Shelby County Schools

Ben Di’Chiara                STEN Educator / Trenton Special School District

Jennifer Dye                 Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Private School

Michael Ford                Principal / Maury County Schools

Karen Harper                Science/STEM Coordinator, K-8 / Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Heather Hayes              Principal / Bradley County Schools

Shanna Hensley            Principal / Kingsport City Schools

Jessica Holloway           Innovation Coach / Hamilton County Schools

Catherine Jones            Principal / Putnam County Schools

Travis Langley               Principal / Roane County Schools

Nancy Lay                     Principal / Campbell County Public Schools

Ptosha Maclin               Principal / Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Schools that have earned designation are required to apply for redesignation after 5 years. This component of the process functions as a reflective tool that immerses school leaders in continuous improvement planning. School level teams collaborate to ensure their STEM programming is accessible to all students. Schools re-evaluate their goals, adjust processes and protocols and have the opportunity to improve upon their current STEM plan.

Redesignation allows school level teams to celebrate success and refocus on areas where continued growth is possible including faculty and staff changes over time. The redesignation application provides a unique opportunity for schools to showcase growth that has occurred during the 5-year period since earning designation. The goal over the redesignation is to ensure STEM and STE(A)M teaching and learning has become an element of the school culture. 

The first set of schools that will complete the STEM/STE(A)M Redesignation application were those that earned designation in 2018. The first round of redesignation applications will occur during the 2022-23 academic year.

More information on the STEM and STE(A)M School Designation process can be found here. [].

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