Local educators selected to participate in stem learning opportunity for rural communities
Nashville – The upper Cumberland will have 15 representatives in the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, a public/private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, the 2023-24 cohort of the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative (TRSC) announced today.
TRSC is a yearlong professional development opportunity for rural educators designed to share promising practices in STEM education, seek solutions to local education challenges while encouraging the development of a targeted STEM solution for each community or school represented. This year, 45 educators representing 30 counties across Tennessee were competitively selected for the Collaborative.
“The TRSC program provides a framework for expanding STEM education across Tennessee’s rural education communities. Through targeted capacity building, reduced teacher isolation and increased collective impact, we are advancing STEM access and equity statewide.” said Brandi Stroecker, Direct of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. The TRSC was recently profiled in an EducationWeek white paper titled, Expanding STEM Learning Opportunities in Rural Schools that highlights several educator experiences and programmatic data.
Within the Collaborative, there are three regional cohorts that will map the STEM resources unique to the educational landscapes of West, Middle and East Tennessee. The Collaborative provides a stipend for teachers to engage with the program and implement a targeted STEM initiative within their own communities. For more information, visit https://www.tsin.org/tennessee-rural-stem-collaborative.
As part of the Tennessee STEM Rural Collaborative, Regional Consultants are selected from the 3 major regions of the state (West, Central, East) to support each educator in their represented region. These consultants provide support, feedback and resources to each cohort member.
This year’s regional consultants are:
- Crystal Lock from Finley Elementary
- Dyer County Schools; Lichelle Lenoard from Smyrna Elementary
- Rutherford County Schools
- Mendi Catlett from Ootlewah Elementary
- Hamilton County Schools.
The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is a public-private collaborative between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, emphasizing a “kindergarten through jobs” philosophy by promoting the teaching and learning of STEM education and integrating real-world and hands-on learning in K-12 public schools across Tennessee. For more information visit www.TSIN.org.
2032-2024 Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative Cohort in the Upper Cumberland
|Anna Reed||Cannon County Middle School||Cannon County Schools|
|Tammi Terry||Pine Haven Elementary School||Fentress County Schools|
|Christie Garrison||Jackson County High School||Jackson County Schools|
|Brena Leanne Hutchison||Rose Hill Middle School||Jackson/Madison Schools|
|Russ Wright||Lake County High School||Lake County Schools|
|Austin Kissell||Lauderdale County Schools||Lauderdale County Schools|
|Celina Davis||Philadelphia Elementary School||Loudon County Schools|
|Angela Bright-White||Philadelphia Elementary School||Loudon County Schools|
|Beth Sandidge||Philadelphia Elementary School||Loudon County Schools|
|Ansley Mattingly||Randolph Howell Elementary School||Maury County Public Schools|
|Haley Humphreys||Randolph Howell Elementary STEM School||Maury County Public Schools|
|Diamond Davis||Randolph Howell Elementary STEM School||Maury County Public Schools|
|Rachel Sparkman||Van Buren County High School||Van Buren County Schools|
|Amanda Key||FC Boyd Christian School||Warren County Schools|
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