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

Teacher NameSchoolDistrict
Anna ReedCannon County Middle SchoolCannon County Schools
Tammi TerryPine Haven Elementary SchoolFentress County Schools
Christie GarrisonJackson County High SchoolJackson County Schools
Brena Leanne HutchisonRose Hill Middle SchoolJackson/Madison Schools
Russ WrightLake County High SchoolLake County Schools
Austin KissellLauderdale County SchoolsLauderdale County Schools
Celina DavisPhiladelphia Elementary SchoolLoudon County Schools
Angela Bright-WhitePhiladelphia Elementary SchoolLoudon County Schools
Beth SandidgePhiladelphia Elementary SchoolLoudon County Schools
Ansley MattinglyRandolph Howell Elementary SchoolMaury County Public Schools
Haley HumphreysRandolph Howell Elementary STEM SchoolMaury County Public Schools
Diamond DavisRandolph Howell Elementary STEM SchoolMaury County Public Schools
Rachel SparkmanVan Buren County High SchoolVan Buren County Schools
Amanda KeyFC Boyd Christian SchoolWarren County Schools

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