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Front Page - Friday, June 17, 2022

Public Education Foundation announces new STEM Fellows

The Public Education Foundation has selected 31 teachers from the Southeast Tennessee region to participate in the 10th cohort of its STEM Fellows program during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The teachers will engage in a year of professional learning about best practices in STEM education and will have numerous opportunities to visit businesses in the region that benefit from the STEM skills their employees have learned.

The PEF Innovation Hub leads the fellowship in partnership with Hamilton County Schools, Benwood Foundation and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.

STEM Fellows will engage in site visits and learning sessions with local business and industry partners – including Volkswagen, the Chattanooga Business Development Center and Branch Technology – to help teachers prepare students for the workforce.

The fellows also shadow leaders at businesses in their community to develop a deeper understanding of current workforce needs.

The previous cohort featured job shadows at a range of businesses including Naturally Knotty Hair Care, Green Spaces, Reflection Riding and TVA.

Over the last 10 years, more than 270 teachers from 125 schools and 18 districts have graduated from STEM Fellows cohorts.

Source: Public Education Foundation

The 2022-2023 STEM Fellows Cohort includes:

• Joyce Baker, Tyner Academy

• Kayla Bowman, Daisy Elementary

• Mandy Carter, Lookout Valley Elementary

• Sarah Conrad, Waterville Community Elementary

• Robbie Dillard, Orchard Knob Middle

• Alyssa DiNitto, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

• Kimberly Folson, Willow Oaks Elementary

• Ayana Gustus, Tyner Middle

• Laycica Harjes, Brown Middle

• Alden Hawkins, Thrasher Elementary

• Natasha Hennessey, Brown Academy

• Emily Hurst, HCS Innovation Team

• Diane Johnson, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts

• Patti Jones, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts

• Olivia Kane, STEM School Chattanooga

• Ginger King, Ooltewah Middle

• Chris Kizziah, Red Bank Middle

• Abby Klett, Dalewood Middle

• Ashley Lepard, East Side Elementary

• Antonia Luttrell, Spring Creek Elementary

• Ricky McEvoy, Thrasher Elementary

• Amanda Panter, Red Bank High School

• Ronda Phillips, Donald P. Yates Primary

• Emily Rossman, Harrison Elementary

• Stephanie Smith, Hixson Middle

• Brooke Smith, East Brainerd Elementary

• Lori Spencer, Brainerd High

• Bruce Stubblefield, Ooltewah High

• Jami Thomasonm, Dalewood Middle

• Traves Welch, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts

• Jeannette Yann, Spring Creek Elementary