STEM Collaborative For Rural Teachers Launches In Tennessee

3 Local Schools Participating

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, a public/private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, announced Friday the launch of the first Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative – a yearlong, cohort based training for rural educators designed to share promising practices in STEM education, seek solutions to local education challenges, and develop capacity to promote lasting change within their own communities. This year, 45 educators representing 24 counties across Tennessee were competitively selected for the Collaborative.  

One school for Hamilton County - Lookout Valley Elementary School, and two from Bradley County - Ocoee Middle and Park View Elementary School, are participating.  

“The Rural STEM Collaborative brings together a geographically diverse group of educators passionate about providing the highest quality STEM instruction for their students and exposing them to career opportunities,” said Wes Hall, Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. “The Collaborative offers an opportunity to support access to STEM for all students, regardless of zip code.” 

Within the Collaborative, there are three regional cohorts that will map the STEM resources and potential partners unique to the educational landscapes in West, Middle, and East Tennessee. The Collaborative provides a stipend for teachers to engage with the program and implement their proposed solution within their own communities. For more information, visit

2017-2018 Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative

School District

Cohort Member


Bedford County Schools

Nashika Trice

Harris Middle School

Bradley County Schools

Jermaine Bowe

Ocoee Middle

Heather Hayes

Park View Elementary

Cheatham County Schools

Brittany Crouch

East Cheatham Elementary

Emily Wong

East Cheatham Elementary

Kristin McQueen

Ashland City Elementary

Coffee County Schools

Cindy Herrera

East Middle School

Kristi Stewart

Coffee County Central High School

Crockett County Schools

Michele Holyfield

Crockett County Middle School

Franklin County Schools

Amanda Green

Franklin County High School

Ashlee Maranda Wilkinson

North Middle School

Hamilton County Department of Education

Dara Smiley-Lacy

Lookout Valley Elementary

Hawkins County Schools

Justin Barton

Volunteer High School

Haywood County Schools

Sharon Clark

East Side Intermediate

Henry County Schools

Faye H. Hooper

Henry County High School

Sandi Bigham

WO Inman Middle School

Jackson County Schools

Isaac Vincent

Jackson County Middle School

Gary Tinsley

Jackson County High School

Kent Shepherd

Jackson County High School

Knox County Schools

Nancy Jo Laurence

The Muse Knoxville

Lake County Schools

Shara Mobbs

Lake County High School

Lauderdale County Department of Education

Johnny Nelson

Ripley High School

Dr. Jennifer Brandon

Ripley Middle School

John T. Hart

Ripley High School

Laura D. Smith

Ripley High School

Sonia Hodges

Ripley High School

Loudon County Schools

Jody Bunch

Loudon High School

Tarah Karczewski

Eaton Elementary

Marshall County Schools

Charlotte Zajac

Marshall County High School

Maury County Public Schools

Armin L. Begtrup

Mt Pleasant High School

McNairy County Schools

Autumn Shourd

Adamsville Elementary

Melinda Johnston

Adamsville Elementary

Morgan County Schools

Melissa Poland

Petros-Joyner Elementary School

Kelli Harvey

Petros-Joyner Elementary School

Putnam County Schools

Michelle Buttram Hale

Capshaw Elementary

Roane County Schools

Heather Burnett

Oliver Springs High School

Lori Vowell

Oliver Springs High School

Katie McKee

Midway Middle School

Cynthia M. Conrad

Oliver Springs High School

Van Buren County Schools

Beth Delong

Spencer Elementary School

Warren County Schools

Diane Parton

Warren County Schools & BEECH

White County Schools

Julie Brown

Woodland Park Elementary

Emily Barnes

White County Middle School



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