Sunday 22 educators bring their big ideas to Pitch Night for the fifth annual Public Education Foundation Teacherpreneur event.
The afternoon and evening showcase will feature the teachers representing 18 schools pitching their ideas that they have worked on for the past eight weeks. The teachers will sell their ideas to a panel of judges and a large audience. Teacherpreneur will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday at the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall on Riverfront Parkway and will kick off Startup Week Chattanooga, a celebration of Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community.
Admission is free, but space is limited for the presentations. You can reserve your spot by getting your free tickets online. The audience will participate by electronically voting for their favorite projects.
"Teacherpreneur Incubator offers teachers support, time and space to create big ideas and grow them into sustainable, scalable projects, programs and businesses. The Public Education Foundation and Hamilton County Schools have paired together, with the support of the Benwood Foundation, to help educators, entrepreneurs, experts and community members develop and grow ideas that will make a difference beyond the classroom walls," officials said.
A total of 15 new ideas for the classroom have been developed by the educators poised to pitch the ideas. A few of the projects include a diversity program, a girl's coding program, and a developing curriculum for the applied math course. The teachers participating come from 18 elementary, middle and high schools from all around the county.
The teachers or teacher teams pitching their ideas include:
• Michelle Bettis, East Hamilton School; Stephanie Montgomery, STEM School; and Nikki Russell, Orchard Knob Elementary
• Tyler Roberson, Soddy Daisy Middle
• Michael Caraccio, Sale Creek School
• Chelsie Durham and Lauren Swanson from Lakeside Academy
• Maureen Clark, Soddy Daisy High
• Sherry Heinz, The Howard School
• Erika Martin, East Brainerd Elementary
• Karen West, Comelia Franceschi, and Laurie Clifton from CSLA and Susan Morrison from Tyner Academy
• Audrey Pulse, Wallace A. Smith Elementary
• Sam Martin, Red Bank Middle
• Tarah Kemp, DuPont Elementary
• Kristina Williams, Brainerd High
• Marcie Williams, Ooltewah High
• Tad Russell, Soddy Daisy Middle
• Jessica Hoover, Hixson Elementary
• Chris Seanard from Dalewood Middle