The Future of STEM Learning in Tennessee

Representatives from across the state gathered in Nashville for this year’s first STEM Leadership Council meeting.

Congratulations to the newest members of the state’s STEM Leadership Council! Educators and industry leaders from across the state gathered to discuss the direction of STEM learning in Tennessee. The council is made up of educators, industry leaders, and representatives from higher education. The council will advise and engage critical audiences as K-12 STEM programs across the state continue to develop students with strong STEM skills.

Congratulations to the following members:

Elementary Teacher

  • Tonya Mullinax – Fourth grade, E.L.Ross Elementary School, Cleveland City Schools

Middle School Teachers

  • Margie Hawkins – Science, Winfree Bryant Middle School, Lebanon Special School District
  • Lawrence Nussio – Math, Rogersville Middle School, Hawkins County Schools

High School Teachers

  • Adam Lightmanm – Math, McGavock High School, Metro Nashville Public School
  • Dr. Joann Shriner – Math & Virtual Learning, Putnam County School System

Postsecondary Stakeholder

  • Dr. Amy de Jongh Curry – Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Memphis
  • Dr. Glenn Acree – Professor, Mathematics, Belmont University; Nashville Technology Council
  • Dr. Jim Barrott – Vice President, Technology & Director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Dr. Chih-Che Tai – Assistant Director/Professor of Science Education, Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, East Tennessee State University

School District Administrator

  • Dr. B.J. Worthington – Director of Schools, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
  • Melissa Renshaw – STEM Advisory, Shelby County Schools
  • Dr. Tracey Beckendorf-Edou – Supervisor of Staff Development and Special Projects, Oak Ridge Schools
  • Rocky Riley – Career and Technical Education Supervisor, Knox County Schools

Business/Industry Expert

  • Keith Hamilton – Manager, North America Manufacturing, Bridgestone Americas
  • Kathy Black – Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Wesley Hall, Director of Client Engagement, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network

Department of Education

  • Danielle Mezera, Assistant Commissioner of Career and Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Eduction
  • Emily Barton, Assistant Commissioner of Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee Department of Education