The Future of STEM Learning in Tennessee

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