CN helps more than 150 educators with STEM training

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/14/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – More than 150 educators traveled June 7-8 to Northeastern State University for training in the latest science, technology, engineering and math teaching and learning techniques at the Cherokee Nation’s Teachers of Successful Students conference.

For a fifth straight year, the CN funded the conference at no cost to teachers. To culminate the conference, the CN awarded a Creative Teaching Grant of $1,000 to 10 teachers to start STEM projects in their classrooms next fall.

Angela Wall, who teaches preschool and kindergarten at Bluejacket Public Schools, said the $1,000 grant from the tribe would help the school in implementing a robotics lab for the lower elementary students.

“This grant makes it possible for us to establish this lab. It’s not something covered in the daily material, and we will now be able to implement STEM projects in the lower grades,” Wall said. “I’m very appreciative of this grant.”

Other teachers receiving $1,000 grants were:

• Greasy Public School’s Maygen Clark for “To Infinity and Beyond,”

• Maryetta Public School’s Tiffany Clawson for “Motivating Tiny Builders,”

• Bluejacket Public Schools’ Amy Rogers for “Beginning Robotics and Coding for 4th-5th Grades,”

• Afton Public Schools’ Jason Gibson for “Building Better Bridges,”

• Cleora Public School’s Deanna Gordon for “STEM Activities with a Basis in Literature,”

• Sallisaw Public Schools’ Christina Magie and Tara Mendrola for “Building Brains with a Maker’s Space,”

• Justus-Tiawah Public School’s Desiree Matheson for “STEM in the Library,”

• Wagoner Public Schools’ Stephanie Rexwinkle for “From Text to Film,” and

• Cleora Public School’s Guy Matzenbacher for “Coding is Fun!”

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