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VOL. 42 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 26, 2018

TeacherPreneur program gives $112K in awards

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The Great Schools Partnership and the Knox County Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department have announced the winners of the TeacherPreneur Grant program, fostering creative problem-solving by teachers.

The teachers received grants totaling more than $112,000 to support their ideas. Teachers and their ideas are:



• Julie Langley, an ELA teacher at Karns High School, led a team that proposed a Shark Tank-style program called The Beaver Dam, received a $10,000 grant. Langley’s team members were Mike Blankenship, John Cionfolo, Jacob Neblett, Cynthia Rhoden and Jack Witt.

• Copper Ridge Elementary received a $1,475 grant to purchase a washing machine and dryer. Jennifer Atkins, principal, says some of their students live in modular homes, motel rooms or even campgrounds, with limited access to laundry facilities. Copper Ridge will use the grant to buy the machines, while Beaver Dam Baptist Church will provide detergent and dryer sheets for the first year.

• Trent McLees, a librarian at Cedar Bluff Middle School, received a $4,240 grant to purchase a pair of 3D printers, which will be used by students to print prosthetic hands.

• Holly Kelly and Emily Swearingen, Farragut High School, received $6,913 for “Modernizing A&P Instruction Through Augmented Reality.”

• Suzanne Sherman, Carmen Long and Anne Troutman, Hardin Valley Academy, received $5,500 for a stress-relief program for students.

• Billie Davis, Jamie Escow, Ridgedale School, received $7,169 for a project using inquiry-based learning strategies coupled with hands-on activities.

• Lynn Shuryan, Charity Elliott, Jordan Frye (School Resource Coordinator), Norwood Elementary, received $4,500 for grade level relax rooms with a calm corner, giving students free time and iPad use.

• Jennifer Atkins, Laura Mullins, Nikki Hall, Copper Ridge Elementary, received $4,454 for Calm Cougar Kit, including a Kindle Fire.

• Rachel Hill, Copper Ridge Elementary, received $3,041, for the “Gnarly Graphic Novel Gang Project,” providing access to high-interest texts, especially graphic novels, poetry, series books and informational texts.

• Olivia Cates, Belle Morris Elementary, received $10,500 for a voluntary summer reading program. Sixty students will be given books to read during the summer months.

• Sarah Gilpin, Olivia Hysinger, Tabitha Cartwright, Fulton High School, received $6,135, for high school reading intervention with high-interest and relatable books.

• Andrew Turner, Central High School, received $2,830 for teaching math with music.

• Andrea Menendez, Central High School, received $1,392 for a calligraphy program to increase engagement and improve classroom behavior.

• Jessica Anderson, Mt. Olive Elementary School, received $1,514 for a program to address students’ emotional needs.

• Tracey Matthews Wynter, South-Doyle High School, received $5,500 for a program designed to reduce the number of incidents in which the involvement of a school resource officer is required through mindfulness.

• Kylee Haynes, Ashley Brooks, Kara Strouse (School Resource Coordinator), Dogwood Elementary, received $4,154, to transform an unused enclosed outdoor courtyard.

• Hilary Keith, Pond Gap Elementary and Dogwood Elementary, received $1,666 to expand its stress relief program.

• Corey Dugan, Vine Middle Magnet School, received $1,125, to use microphones to improve spoken language.

• Tina Huff, Green Magnet Academy, received $5,000, to use mindfulness and calmness to increase student achievement.

• Gia Gray, Maynard Elementary, received $1,791, for a storytelling project.

• Jennifer Willoughby, Anita Tisdale, Jill Akin (school resource coordinator), Beaumont Magnet Academy, received $2,000 to create a place for students, including those with special needs, for sensory breaks.

• Amanda Callahan-Mims, Ashley Zacher, Alexandria Ball, Karen Carter, Janee Gordon, Jessica Bocangel (school resource coordinator), Spring Hill Elementary, received $20,000 for a project, entitled “The MASST Approach,” a music, art, science and sensory therapy approach that is designed to link the positive behavioral interventions and supports program with school mental health initiatives to improve student outcomes.

• Amanda Taylor, Karen Loy, Carter High School, received $1,500 for literacy skills kits.

Covenant Health lauds top employees


Covenant Health has announced its annual President’s Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding individual employees and team projects that have improved patient care and lowered costs.

Suzanne Mickey, director of clinical operations at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, received the 2018 President’s Excellence – Buscetta Leadership Award.

She was selected from among 12 finalists who were nominated as outstanding managers or directors.

Ten individuals received President’s Excellence Awards for Individual Achievement.

• Laura Daugherty, RN, Methodist Medical Center

• Don Day, Jr., RN, Roane Medical Center

• Dillon Elliott, D.Ph., Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

• Jennifer Galloway, PT, Parkwest Therapy Center

• Natalie Garcia, RN, Fort Loudoun Medical Center

• Robbie Haley, LeConte Medical

• Donna Ramsey, RN, Covenant HomeCare

• Robert Roebuck, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center

• Tonya Smith, RN, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System

• George Tolbert, Peninsula Outpatient Services

The President’s Award, Covenant Health’s top award, was given to a system-wide project team for excellence in preventing Clostridium Difficile infections at Covenant Health hospitals.

Roane State’s Fox recognized for teaching


Roane State’s Jason Fox has been honored by his peers with the Tennessee EMS Education Association’s 2017-18 Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching award.

Paramedic program director David Blevins nominated Fox for the award, noting the high certification exam scores of Fox’s students, Fox’s rapport with faculty and peers, his creative teaching methods and “an overall desire to enhance the profession.”

Fox, also works with the Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Services, was part of a team that was awarded the statewide “Star of Life” award last year for their role in reviving a just-born, premature infant who had stopped breathing and had no pulse.

Fox was awarded the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year for the Allied Health Sciences Division at Roane State for the 2016-17 academic year.

ORNL scientists to lead national projects


Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its researchers have won awards from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The awards were made in conjunction with the White House Summit on Advancing American Leadership in quantum information science, a burgeoning field of research increasingly seen as vital to scientific innovation and national security.

The projects involve many universities, businesses and government agencies.

The ORNL researchers who will lead quantum information science projects are

Pavel Lougovski, “Software Stack and Algorithms for Automating Quantum-Classical Computing”project;

Christopher M. Rouleau will lead the “Thin Film Platform for Rapid Prototyping Novel Materials with Entangled States for Quantum Information Science” project;

Stephen Jesse will lead the “Understanding and Controlling Entangled and Correlated Quantum States in Confined Solid-State Systems Created via Atomic Scale Manipulation,” project.

Raphael Pooser will lead the “Quantum-Enhanced Detection of Dark Matter and Neutrinos,” project;

Travis Humble will be the principal investigator on “Particle Track Pattern Recognition via Content Addressable Memory and Adiabatic Quantum Optimization: OLYMPUS Experiment Revisited

Humble and Alex McCaskey are principal investigators on “HEP ML and Optimization Go Quantum.”

Accomplished Alumni award goes to Hart

Tomeka Hart, a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, received the University of Tennessee’s Accomplished Alumni award from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Hart graduated in 1993 with a degree in business and marketing education. She earned her MBA from Kennesaw State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis.

“Attending the University of Tennessee was a life-changing experience for me,” Hart says. “In addition to finding life-long friendships, I developed deep intellectual curiosity, strong leadership skills and the self-confidence needed for success in life and career.”

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Hart commissioner of the Education Commission of the States in 2011. Former Gov. Phil Bredesen selected her for Tennessee’s Race to the Top team. He also appointed her to the state’s Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee and the First to the Top Advisory Council.

“She has represented educators in the classroom, on school boards, within our state, out in the community and even around the globe.

“Her diverse background brings a unique perspective on education to our Board of Advisors as well. We are honored to call her an alumna of our college,” says Bob Rider, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Much of Hart’s work has been in education. She served as the vice president of the African American Community Partnership for Teach for America.

Before that, she was president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League.

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