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Canton Elementary School STEM Academy has won the 2016 Georgia STEM Education Award for Elementary Schools!
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and TAG Education Collaborative present annual awards to recognize “outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Georgia” including one award to the most outstanding Elementary School for STEM education.
This win, which was announced and presented during the STEM Education Awards ceremony on Friday at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, follows Canton ES STEM Academy’s recognition last year as a finalist for a 2015 Georgia STEM Education Award. Canton Elementary School STEM Academy is one of six Cherokee Academies in CCSD, a Nationally recognized innovative school choice program.
“Congratulations to Canton Elementary School STEM Academy on this outstanding accomplishment recognizing it as a model of excellence for the State,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “This award recognizes significant work on the part of our teachers and leaders, as well as by students, families, volunteers and partners. We’re especially proud to see a Title I school with many students whose parents speak English as a second language and/or who struggle financially receive such acclaim for the opportunities provided to every student. The lesson plans and best practices incubated at this school are shared with staff throughout our School District and State.”
Principal Beth Long, STEM Education Specialist Dr. Judy Wright and STEM Program Coordinator Emma Griffin attended on behalf of the school; STEM Education Specialist David Cornn was unable to attend. They were joined by Peter Gleichman of the Rotary Club of Canton, the school’s Partner in Education of the Year, which has provided significant financial and volunteer support to enhance the school’s STEM resources including construction of an AGUA Lab aquaponics lab and media center Makerspace.
“High-tech careers are some of the most in-demand and highest paying jobs in our country and the anticipated shortage of employees is staggering,” said Amanda Hendley, Chief Operating Officer for TAG. “Our 2016 STEM Education Award winners are the best of the best and are making a major impact on workforce development in Georgia.”
In addition to Canton ES STEM Academy receiving the Elementary School Award at Friday’s ceremony, Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy was recognized as a finalist for the STEM Certified School Outreach Award.
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members; TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia.
Canton ES STEM Academy will be recognized for its achievement by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the Dec. 1 School Board Meeting.