Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Named Microsoft Showcase School!

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Named Microsoft Showcase School!

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy is again being celebrated as a global leader in leveraging technology to improve teaching and learning!

Showcase Schools logoThe school has been selected by Microsoft as a 2017-2018 Microsoft Showcase School in recognition of its successes in integrating educational technology in the classroom to the benefit of both students and teachers. Only 27 schools nationwide were selected as Showcase Schools!

“We’re so proud of Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy and its teachers and staff for embracing these powerful tools to increase student success in the classroom and prepare them for college and career readiness,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Technology doesn’t replace a gifted and dedicated teacher, but it’s a valuable resource for guiding innovation and exploring new ways to help students learn.”

Showcase Schools receive access to special resources and benefits from Microsoft and are tapped to share their transformational educational practices with other schools.

Principal Donna Bertram and teacher Lauren Pittman, a Microsoft Innovation Education Expert, will be recognized for their roles in achieving this honor by the Superintendent and School Board at the Jan. 18 School Board meeting.

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy during the 2014-15 school year became the first whole school ever to be Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) certified, and the following year was selected for the Showcase. In May, Ms. Pittman and her students were featured in an international Microsoft campaign promoting its educational products and their positive impact on teaching and learning.


CCSD Teacher, Students Featured in Microsoft National Commercial

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A Cherokee County School District teacher and her students are featured in a national commercial for Microsoft!

The commercial, which was launched today by MicrosoftEdu at its “Learn What’s Next” media conference and online with broadcast to begin on major TV networks this week, features Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy teacher Lauren Pittman and her class.

Lauren Pittman

Ms. Pittman, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, is recognized for her use of the company’s learning tools to help struggling readers succeed, and the commercial features students sharing their stories of academic triumph.

“Our community knows how inspiring our teachers are and how we’re leaders in using instructional technology to educate the emerging generation… thanks to the outstanding work of Ms. Pittman and her students, now the world will know, too,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We appreciate our community’s support of our Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for technology, and we’ll continue to invest those resources to, as the commercial says, ‘empower us all.’”

Link to commercial: https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/859403893242855425


CCSD Educators Selected as MIE Experts

The Cherokee County School District is congratulating nine more of its educators named Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts!

Microsoft MIE ExpertBobby Blount, CCSD Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Information Services; Sixes ES Principal Cindy Crews; Indian Knoll ES Media Specialist Jennifer Lewis; Teasley MS teacher Tammy Lafoon; Woodstock ES teacher Caitlin Crews; CCSD Technology Project Specialist Freda Williams and Instructional Technology Specialists Jim Berry, Susan Dreschel and Lee Patti are joining 4,800 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide.

Recognized as global leaders in using technology to transform education, MIE Experts are selected by Microsoft to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.

Bobby Blount

Assistant Superintendent Bobby Blount

“Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of educators applying new ways of teaching and learning in their classrooms that motivate students and empower them to achieve more,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “We celebrate and support the work they do every day!”

Eleven CCSD employees previously named MIE Experts also were invited by Microsoft to continue in the program: Sandi Adams, Jessica Hemphill, Stephanie Gauthier, Dianne Steinbeck, Lauren Pittman, Karina Bailey, Julie Key, Kimberley Forrester, Lee Coker, Lisa Lougheed and Merry Willis.

Cindy Crews

Principal Cindy Crews

The new MIE Experts will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the Oct. 13 meeting of School Board.