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.