The Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc., Occupational Needs Assessment emphasizes the importance of having STEM-literate students to meet current and future workforce needs within our region and to provide a basis for continued economic growth and prosperity. A STEM-literate and competent student is able to be successful in a variety of fields, but particularly in Southwest Central Indiana’s three primary sectors of advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense.

To support elementary educators in developing STEM teaching and leadership skills, ROI has created a STEM Fellows initiative to build a network of skilled educators throughout Southwest Central Indiana.

The initiative develops leaders and STEM experts who will:

  • Provide support to colleagues
  • Model innovative STEM lessons
  • Design and complete a community project
  • Participate in professional development activities focused on experiential learning, engineering design process, project-based learning, coding and other relevant topics
  • Be a part of a regional STEM teacher leader network.

Fellows are expected to commit to being at the same school for two years, to serve as a STEMbassador to peers in the second year, and to attend all professional development throughout the year. STEM Fellows will be exposed to a variety of regional industry and the types of STEM skills needed for career success and will also receive a $2,500 stipend the first year and relevant supporting STEM resources and materials.

The first cohort of STEM Fellows includes 15 teachers from 10 Southwest Central Indiana school districts:

Teacher School County
Angie Bault McCormick’s Creek Elementary Owen
Mandy Buskirk Eastern Greene Elementary Greene
Brenda Ely Helmsburg Elementary Brown
Jackie Emberton Burris Elementary Lawrence
Lisa Emmick North Elementary Daviess
Jacob Graham White River Valley Middle Greene
Amanda Henry Edgewood Primary Monroe
Emily Johnson Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary Washington
Apryl Kidd Hatfield Elementary Lawrence
Tracie McAtee Loogootee Middle Martin
Jaime Miller Edgewood Intermediate Monroe
Lisa Norman Spencer Elementary Owen
Eddie Pierce Grandview Elementary Monroe
Jill Toy Loogootee Elementary Martin
Tara Weisheit Veale Elementary Daviess

Nominations for Cohort 2 will be open in Spring of 2018.

Questions? Contact Michi McClaine, Assistant Director for Education Initiatives, mmcclaine@swcindiana.org or (812) 287-8116 ext. 113.

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