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The STEM Fellows program is an annual cohort of Southeast Tennessee educators from across the region who engage in a year of professional development activities focused on STEM best practices. These teachers become STEM leaders for their schools and districts.  Over the course of the year, members of the cohort receive training and coaching on best practices in problem-based learning, inquiry teaching, cross-curriculum integration and technology integration.

Working with leaders from business and post-secondary education, the fellows develop STEM lessons and projects for immediate implementation in the classroom. Exposure to innovative instructional strategies and classroom tools provides them with resources and ideas for their students and fellow colleagues.


  • Attend the 3 full-days of summer professional development (June 2023

  • Attend 4 full-day workshops during the school year (dates TBD)

  • Complete a job shadow with a regional STEM business during the Fall semester

  • Lead a STEM-focused community project (e.g. Family STEM Night, partnership event, etc)



  • STEM Fellows receive a stipend to recognize their time and dedication to learning

  • Travel assistance is available to our regional STEM Fellows traveling further than 60 miles

  • Access to curricular materials, resources, and supplies

  • Ongoing coaching and support from Innovation Hub and other STEM Fellows

  • Alumni gain access to the STEM Fellows Alumni Network



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Questions?  Contact Cliff Brittingham at or 423.648.4448

Congratulations to PEF STEM Fellows 9.0 (2020-2022)

  • ​Molly Anderson, DuPont Elementary

  • Nickey Ankar, Lookout Valley Elementary

  • Justin Black, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts

  • Owen Bogolin, Orchard Knob Middle

  • Allison Bynum, Charleston Elementary STEAM Academy

  • Dana Carmody, Westview Elementary

  • Megan Cobb, East Ridge Elementary

  • Scott Dent, Sale Creek Middle/High

  • Lauren Denton, Red Bank Elementary

  • Lisa Dunn, Sale Creek Middle/High

  • Nicole Dyer, East Ridge High

  • Haley Graham, Westview Elementary

  • Lauren Hagan, Hixson Middle

  • Quailla Hatcher, Bess T. Shepherd

  • Lory Heron, STEM School Chattanooga

  • Samantha Jones, Middle Valley Elementary

  • Patti Jones, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts

  • Jasmine Montgomery, Tyner Academy

  • Olivia Myers, Big Ridge Elementary

  • Henry Oston, Tyner Academy

  • Symone Pryce, Brainerd High

  • Tara Rollins, CCA / STEM School Chattanooga

  • Karen Schmidt, Big Ridge Elementary

  • Angela Shaver, Rhea County High

  • Dara Smiley-Lacy, Lookout Valley Elementary

  • Julie Spino, McConnell Elementary

  • Rhonda Taylor, Soddy Daisy Middle

  • Jamika Walker, Spring Creek Elementary

  • Nicole Webb, Westview Elementary

  • Melody Wilkerson, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts

Special Thanks to our STEM Fellows Partners

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