At a gathering of students, teachers, parents, and special guests in the school cafeteria, State School Superintendent Richard Woods presented Tritt Elementary with an official STEM certification banner. This achievement represented a five-year effort by the administration and staff to not only enhance instruction and stretch the teaching and learning process but also required individual professional development and differentiated teacher certification to implement.
“Congratulations to everyone here at Tritt for becoming one of just a handful of schools throughout the state of Georgia to receive STEM certification,” said Woods. “The students here at Tritt will have opportunities they can’t even fully understand at present.”
STEM education programs in Cobb County seek to cultivate problem solvers through problem-based learning and critical thinking engagement within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students create, design, build, discover, and collaborate while developing contextual connections among school, community, work, and the global environment.
Principal Tricia Patterson introduced the special guests which included: (below l-r) State Board of Education Member Scott Johnson, Georgia DOE Representative Kenneth Linsley, Tritt Assistant Principal Kendall Keesling, CCSD STEM & Innovation Supervisor Sally Creel, CCSD Assistant Superintendent (Elementary) Sherri Hill, CCSD Board Member David Banks, CCSD Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, and State Superintendent Woods.
CCSD Superintendent Ragsdale added his congratulations and reminded everyone that the real journey is just beginning. “When you look at today’s workforce, it is easy to see the importance of STEM jobs in our economy, and there is a great need for people to fill these positions. The foundation that is being laid here at Tritt will serve both the individual and the community in the years to come.”
After posing with the new banner, Principal Patterson remarked, “Now that Tritt is STEM certified, we look forward to future collaboration with business partners and community members to enhance the learning experience for our students. We plan to collaborate with STARBASE at Dobbins Air Reserve Base as well as our ‘STEM Stars’ who are professionals right here in our own community and around the world who are already excelling in their STEM-based occupations. We are so excited and proud of everyone involved.”