Buzz: Berry graduate named Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow. Rome School Board meets this evening. Downtown Development meeting Thursday.

Buzz: Berry graduate named Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow. Rome School Board meets this evening. Downtown Development meeting Thursday.

Hannah Grice Tompkins

A Berry College graduate has been selected as a Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow for 2017. Hannah Grice Tompkins, a 2015 grad from Woodstock, is one of 63 teaching fellows chosen. The highly competitive national program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in STEM fields; science, technology, engineering and math, in order to prepare them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools. Each fellow receives $30,000 to pay for a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring. After graduating from Berry with a B.S. in environmental science with a biology concentration, Tompkins pursued a master’s degree in integrative biology at Kennesaw State University. She accepted a teaching assistantship at Kennesaw State where she taught Biology II labs through Spring 2017. Tompkins focused her master’s thesis research in aquatic ecology, specifically looking at differences in digestive morphology and gut microbiota in a species of minnow native to Northwest Georgia. She presented her research at two regional conferences and received awards for both her poster and oral presentations. “While I greatly enjoy doing research, I found teaching and mentoring young people to be even more rewarding,” Tompkins said. “I am now pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching at Georgia State in Secondary Science Education through the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship in the hopes of teaching high school biology at a high needs school in Georgia.” For more: http://woodrow.org/news/.

The monthly meeting of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority board is Thursday, Aug. 10,  in the Carnegie Training Room of the Carnegie Building, 607 Broad St. at 8:30 a.m.

Rome Board of Education meets this evening at 5:45 p.m.; the current agenda:

Opening Prayer
Pledge of Allegiance
1. Call to Order and Roll Call – Mrs. Faith Collins
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Approval of Financial and Other Reports
4. Public Recognition
5. Superintendent’s Report and Recommendations:
a. Personnel
b. Enrollment for 2017-2018
c. ELOST IV – Mr. Tim Williams
d. Other Items
6. Communications – None
7. Unfinished Business – None
8. New Business
a. Construction Manager At-Risk for new Main Elementary School Project – Mr. Tim Williams
b. 1:1 Second Grade Chromebook Purchase – Mr. Tim Williams
9. Adjournment

 

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