PEP Funds Six STEAM Projects and Awards the Inaugural Mullins Grant for Quality Teaching
Greenville, S.C. – Public Education Partners (PEP) recently awarded $15,000 to fund the second year of the Building STEAM grant and the inaugural Mullins Grant for Quality Teaching.
“PEP’s Quality Teaching grants, which include the Building STEAM grants and the Mullins grant, are investments in Greenville’s teachers,” said Dr. Ansel Sanders, PEP’s President and CEO. “They are designed to ensure teachers and schools have access to the resources needed to introduce innovation in the classroom and retain great teacher talent.”
The Building STEAM grant supports projects that incorporate aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and/or mathematics (STEAM). This year, six, teacher-submitted projects representing elementary, middle and high schools across Greenville County were selected. The winning Building STEAM submissions are:
- “4 STEAM Ahead – Building Up to Break Down” by Kimberly Gregory: Dunbar Child Development Center, Principal Joan Britton
- “5th Grade Escape Engineers” by Daniele Syznal: Oakview Elementary School, Principal Dr. Phillip Reavis
- “Seal STEAM Stations on the Move” by Jennifer King and Leah Stafford: Simpsonville Elementary School, Principal Jackie Earle
- “Making KNEX-tions” by Jennifer Blankenship: Bryson Middle School, Principal Dr. Adrienne Davenport
- “Future City” by Sara Tuttle: Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, Principal Jane Garraux
- “Building a Better Dispenser and Delivery System” by Daniel Wilkie: Woodmont High School, Principal Darryl Imperati
“I saw great potential in PEP working with teachers in the STEAM field, giving them the resources they need, and helping them to professionally develop,” said Dr. John Kaup, chair-elect of PEP’s Board of Directors and head of the grant committee. “So this work with the teaching quality committee looks at how we raise the profession, enhance the profession, and the whole spectrum of how we do better recruiting teachers, how we support them, and advocate for them.”
The Mullins Grant for Quality Teaching supports schools as they create and pursue school-wide efforts to increase the likelihood of teachers returning to the same teaching site the following year. The winning submission for the Mullins Grant for Quality Teaching is the “Mindfulness Program,” submitted by Grove Elementary and Principal Debbie Bauer.
“We are a Title 1 school, 100% of our students are free breakfast and free lunch, and they bring to school high levels of stress, high levels of need,” said Bauer. “It’s really vital for our teachers to understand how to help children deal with this kind of stress, that they live with every day, and that’s what this program works to achieve.”
For more information on Building STEAM, the Mullins grant, and other PEP initiatives, or to get involved, call 864-233-4137, visit pepgc.org or find us on social media @PEPGreenville.