Brandee Bridges spent 20 years as a teacher in her home state of Mississippi and she says she’s familiar with “one to one” technology teaching. But she’s quick to add that when she started at Holston Innovation Academy STEM School in Sullivan County she realized her true calling.
Bridges teaches 7th and 8th grade at Innovation Academy. On this day, it’s Project day. Seventh-grade students are in groups developing a plan for sustainable energy in the Tri-Cities.
Over 100 students grades 6 through 8 are enrolled in this unique learning environment. Because all four subjects, Math. Science, English, and History are wrapped into the STEM format, she says it’s that much more rewarding to watch them learn and grow as they get ready for high school.
“They are their own unique beasts and you never know what’s going to happen. But the great thing is when they come to you in 7th grade they are so moldable. And when they leave you in 8th grade they have completely transitioned into this young adult and they’re are ready for high school. It’s amazing to see the changes in 2 years,’ said Bridges
to Brandee Bridges. She’s this week‘s Educator of the Week.
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