Carrollton Elementary School teacher Tracey Cleek was honored along with 22 other Georgia teachers across the state by the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers. As a part of this special recognition, Cleek will receive a $500 grant to purchase STEM education materials for her classroom.
GYSTC is a private, not-for-profit educational organization designed to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as subjects for serious study for K-8 grade levels teachers and students. It is headquartered at Kennesaw State University with regional centers and programs across the state.
“This outstanding group of educators was chosen for their thoughtful engagement with their students which, over the last year, resulted in imaginative classroom lessons that taught and supported science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education,” said GYSTC Executive Director Betsy Green.
Cleek was recognized for her involvement in the Carrollton City Schools “STREAM” initiative, created through a partnership with the stream restoration environmental firm CS Britton Inc. Cleek and other teachers developed real-world learning experiences using Buffalo Creek that runs through campus as a classroom, teaching students about plants, wildlife, and the human impact on the natural environment. She also was instrumental in the formation of the school’s bird club and this work led to the installation of a Georgia Audubon bird garden earlier this month.
CES Principal Kylie Carroll said Cleek’s enthusiasm, coupled with creativity, produces excited, engaged kindergartners who always want to learn more.
“Ms. Cleek is a passionate educator,” said Carroll. “She creates magic for students through her enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Ms. Cleek takes pride in continuing to learn and grow. As a result, her students share the same desire to reach their highest potential!”