Central Middle School has been named a National STEM Certified Campus by the National Institute for STEM Education making a total of 11 Carroll County Schools campuses with the distinction.
NISE-certified STEM campuses have implemented 21st-century learning and strategies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics that transform school culture and maximize student achievement. Only 2 percent of schools in the nation are nationally STEM certified.
In addition to CMS becoming a NISE National STEM Campus, five CMS teachers also earned their individual STEM certification: Deann Duffey, Cody Campbell, Nicole Fountain, Brittany Maddox and Catherine Moody. Also, Principal Colleen Jones and Assistant Principals Maggie Bonner and Jeremiah Yates are National STEM certified administrators.
“STEM education is a priority in Carroll County,” Carroll County Schools Superintendent Scott Cowart said. “We emphasize future-focused thinking and skills at all of our schools, and STEM concepts are a great way to teach students to be goal oriented and have a growth mindset. STEM practices are a strong foundation to create lifelong learners.”
CMS is also district STEM certified, under a process only three school systems in Georgia utilize. Seventeen Carroll County Schools campuses have district STEM certification.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the top 2 percent of schools in the nation that hold the distinction of being a National STEM School. It is a reflection of the daily effort, energy, and imagination our teachers pour into their classrooms,” CMS Principal Colleen Jones said. “The dedication of the Central Middle teachers to offer instruction that is engaging, collaborative, and 21st century is a testament to the success of the school as a whole. I am proud of the work being done at CMS and the success that will follow as we continue to innovate and teach in ways that prepare students for the future.”
Carroll County Schools continues to be a leader in STEM education with 18 District STEM certified schools, 11 Nationally STEM certified schools, and 1 Internationally STEM certified elementary school. Carroll County School System is one of only three districts in Georgia to have a District STEM certification process and the only system in the state with a STEAM certification process.