STEAM is defined as “Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements”, and is an interdisciplinary, contextual teaching and learning method. Its purpose is to provide students with an adaptable, reality-based, hands-on education that encourages personal growth and global development.
This first-ever state certification follows a comprehensive evaluation by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). During their March 15 site visit, the GaDOE conducted an extensive review that included classroom observations and in-depth interviews with students, staff, parents, community members, and business partners.
Henderson Mill will receive formal recognition in a soon-to-be-announced ceremony featuring State Superintendent of Schools, Richard Woods. The certification is very meaningful according to Mitch Green, Henderson Mill Elementary principal.
“We are thrilled and honored to be named the first-ever STEAM-certified school in Georgia. Henderson Mill has fantastic leadership at all levels. It was through the efforts of a committed and dedicated staff coupled with tremendous parent support and outstanding partners from the business community that we were able to achieve these incredible improvements in instruction.” Green said. “We strive to do the best we can for our students, and we are headed in the right direction.”