DeKalb County’s Henderson Mill Elementary Earns STEM Certification

L to R: Brad Bryant, General Counsel with DOE, Dr. Rebecca Jackson, Principal, and Dr. Michael Buck, Chief Academic Officer with the DOE hold the award banner.

Henderson Mill Elementary was presented with their official STEM certification in a celebration at the school on October 31st.  Dr. Michael Buck, Chief Academic Officer for the Georgia Department of Education, led the dedication to the students, faculty, community members, and business partners, all of whom worked hard to help HMES receive this distinguished title.

“We have learned that the beauty of a STEM-focused education is that it allows for more student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. For me, it is a dream realized. My philosophy of education has always been Learn by Doing, and this indeed is what Henderson Mill Elementary students are doing every single day!” Principal Dr. Rebecca Jackson

The STEM program at Henderson Mill Elementary focuses on a cross-curricular, critical thinking approach to incorporate STEM into all content areas. They offer the students opportunities to participate in unique programs such as Engineering is Elementary, Small Fry to Go, a school-wide garden, and LEGO Build to Express, along with incorporating STEM concepts with the common core standards. In addition, the school has many influential business partners to help support the STEM program. Awards were given by Northrup Grumman and the Atlanta Hawks Foundation to help build the school garden and support the Small Fry to Go program. AMEC Engineering of Tucker designed and built a one of a kind rain collection system for the school gardens. These partners also volunteer their time at Math and Science Nights, and offer staff professional development. The school has a STEM Lab that includes renovations donated by Haworth Office Furniture, Office Images, and Synergy. They also have an outdoor classroom built by parents. The parents help support the school through PTA and a Foundation whose mission is to fund STEM related activities. Read more about Henderson Mill Elementary School


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