Tennessee Board of Education Visits Career Magnet Academy

Every time we are out recruiting at Knox County middle schools, we open the presentation by explaining why our mascot is the Grey Wolf. Last year’s freshman class chose the Grey Wolf because we consider ourselves the leaders of the pack. We are the first school of our kind in the state of Tennessee, and people are starting to notice! Yesterday we had a number of dignitaries in the building who consider CMA a pilot school of sorts for the state of Tennessee. Our scholars and teachers are trendsetters, and we’re happy to share our vision any time! Thanks to all in attendance (listed alphabetically):

  • Dr. Elizabeth Alves: Assistant Superintendent Curriculum & Instruction, Chief Academic Officer, Knox County Schools
  • Patti Bounds: School Board Representative
  • Teri Brahams: Business and Community Services PSCC, Executive Director
  • Harry Brooks: State Representative
  • Gloria Deathridge: School Board Representative
  • Bill Dunn: State Representative
  • Mike Edwards: President/CEO, Knoxville Chamber
  • Sydney Gabrielson: Student Board Representative
  • Sara Heyburn: Tennessee Board of Education, Executive Director
  • Terry Hill: School Board Representative
  • Dr. Jim McIntyre: Superintendent, Knox County Schools
  • Randy McNally: State Representative
  • Dr. Mike North: Campus Dean, PSCC at Strawberry Plains
  • Pat Riddle: Mechanical Engineering & Technology, Program Coordinator

A special shout out to our student ambassadors for welcoming our guests and guiding the tours (from left to right in the first picture below):

  • Taylor Stephens
  • Heidi Brady
  • Alaysia Dyer
  • Dareece Blue
  • Mackenzie Hunley

Read all about the visit in the Knoxville News Sentinel’s article in today’s paper, “State Board’s exec director Sara Heyburn tours Career Magnet Academy” (pictures below are excerpted from the article):

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Teacher Externships

Beardsley Farms

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Thursday, our faculty had the opportunity to visit Beardsley Community Farm. Beardsley is located at 1719 Reynolds Street and is an urban community farm that, in addition to donating food to the Family Crisis Center, Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and Western Heights Baptist Center, also educates the surrounding community on organic and sustainable urban gardening and provides tools and support to community members to assist them in growing their own food. We spent the first part of the morning touring the facility and asking questions and the latter part of the morning weeding the tomato beds.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

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Friday, we spent the morning touring Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. We started the day thinking that we would learn a lot about advanced manufacturing, and we did, but we also learned about teaching in the profession (Green Mtn does an extraordinary job educating, training, informing, and retaining their staff), sustainable living (Green Mtn is tackling the challenge of recyclable K-Cups and is constantly monitoring their environmental footprint), and homeland security (GMCR has to protect their product from any contamination–accidental or otherwise). After a year of learning and teaching our four career pathways (homeland security, advanced manufacturing, teaching as a profession, and sustainable living), we are still amazed at the extent to which the pathways are interconnected in all facets of industry.