School is out but a teacher’s job is never done. Two Central Elementary teachers were among 64 total teachers celebrated this past Friday, June 29, for nearing their completion of SOARSTEM.
Offered through Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, SOARSTEM is an initiative to create transformational change by creating a workforce ready for high skill and wage jobs in Eastern Kentucky. Over the last three years, the program has helped teachers complete their master’s degree and obtain their National Board and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) certifications through Project Lead the Way [dataispower.org]. For CES teachers Olivia Holstein and Sheila Mills, this meant giving up incalculable amounts of their personal time, including their summers.
“These dedicated teachers have given up weekends, vacation and extensive time with family and friends for over three years to complete the hard work necessary for this degree and two certifications,” applauded Rodney Hitch, Manager of Economic Development for Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.
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