During the special recognition segment, Monticello Elementary Teacher Tammye Sumpter brought some of her students from each grade to share their science projects with the board of education.
Sumpter is like most experienced educators. She has changed hats several times, as her career has progressed. After moving to Monticello in 1996 from Newport, Rhode Island, she started working with the Wayne County School District at Bell Elementary. She started her first two years as an aide and was then hired to teach Art. She taught Art for 14 years, with three of those years adding Practical Living skills to her curriculum. Upon the consolidation of Monticello and Wayne County Schools and Program Review, she became the Practical Living/Career Studies instructor for three years. Then two years ago, she was given the opportunity to instruct Project Launch, which is the elementary version of Project Lead the Way. These are science modules that use computer science and engineering. She participated in training at the University of Kentucky to get certified to teach these STEM related units.
Students really enjoy her labs, creating all kinds of projects. This curriculum is extremely important in that it is aligned to the National and State Standards, and to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Sumpter said, “Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see the students working together and enjoying what they are learning” which is obvious every time you walk into her classroom.
The 3rd grade module is "Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions" and Kamryn Stringer demonstrated her project. The 4th grade module is "Energy: Collisions" and Haylee Huff, Maria Hicks and Sara Crabtree explained how that module works. The 5th grade module is "Robotics and Automation" and was explained by Shelby Gregory, Noah Sexton, and Ethan Sloan.
Haylee Huff, Maria Hicks and Sara Crabtree explained how their module works
Tammye Sumpter and her students demonstrate their project
The 5th grade module is "Robotics and Automation" and was explained by Shelby Gregory, Noah Sexton, and Ethan Sloan
Wayne Couny-Monticello Elementary's outstanfing students