Teacher Shadowing Day

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Teacher Shadowing Day – Feb. 21
Macon County Schools through the Golden Leaf Foundation grant provided funding for 12 teachers to shadow businesses in our community and learn more about how they might collaborate. This opportunity is designed to allow teachers to connect with business/industry in the community and learn more about possible partnerships and career connections.  The teachers had a great time and were very excited about the connections they made with the community.

Thank you to these businesses/organizations who participated.
Shaw Industry
Bascome-Louise Gallery
Entegra Bank
Drake Enterprise

We hope to do this again in the near future and would love to add to our list of sponsoring agencies.  Thank you also to Drake Enterprise for allowing us to meet at the Drake Education Center and providing breakfast (delicious food from Frogtown Market and Deli with beautiful flowers from April’s on Main) and snacks for us during our visit.


Shadow a Biologist Begins at Macon Early College

MEC students will be learning a little about careers in biology thanks to Mainspring Conservation Trust’s Jason Meador.  Nine students will be spending a few hours each month in the classroom and on field trip learning about stream quality assessments, research techniques, restoration projects and biodiversity in our rivers and streams.  The first trip was to Coweeta Hydrologic Lab in Otto, NC to learn about long-term research and the study of hydrology.  This program will give students a chance to understand what careers in biology might entail and help them see their biology curriculum put into practice.  The program will consist of 10 meetings from January through May 2018.  We hope to expand the program in the future to other careers and partner with other organizations and businesses.  Thank you Mainspring  and Coweeta Hydrologic Lab for your support of STEM in Macon County!

STEM School Tour

Macon County Schools participated in a STEM School Tour in Asheville at the Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery School.  The teachers took a tour of the school with students and met with teachers and administration to discuss professional development, schedules, and after-school activities available to their students.  Thank you to the students and teachers for taking the day to teach us about and show us a STEM Exemplar School.

Iotla Elementary STEM Parent Showcase

Iotla students showed their parents some STEMtastic activities they have been doing in school!  The students taught their parents how to use the Little Bits Engineering/NASA kits, build shadow puppets, and operate Sphero Robots through an obstacle course.  I don’t think the parents wanted to leave!

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Student Internship

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Student Internship
  • Internship is from June 18 –  July 26, 2018
  • Internship is paid, interns receive a $125 stipend each week
  • Schedule is typically Monday – Thursday8:00 am – 4:00 pm, although sometimes schedule changes are required due to the nature of the work.
  • Interns must be 16 years of age as of June 18, 2018 and not over 20 years of age (we do hire non-traditional students, hence the upper age restriction of 20 years of age)
  • We have funding to hire up to 10 interns from the counties surrounding Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • We are looking for students who have an interest in the natural sciences and the outdoors.  This internship is designed to expose students to the numerous career opportunities available in the National Park Service and other land management agencies, as well as to provide them with basic skills to secure additional internships and entry level jobs.  Interns will work with wildlife biologists, fisheries biologists, archaeologists, trail crew teams, natural and cultural resource educators, and fire management specialists to name just a few of the jobs interns will be exposed to during the internship.
  • Applications are due back to me via mail or email by Friday, April 6, 2018.
  • For application, please contact Jennifer Love at or call 828-524-3314

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