Mr. Ellis Wins Pratt & Whitney’s Inaugural STEM Education Grant!
On November 14th, Mr. Ellis’ science class at Rainey McCullers received a tremendous surprise. Pratt & Whitney awarded them with a $5000 STEM grant that included 10 I-PADS with cases and Apple Care warranties, 20 Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets and a three-year license for the mobile devices that will allow them to get apps through MCSD’s Volume Purchase Program. The students in Mr. Ellis’ science class were over the moon to have these tools to enhance their learning. Students in Mr. Ellis’ class enjoy learning science through music, drama, and art. He makes learning science exciting and uses technology to learning earth science a great adventure.
Mr. Ellis, known as the Big Bang Man to his students, is also a finalist in The Governor’s Innovation in Teaching Competition. The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes excellence in the classroom by rewarding Georgia’s exemplary educators and making examples of their practices available to Georgia’s teachers and leaders online. This year’s competition will focus on teachers that excel in one of the following priority areas: Blended Learning and Personalized Learning; Innovative Practice to Close the Achievement Gap; Language and Literacy; or STEAM Applied Learning. Mr. Ellis is a Harvard Fellow and was named a top-three finalist for MCSD’s Teacher of the Year in 2015.
Winners will receive; a $5,000 stipend for serving as a model educator, $10,000 grant to support innovative practices in his/her school, and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will film his/her classroom and make this video, along with his/her unit plan and supplementary materials, available online for other teachers.