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March 26, 2014

Brookwood’s Ramsey STEM institute fellow

THOMASVILLE — Leigh Anne Ramsey, a math and science teacher at Brookwood School, has been chosen as a Siemens STEM Institute Fellow to attend the Siemens STEM Institute at the Discovery Communications headquarters outside of Washington, D.C., in August.

“Leigh Anne is one of 50 teachers in the United States chosen to participate in this institute,” said Brookwood Middle School Director Raina Cauley. “Thousands of applicants submitted essays, videos and letters of recommendation to be selected for one of the coveted spots.”

Institute Fellows will be exposed to leading scientists, thought-leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today.

“The week will be filled with guest speakers at the forefront of STEM, field trips to leading institutions where Fellows will observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and opportunities for networking and collaborating with peers from across the nation,” Cauley added.

The acronym “STEM” refers to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“I am really eager to learn more STEM classroom applications from such a prominent engineering entity,” Ramsey said. “This is really going to be a valuable internship.”

Brookwood will open its first STEM Lab in the next school year for Lower School students, followed by a Middle School STEM Lab in 2015 and, finally, an Algebra Academy for Middle School students.

Ramsey joined with other teachers this year in coaching Brookwood’s first teams to compete in the state’s Math Counts and Odyssey of the Mind competitions.

“Leigh Anne is particularly deft in her use of the versatile Smart Board to enhance her math and science classes every day,” said Ann Larson, Brookwood’s teacher mentor. “To vary the learning process, she also employs the ‘flipped classroom,’ which involves producing a lesson for students to study online and be ready to discuss the next day.”

The advance lesson includes a video Ramsey records of her narrating the solution to various problems as she works them out on a tablet.

The benefit of these “podcasts” is that students can watch the video numerous times, pausing and rewinding particularly challenging sections, while also listening to her explanation of the process, using little tips and mnemonics — memory aids — she has already used in the classroom teaching arena.

With a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004 and a master’s in teaching secondary mathematics from Kennesaw State University in 2011, Ramsey is in her second year as a Brookwood faculty member.

She and her husband Brad Ramsey are the parents of a kindergartener, Halle, and a second grader, Avery, both students at Brookwood.

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