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July 25, 2017 • pef-staff

Teacherpreneur 4.0 launches this Sunday

Teacherpreneur 4.0 launches this Sunday
Community invited to Pitch Night to hear teachers share their visions for transforming education

After a competitive application process, 22 teachers from 16 Hamilton County public schools had their ideas selected for inclusion in the Teacherpreneur Incubator. They will spend this weekend at an intensive 48Hour Launch, culminating in a public Pitch Night. The community is invited to hear these pitches and celebrate this group of innovative educators on Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 pm at the Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. General admission is free, but audience members must register online at teacherpreneurcha.com, as space is limited.

The Teacherpreneur Incubator is a truly unique leadership initiative offering educators the support, time and space to launch big ideas in the best interests of our students, schools, communities and the teaching profession. PEF and the Hamilton County Department of Education are collaborating with the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation and CO.LAB, with additional support from Locals Only Merch and the Chambliss Startup Group, on this innovative approach to engaging and empowering area teachers.

In May, HCDE teachers submitted almost 40 of proposals to the Teacherpreneur Incubator. Those proposals were narrowed to the 17 teams who will enter the Teacherpreneur 48Hour Launch, where educators will receive feedback, support and encouragement from entrepreneurs, mentors and community members throughout the weekend. The 48Hour Launch will be hosted at the Edney Innovation Center. Volunteers are welcome to attend.

On Sunday, July 30, the Launch culminates with educators pitching their ideas to a panel of judges at the Granfalloon. Projects will be chosen to receive funding and the on-going support to take ideas from concept to classroom; in addition, the top three project teams will receive prize money, as will a crowd-favorite voted on by the audience. VIP seats are $25. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available during the event.

Michael Stone, PEF Director of Innovative Learning says, “We are always blown away by the community support for Teacherpreneur – we’re lucky to work with educators like these every day, but this is an incredible opportunity for the public to see the kinds of innovative professionals we have in every school in Hamilton County. With ideas ranging from a drone-racing course to a digital badging application to a bi-lingual guide to elementary math, we’re excited to see this year’s cohort take the stage!”

This year’s Teacherpreneur competitors include: Beth Wilson (Red Bank Elementary); Chris Cooper (Ooltewah Middle School); Colby Williams (East Hamilton High School); Dan Basler (Lookout Valley Middle/High School); Danielle Morgan Hooper (Central High School); Marie Dean (Brainerd High School); Lisa Blakely (Big Ridge Elementary) and Genise Fletcher (Tyner Academy), Magan Lampard (Wolftever Creek Elementary) and Sue Williamson (STEM School); Mary Manning, Drew Akins and James Stone (Red Bank High School); Matthew Craig (Red Bank Middle and High School); Mendi Catlett (Harrison Elementary); Olivia Bagby (Red Bank High School); Sara Durst (East Lake Elementary); Sara Southard (Harrison Elementary); Shannon Seigle (STEM School Chattanooga); Shela Brazeale and Jim Snyder (Central High School); and Tara Tharp (Signal Mountain Middle/High School).