2023 Mini-Grant Recipients

Following is a list of teachers and schools who were selected to receive one of UCOR’s 2023 STEM Education Mini-Grants. In 2023, UCOR awarded 36 mini-grants across 29 schools totaling $40,000 for STEM-related activities (listed by county):


  • Ashlyn Jarnigan, Claxton Elementary School, STEM activities for ELL students and families
  • Shana Readel, Claxton Elementary School, A Secondary-Inspired Approach to STEM Education


  • Tiffany Logsdon, Wynn Habersham Elementary, Creating a STEAM inspired classroom
  • Jessica Moore, Wynn Habersham Elementary, Promoting brain stimulation during active learning

Clinton City

  • Lorrie Irwin, North Clinton Elementary School, STEM-tacular Summer School


  • Susan Ehrenclou, Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, Outdoor Project-Based Learning Toolkit
  • Jessica Everitt, Hardin Valley Elementary School, Forging our Future
  • Morgan Everett, Halls High School, Red Nation Robotics
  • Timothy Green, Farragut High School, From seed to plate: using ecosystem dynamics to teach social/emotional learning
  • Lev Gross-Comstock, Knoxville Jewish Day School, Experiencing Sound Energy
  • Katie Lusk, Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, Building Engineers Through Play
  • Katie Lusk, Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, Detectives in the Woods
  • Dawn Stacy, Brickey-McCloud School, Engineering Task Centers
  • Elizabeth Stewart, Farragut Primary School, Hands On, Minds On: Robotics for Young Learners
  • Chasity VanBlaricum, Shannondale Elementary School, “Code” The Places You Will Go
  • Miriam Esther Wilhelm & Louise Lindsay, Knoxville Jewish Day School, Age old customs celebrated with modern technology


  • Jeana Gray, Fort Loudon Middle School, Makers Making a Difference: Assistive Technology Makerspace
  • Haley Pope, North Middle School, Starting a Makerspace: 3D Printer in the Library

Maryville City

  • Andrew Hebert, Maryville Junior High School, Start Your Engines


  • Margie Branstetter, Petros Joyner School, Growing Good Character with STEM
  • Charles Hutson, Sunbright School, GPS Technology in Applied Sciences
  • Amy Jones, Sunbright School, Robotics and Coding in Middle School
  • Erin Miller, Oakdale School, STEM Buddies

Oak Ridge City

  • Amelia Bell, with Maddie Middleton, Glenwood Elementary School, Beyond the Water Cycle: The Power of Water in Our World
  • Lisa Buckner, Linden Elementary School, Spiking Creativity with LEGO Spike Robots
  • Mark Buckner, Oak Ridge High School, Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturing Innovators!
  • Janie Shanafield, with Theresa Davis and Lexie Scott, Jefferson Middle School, Build Bigger


  • Kevin Clinton, Midway Middle School, Codrones
  • Becky Efferson, Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Adding Boxlight to our STEM LAB
  • Becky Efferson, Dyllis Springs Elementary School, STEM Based Learning Tubs
  • Carly Harrison, Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Let’s Start our Day in a STEM-tastic way!
  • Briley Johnson, Midtown Elementary School, Bringing the Weather to Us
  • Jason Young, Roane County High School, Adding beauty and pride to our school. (Civil Engineering – School Landscaping Project)


  • Joy Perry, Huntsville Middle School, As a MATTER of fact: let’s investigate


  • Sarah Maness, Horace Maynard Middle School, Be Leaders with Bee Bots
  • Jennifer Smith, Big Ridge Elementary School, Engineering with Robots