Alice Drive Middle School
40 Miller Road
Sumter, SC 29150
(803) 775-0821 phone
(803) 778-2929 fax
2016-17 Teach To Lead Initiative
Alice Drive Middle School, a nationally certified Science, Technology, Engineering and Math school, has been selected as one of 12 schools in the nation, and the only one in South Carolina, to participate in the 2016-17 Teach to Lead initiative. The initiative is a national program that recognizes and advances “groundbreaking teacher-led work happening across the country,” according to www.teachtolead.org.
The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, according to the website. Teacher Leadership Summits are two-day workshops that involve turning educators’ ideas into action plans. As part of the program, five educators from ADM will attend and present at a teacher leadership summit in late September in Long Begach, California. The team will present on its proposal, called “STEM 2.0: Taking our Nationally Certified STEM Program to the Next Level.” The program will be led by Trevor Ivey, the school’s assistant principal, and four of the school’s lead teachers: Christine Shuler, seventh-grade English language arts and STEM teacher; Stephanie Barrineau, instructional coach; Leslie Lloyd, eighth-grade social studies and STEM teacher; and Cindy Parker, sixth-grade math and Project Lead the Way teacher.
Under the leadership of Jeannie Pressley, the school’s goal is to engage all students in a STEM-based education, Ivey said. “Creating a culture of collaboration, global connections and STEM-related partnerships to prepare students to be high school ready is the focus of its data-driven teacher leadership teams,” Ivey said. As part of the school’s block scheduling, all students receive the opportunity to engage in STEM-specific classes and explore project-based learning through their core classes.