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JPS CESTEME Teachers Present Model Lessons at National Conference 
December 23, 2013


CESTEME Teachers from Jackson Public Schools

(From left) Sonya Evans, Northwest Middle; Ebonie Butler, Wingfield High; and Tammy Cox, Provine High

Three JPS biology teachers represented the school district well at the National Association of Biology Teachers Conference. Ebonie Butler, Tammy Cox, and Sonya Evans presented at the conference, which draws thousands of science teachers a year. This year, the 75th annual conference was held in Atlanta, Ga.

Through their session called, “WOW Biology XV,” the teachers shared inexpensive and fun ways to enrich biology classes. It was attended by teachers from all over the country. Most attendees agreed that the literacy activities and review games were exactly what they needed to liven up their classrooms.

Butler and Cox are members of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education (CESTEME). This is a grant-funded partnership between Jackson State University, Hinds Community College, and Jackson Public Schools. It seeks to increase STEM interest and abilities of high school students.