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Alumna Leads Atlanta’s First STEM-Certified School

March 2017

woolfolkM. Agnes Jones Elementary School, led by principal Margul Retha Woolfolk, C’82, recently became the first school in the Atlanta Public Schools district awarded certification in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by the Georgia Department of Education.

Georgia’s STEM certification recognizes schools that show evidence of a rigorous, hands-on, project-based curriculum, teacher collaboration, strong community partnerships and high levels of math and science instruction.

Jones Elementary, located near the Atlanta University Center, serves 533 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. To improve student outcomes, Woolfolk and her team focus on instilling strong critical-thinking skills and STEM knowledge. With support from community partners, including Spelman’s Bonner Scholars, Jones’ students receive educational enrichment in science, mathematics, environmental issues, aquaponics, hydroponics and urban farming.

Spelman volunteers work with the after-school science club and weekly Math Master’s club, engaging students in hands-on STEM experiments and projects.

“Being recognized as a Georgia Department of Education STEM-certified school helps our students, teachers and community become confident in knowing that our daily efforts put students in a position to one day compete globally,” Woolfolk said.