From Live Thrive’s experience with Kids Day, hosting school field trips at CHaRM and attending career days for local schools, we have recognized a need for additional funding for STE(A)M programs within the schools. Many local public school systems that have chosen to become STE(A)M certified through the state of Georgia are in need of additional resources and funding to complete certification.
Live Thrive’s STE(A)M grants will provide funding for supplies, professional development to expand teacher knowledge base and additional staffing, as needed. We are working with a committee of public school teachers, STE(A)M coordinators and sustainability educators to determine how funds are allocated. Live Thrive will serve as a non-profit partner and assist with other partnerships if needed.
We have met our maximum number of applications for this quarter. The next round of applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2024 and will be announced by the end of March 2024.
Live Thrive’s STE(A)M Educator Advisory Board
Victoria Frangoulis-Sloane is a lifelong educator, advocate and gardener. She began her career as a teacher in 2005, working at public Title 1 schools for 10 years where she taught grades 1-4. After joining the Westminster Schools in 2014, she led classes in grades 1-5. Currently, she is a 2nd and 3rd grade science teacher and teaches 2nd grade Design Thinking. “I love teaching design thinking because empathy is at the heart of it,” she says, “We’re not just teaching them to be good students, but also empathetic people. Empathy is the path to solving the world’s problems.”
Victoria is also the founder and co-chair of her lower school’s Green Team, mentoring teachers and students to make greener choices.
When she’s not at school, you can find her in her garden, tackling home projects, learning to paint, at the local improv theater, or in one of Atlanta’s famous lantern parades. She has two dogs and a husband, only one of whom doesn’t shed on the couch.
Stephanie Shumacher has been working as an elementary teacher for the past 14 years. Her experience includes working as a 5th grade math and science teacher, serving the gifted students, and as the STEAM Lab teacher. Prior to working as a public-school teacher, she worked as an environmental education teacher in a variety of settings including Mote Marine Laboratory, Bear Hollow Zoo, and with the Georgia 4-H program.
This past year Stephanie has been leading the team at Mary Lin Elementary as they pursue their STEAM Certification through the Georgia Department of Education. When she’s not at work, Stephanie enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and dog.
Kristin Siembieda is an educator with a diverse range of experience. Starting in Savannah, Georgia in 1994, she embarked on her teaching career at the middle school level. Since then, she has gained experience teaching grades 1-8, adapting her approach to fit each age group’s unique needs. Further expanding her professional expertise, Kristin spent some time as an Instructional Technology Specialist at Kennesaw State University, where she contributed to the creation of instructional materials that incorporate digital technology.
Over the past five years, Kristin has been part of the team at Springdale Park as the STEM Program Specialist. She played a part in their certification process with Cognia and is currently involved in efforts to secure state certification. When she’s not at work, Kristin enjoys spending her spare time cooking, attending Atlanta United matches, and attending live music events.