Knox County teacher surprised with $20,000 grant

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A special surprise came Tuesday for a well-deserving Knox County teacher and the kids she works so hard to educate.

Amanda Callahan-Mims and her students were brought to the Spring Hill Elementary Gym for what they thought was a “bus safety” seminar, only to be surprised with 20 thousand dollars for her out-of-the-box ideas.

Callahan-Mims was awarded the “TeacherPreneur” grant to build an outdoor learning space. It – will incorporate what she calls MASST- music, art, science and sensory therapy.

“‘All children deserve to have a place where they can go and know that it’s a safe place, that we’re here to help them and educate them,’ said Callahan-Mims. ‘I really just want them to have everything that they can have and so having this outdoor area for them is just the most amazing thing and I’m so happy to be able to bring that to them.'”

TeacherPreneur is a grant award program funded by Great Schools Partnership and administered in partnership with Knox County Schools. It aims to promote KCS teachers as educational leaders and creative problem solvers by encouraging them to use their expertise and creativity to improve the district and the learning opportunities provided to Knox County students. 

The teaching area will provide sensory stimulation through gardening, musical experiences, art and hands-on learning.

Great Schools has awarded $541,000 to 68 Knox County teachers during their five-year partnership. 

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