TSIN Welcomes New Director Sandy Watkins

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is pleased to announce that Sandy Watkins has been selected to lead the Network’s statewide effort.

“This network is one of our signature accomplishments in Battelle’s extensive portfolio in STEM education,” said Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice-President of Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy at Battelle. “From teacher to principal, Sandy Watkins has built a tremendous reputation of growing quality STEM programs and we are proud to bring those strengths to our team.”

Watkins, a native of Bristol, TN, was the founding Principal of the Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee. Prior to leading the school, Watkins served as STEM and Science Coordinator for Sullivan County Schools and was previously a classroom teacher. Most recently, Watkins has served as a consultant for Battelle, working to advance leadership development at the school level while also seeking to advance innovative school designs that foster STEM opportunities for students.

“I have seen TSIN’s tremendous impact in our state since its start in 2010 and am honored to lead the network’s efforts to create the next generation of critical thinkers and doers,” said Sandy Watkins, Director of TSIN for Battelle. “I look forward to seeking new opportunities to expand quality STEM learning opportunities for all students in our state.”

To connect with Sandy, please feel free to reach out via email at watkinss1@battelle.org or on Twitter @Sandy4STEM.

Wes Hall, the former Director of the TSIN, has moved into the role of Executive Director of STEMx, a national STEM network also managed by Battelle in which the TSIN is a founding member.

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is a public-private collaborative between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle, emphasizing a “kindergarten through jobs” philosophy by promoting the teaching and learning of STEM education and integrating real-world and hands-on learning in K-12 public schools across Tennessee.

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3 responses to “TSIN Welcomes New Director Sandy Watkins”

  1. LD says:

    Great hire! Sandy is a fine leader and a tireless advocate for STEM education.

  2. Stephanie Johnson says:

    Tennessee is so lucky to have an awesome leader! Congrats

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