DAVIDSON, N.C. – Woodlawn School Upper School biology teacher Deanna Hoffman has been awarded a $1,000 AFCEA Gravely Grant for STEM Teachers, from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Educational Foundation.
“I conducted an Internet search for STEM grants, and this was one of the first I found,” says Mrs. Hoffman. “I am really excited to be able to received these funds for the biology and AP Biology students at Woodlawn School.”
The grant funds will be used toward 10th grade biology, and 11th and 12th grade AP Biology coursework titled “Bacteria & Viruses: the Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” Each curricular unit will include lectures, videos, laboratory experiments, and student projects. Based on their research, students will lead classroom discussions about global issues such as HIV transmission and biological warfare.
“Woodlawn is incredibly fortunate that Deanna joined our faculty this year,” says Rachel McCall, Head of the Upper School at Woodlawn School. “In just her first few weeks on the job, she took the initiative to find outside funding -- and wrote a compelling grant proposal. We appreciate her commitment to not only the academic excellence of Woodlawn School, but also to the learning experiences of our talented students."
Woodlawn is an independent school founded in 2002 and located just north of Davidson, North Carolina. Enrolling students in grades K through 12, Woodlawn is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and offers a challenging, project-based academic experience.