Meacham Helps Southern Door Earn $6,000 STEAM Grant

An award-winning teacher continues to deliver for her school district – this time in the form of a $6,000 grant for the Southern Door School District.

Jessica Meacham – the district’s technology co-coordinator and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program leader – earned the 2021 Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship Award this winter. School board members learned in July that the award came with $6,000 for the school district, and new Superintendent Chris Peterson said the funds will most likely be used for materials for the STEAM program.

Peterson said school districts are trying to coordinate science, technology, engineering and math lessons into classes across the curriculum, and Meacham has done a remarkable job with her program and in working with all of the district’s teachers.

“She’s making it work,” Peterson said. “She’s been exceptional at bringing in resources and finding resources and developing solid curriculum.”

During the July school board meeting, member Matthew Tassoul saluted Meacham for her efforts through the years, noting that she’s a dedicated professional who always goes far beyond what’s expected. Meacham was honored as the National Rural Teacher of the Year in 2014.

In addition to the $6,000 in funds from the Kohl Foundation, the Southern Door board this month accepted an anonymous donation for $8,000 for the school’s Fab Lab, as well as $5,000 from the Southern Door Community Foundation to finish work in the wrestling room. 

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