2016 RET Participants

Collected below are the materials developed during the Summer 2016 RET program. During the four week long program, teachers developed curriculum for the courses, presented a poster of their project ideas, and presented an end-of-term presentation of their accomplishments. There materials can be found below.


My name is Christina Stansberry. I am the Design Lab teacher at Green Magnet Academy where I teach engineering to students kindergarten through 5th grade. I graduated from The Ohio State University with my masters in elementary education and have been teaching for 13 years now. I am married and have a beautiful daughter about to begin The University of Tennessee. I now live here in Knoxville with my wonderful husband, 3 dogs and 2 cats.

RET Presentation  Stansberry Poster    Windturbine Lesson   Powergrid w/ Squishy Circuits   Cooking with a Solar Oven

Sanderson_LaurenMy name is Lauren Sanderson, and I am from North Augusta, South Carolina which is where I attended the University of South Carolina Aiken to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Math Secondary Education.  Georgia Regents University is where I earned my Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics.  I met my wonderful husband, Matt Sanderson, who is the meteorologist for 10 News, and moved to Knoxville one year ago.  I started working at Bearden High School where I taught Algebra 2 and Finite Math.  This year, I will be teaching Algebra 2 at BHS and will implement the research that I have done this summer.  My husband and I have a cat and 125 pound Doberman.  We love to travel, try new restaurants, get involved with any community event, work out, go to the lake, and hike.

Final-Presentation-RET   Sanderson Poster   Applications for Sine Curve Applications of Cosine Curve  Solving for Variables

Hardison_Brian My name is Brian Hardison, and I teach 7th/8th grade at Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, TN. I have two girls, Maggie and M’lynn and they are 13 and 11 years of age. I enjoy running and spending time with my family.


Final Presentation   Hardison Poster   Incandescent bulb vs. CFL     Solar Cars and Angles   Kill-A-Watt Lesson

Roberts_Laura My name is Laura Roberts, and I am originally from Fairfield, CT. I attended Skidmore College for my undergraduate studies in management and business, and later received my MAT from Sacred Heart University. This is my second year with CURENT as an RET. I am currently a math and special education teacher at West High School in Knoxville, and am hoping to use this program to further explore making my lessons relevant and applicable.

Which Lightbulb is Better?    Energy and Engineering Trends Lesson 2    Energy and Engineering Trends Lesson 3   Roberts Poster


My name is Lauren Migun, and I am a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University. I am currently a mathematics teacher at Bearden High School.   For the 2016-2017 school year, I will be teaching Geometry and Honors Geometry.  I also co-sponsor the Key Club at BHS, a service organization for students, and have enjoyed seeing the students grow through community outreach.  I love having adventures with my husband and continuing to learn everyday.   This is my second year at CURENT as an RET, and I hope to use this experience to help my students explore potential career fields.

Migun Final Presentation   Migun Poster   Coal Regression   Exploring Engineering    Sagging Power Line

McNichols_Monica My name is Monica McNichols, and I started my career teaching abroad in Italy and Spain.  After then teaching with the Peace Corps in Colombia, I slowly found my way to Knoxville where I have just completed my first year teaching 6th grade math at Powell Middle. Having worked exclusively in early education and with early elementary students before this year, sixth grade math has been my favorite adventure to date!  Over the course of this past year I have thrown myself into teaching STEAM skills and careers.  Teaching students what they can practically do with math skills has increased student excitement and involvement in class.  I am excited for the opportunity CURENT offers to build my own understanding and turn it into hands-on learning experiences for my students.  Looking forward to another year of hearing student proudly proclaim they want to be an engineer when they grow up!

Ohm’s Law   Wind Turbine and Proportions   Solar Cars and Unit Rate

DSC_0038 My name is Karen Cragwall, and I am the librarian at Karns Middle School.  The RET program at CURENT is providing me with vital information needed to get our Markerspace integrated into the school community.  Learning about 3D printing and how the electrical grid works gives me a better view of how to incorporate the resources I have into our different curriculums.  The field of Library Science has changed dramatically since I began teaching in 1993.  This program is preparing me to stay current with new ways of providing information to students and support teachers. I am a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and earned a Masters in Library Science at the University of Tennessee. Middle School is where I have spent my entire career. I read a lot, swim, hike, run, well jog, and walk miles and miles around Knoxville.  I am the elder stateswoman here, have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 grand animals.  I share my life with an Associate Professor of Communications at Carson Newman University.

War of the Currents   Cragwall Poster    3D Printing Lesson  Intro to Arduinos Lesson   Squishy Circuits Lesson