TEEMS AmeriCorps Program
About the TEEMS AmeriCorps Program
The Technology Engineering, Environment Math and Science (TEEMS) AmeriCorps program, housed in the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University’s College of Education, partners with urban elementary, middle schools, high schools, and educational organizations that seek to better prepare students in STEM areas.
The objective that focuses this work is related to an increase in student academic performance in STEM. In 2016, Georgia’s graduation rate was ranked 39 in the nation. Today in 2019, Atlanta’s urban students still lag in terms of STEM performance. The TEEMS AmeriCorps Program deploys 25 AmeriCorps members as change agents who will affect school culture by providing effective instructional support in science, math and STEM education, thereby increasing long-term student efficacy and STEM academic achievement.
Members serve alongside formal and informal educators at local schools and community organizations as a way of strengthening STEM education at the site. The components of the TEEMS AmeriCorps member’s roles and responsibilities are as follows:
STEM Programming/Classroom Assistance: Each school based AmeriCorps member is assigned to a mathematics or science classroom, or lab in which they remain for the entire school year. AmeriCorps members serve with the lead teacher to assess the needs and support the learning of each student in the classroom. The school-based members report to the school and their assigned classroom on a schedule established with their site supervisor and host teacher. They are available throughout that time to their teacher and students. AmeriCorps members primarily supplement the instruction provided by the lead teacher through small group instruction, individual instruction, co-teaching, activity facilitation, resource generation, and other related activities.
After-School Programming: Center-based AmeriCorps members help to facilitate after school programming daily from the time students arrive until the time the students are dismissed in conjunction with a supervising staff member. The after-school program focuses on homework assistance as well as reinforcement in math and science, and/or STEM education engagement. After-school service is planned and facilitated by the respective AmeriCorps member. Typically, this takes shape in the hosting of STEM clubs where students engage in hands-on experiments.
The program is focused on achieving at least a 10% gain in math and/or science proficiency in urban schools and community learning centers. Additionally, members are charged with engaging the community in service learning efforts throughout the program year.
TEEMS (Technology, Engineering, Environment, Math and Science) AmeriCorps is a corps of mathematics and science majors trained in “Best Practices in Urban Education,” which includes effective tutoring and mentoring.
About our TEEMS Director
Sarayfah Bolling was born in Israel and grew up in Bat Yam until she was almost seven years old. Her family moved to Atlanta, GA in 1997. Hebrew was Sarayfah’s first language. Sarayfah’s name is Hebrew meaning “consuming fire of God.” Since moving to Atlanta, Sarayfah has lived in the Edgewood community where she attended Whitefoord Elementary School and Sammye E. Coan Middle School. In 2007, Sarayfah graduated from Southside Comprehensive High School (now Maynard Jackson High School) as Valedictorian, won the Governor’s Cup, and became the first recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship. Sarayfah received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizing Theme from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Sarayfah created her own major consisting of Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology and her senior thesis looked at the market for and history of racist Black collectibles and memorabilia in the 21st century. During her undergraduate career, she served as a Resident Assistant, tour guide, admission interviewer, participated in the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, and joined Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Sarayfah received a Master’s in Education from the UMass Amherst in Social Justice Education with a concentration in Higher Education. Previously, Sarayfah has served as a Residence Director at Bentley University and Senior Coordinator in the UGA Center for Leadership & Service. Currently, Sarayfah Bolling is a doctoral student in the Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development ED.D. Program at the University of Georgia. When Sarayfah is not working and schooling, you can find her watching old episodes of I Love New York Seasons 1 & 2 on Youtube, losing it over Game of Thrones, and playing with her rescue dog, Lily. She is excited to join the Alonzo A. Crim Center and take the TEEMS. AmeriCorps Program to the next level.
For more information on TEEMS, Sarayfah can be reached at 404-413-8430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org