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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Yarnell

October 28, 2015
By Brenda Seagraves

Emily’s story in her own words…

“I began attending Tate’s when I was four years old.  I remember making friends with Kaity on that first day and we have remained friends to this day.  Lasting friendships are just one of the gifts I have received from Tate’s.

I run track for the University of Tennessee, but my track career began when I was in the fifth grade at Tate’s.  Mrs. Cookie, the PE teacher at that time, announced that Tate’s would be forming its first official cross country team.  I was quite the active little kid so, of course, I jumped on board with this.  This is when I learned to push myself to achieve goals.  I ran track for Hardin Valley High School and was thrilled when UT offered me a track scholarship.

Tate’s was also responsible for sparking my interest in science.  I have kept that scientific interest and am currently a senior working on my Microbiology Degree.  I plan to take the MCAT and apply to medical school in the near future.

During a conversation with Mrs. Seagraves, I laughed and told her that there is truly not a day that goes by that I do not talk to someone about a memory from Tate’s.

There is, hands down, no place like Tate’s School and people who have experienced it know exactly what I am talking about.  The balance that I carry in my life among academics, social life, sports, clubs, personality traits, and relationships were first cultivated at Tate’s

I couldn’t get enough of Tate’s!  The unique buildings, the pond, the computer lab, art room and pools for PE made it such a magical place for a child to learn.  I spent every day at Tate’s Camp during the summer and was fortunate to work as a summer camp counselor.

One of the great things about Tate’s is they teach kids to do things that other schools may believe are too advanced.  With all of the great things that Tate’s gave me, the best thing I can say is that I took from it was that learning is COOL!  I am so happy that my parents sent me to the best school around! “

Come and meet Emily at TATE’s TREK…Inaugural fun run/walk on November 14, 9:00 AM. Register on line:

Tate’s School Partners with the University of Tennessee to bring Engineering into the Classroom

October 09, 2015
By Tate's School

This fall, thanks to a generous grant from the America Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), engineers from the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center will host a series of classes at Tate’s School designed to generate enthusiasm for the sciences.

As the first elementary school in the state of Tennessee to provide a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum, Tate’s School believes it is vital to the future of our country to attract young minds to the sciences. “Children are natural scientists and problem solvers”, said LouL Tate, Founder of Tate’s School. “They observe the world around them and generate conclusions their way: building, touching, creating, and discovering. We need to ensure students enjoy science at an early age.“

On Friday, October 9th Andrew Kaminsky, Mechanical Engineer and President of the Graduate Association for Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineers (GAME) at the University of Tennessee, and a team of 6 engineers will work with Tate’s 5th graders to visualize and interact with various states of matter. Students will work in small groups to investigate the many properties of plasma and explore polymers. Hand-on activities include creating polymer bouncy balls, wirelessly powering neon tubes using a plasma globe, and glassification of elastic polymers.

“This is a wonderful way to develop the students’ analytical thinking skills and build their enjoyment of science,” said Kaye Simmons, Tate’s Principal. Simmons was selected in 2014 to join the Tennessee STEM Innovative Leaders Institute designed to promote and expand the teaching of STEM subjects in schools across Tennessee.

This 6 part engineering series offers additional topics such as non-Newtonian fluids, electricity and magnetism. Future modules may include renewable energy, programming and control methodology.

The University of Tennessee and Tate’s School are STEMspark Hub Partners, a regional partnership of educational, business, scientific, and research institutions, that supports high quality STEM education in the East Tennessee region.

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