Founder/Principal, Philmore Academy for Science & Arts
Sherrie Philon has served in the field of education for over 23 years, as an educator, educational leader, and mentor. Her career began in elementary school in 1999, where she was always seen as a leader and given multiples roles in leadership beginning her first year. She has worked at all levels of education as both a teacher as well as administrator.
Ms. Philon obtained her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and served as a state Testing Coordinator s well as Instructional Coach. She is passionate about equitable education and access for all students which prompted her to run for public office of Rockdale County School Board in 2014. This also allowed her to see the need for a school that prepare African American students for life and develops them into global leaders of excellence. It was with this that she decided it was time to create her own. Philmore Academy for Science & Arts was founded in 2017 as the first minority owned Science and Arts private school in the state of Georgia, which now ranked as one of the top private schools for STEM and the Arts in Atlanta. The school prides itself and the culture of the school around the principles of scholarship, leadership, service, and excellence. One of her favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela which asserts, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." Once it is obtained it can't be taken away. She believes that all students can achieve greatness if they are placed in a place where they can experience success. She believes that if you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Overview: The habits of mind developed in STEM can help people at every level to deal more effectively with the total process of living as well-adjusted, intellectually competent, self-determining individuals. Without the ability to think critically and independently about problems that involve evidence, quantitative considerations, logical arguments, and uncertainties, we become easy prey for dogmatists, con artists, and purveyors of simple solutions to complex problems. STEM holds the promise of addressing 21st-century challenges in energy, environment, climate, hunger, health, transportation, and communication. STEM principles related to systems, components processes, and relationships give people a sound basis for assessing the use of new technologies and their implications for our future. During this workshop, panel experts will discuss how STEM careers are power seats, and the need for more inclusive representation at the tables where decisions are made.