Fontenot is coordinator of West Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center located in Carrollton, Georgia. She supports member school systems with their science and math needs as well as provides STEM programs for students, Kindergarten through 8th grade. She holds a B.Ed, M.Ed. & Ed.S. in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Science, Social Science and English from the University of West Georgia. During her 20 years in the classroom at Carrollton City and Carroll County School Systems, Fontenot earned endorsements in Gifted, Reading, STEM and ESOL. Throughout her years in education, she received the Annice Watley Award for Excellence in Middle School Science Instruction. In addition, she served as the Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year and the West GYSTC Teacher of the Year. She also served as Carrollton City School System Teacher of the year in 2015-2016. As a Science Ambassador, she is able to provide support to Georgia’s teachers with the best instructional practices in content knowledge, application and critical thinking through professional learning strategies. She enjoys reading and spending time on the lake with her two children, grandchild and husband.
The mission of the Oconee River GYSTC is to promote, interest, rigor, and enthusiasm in science and technology instruction. Hence, the primary purpose of the Oconee River GYSTC is to provide quality professional learning opportunities in the sciences and technologies for all teachers within the 12 membership school systems. In addition, the Oconee River GYSTC also offers a range of other programs such as Family Science Nights, STEM equipment lending, student programs, and professional learning sessions.