Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Rm. 610


Burke County Public School has new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture and Technology initiative in grades K - 12. Learn how students are participating in academically challenging lessons using technology to solve real-world problems.


Milland Bradley, Associate Superintendent, Burke County Public Schools | mbradley@burke.k12.nc.us

Larry Putnam is the superintendent of Burke County Public Schools. He has been in his current role for three years and in education for 18 years. He has an administration/management degree, a teaching degree and an Ed.S in leadership from ASU, a master’s in school administration from Gardner-Webb University and is working on his doctorate at ASU. Before getting into education, Putnam worked in the furniture industry and as a correctional officer. He and his wife, Jennifer, the coordinator of Elementary Master’s Program at GWU, have two children, one in high school and one in college.

Milland Bradley is the assistant superintendent of Burke County Public Schools. He has been in his current role for two years and in education for 16 years. He has a bachelor’s in middle grade math from Western Carolina University, a master’s in middle grade math from ASU, an Ed.S. from ASU and is working on his doctorate. He and his wife, Amy, the director of Patterson Science Center in Caldwell County, have two small children.

Sharon Colaw is the director of gifted education program for Burke County Schools. She has a master’s of school administration from ASU and has been in education for 28 years. She and her husband, Brad, enjoy outdoor activities and taking care of their dogs and goats.

Jonathon Clontz is the site director of the STEAM Academy. He has an Ed.S. from ASU in educational administration and has been in education for 19 years. He is married to Lisa, the media coordinator at Heritage Middle School, and they have two school-age daughters.

Holly Minnear is the STEAM facilitator and an AIG specialist. She has a bachelor’s in elementary education, a master’s in educational leadership and is working on her Ed.D degree in curriculum and instruction from GWU. She has been in education for 18 years. Her husband, Russ, works in circulation for a newspaper, and they have five children ranging from school age to college.

Cheryl Shuffler is the public relations officers for Burke County Public School and has been in that role for one year. She has a bachelor’s in English from GWU. She spent 16 years as a newspaper journalist. She and her husband, Wes, an EC teacher at Liberty Middle School, have an 18-year-old, recent high school graduate, and a golden retriever.


Emphasizing Science, implementing technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)


K-12 Teachers and Administrators


Participants will gain information about Burke County Public Schools' STEAM Academy. Information will be shared about STEM careers and statistics concerning opportunities for employment in these areas. Participants will hear about the importance of partnerships with local businesses, NC School of Science and Math, and Institutions of Higher Learning.