Niswonger Foundation is Enhancing Local Education

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Through his foundation, Scott Niswonger strives to raise the standard of education in the region.

“Our focus has been on enhancing education in rural areas by assisting with classroom construction,” stated Nancy Dishner, the CEO and president of the Niswonger Foundation. “The best opportunity for students to enroll in post-secondary education, succeed there, and begin a career path that will enable them to provide for their families.”

Through various programs, the Niswonger Foundation maintains close ties with the local school systems.

“We’re currently working on STEM education, assisting our teachers in becoming the highest caliber STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teachers they can be,” Dishner stated. “But also allowing students to try out a variety of activities, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

According to Dishner, the foundation also gives students scholarships and tutoring services.

Dishner stated, “We are tutoring roughly 3,000 students in 18 different school districts.” “It truly raises awareness that getting a good education and preparing for the future are essential to both community and economic development, which is what I believe this does for Greeneville and the surrounding area.”

Math tutoring is done by South Greene Middle School teacher Jeanette Fillers for her students. According to her, it has had a significant effect on how engaged the students are in class.

Fillers said, “It is unbelievable what these tutoring sessions accomplish for these kids.” These are some of my worst pupils, though occasionally they aren’t even my worst. Some people just require a tiny bit more assistance; give them that extra push or boost of confidence.

Fillers claimed that she is able to concentrate on the needs of her students by teaching them one-on-one.

“I like to concentrate on students where I know I can make some progress, even if they don’t necessarily struggle,” Fillers said. “They don’t really open up in class very much.” “And I’m confident that we can develop a close relationship.”

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