Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Parents and their children attend the Chattanooga Homeschool Expo hosted by the Chattanooga Homeschool Association at Camp Jordan Arena on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. More than 60 exhibitors were on hand to offer curriculum material and supplemental programs for homeschoolers and parents.

Home Education Expo taking place this weekend

The Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association will host its annual Home Education Expo at Camp Jordan Arena this Friday and Saturday.

More than 60 exhibitors and 40 workshops will be at the two-day event, which showcases learning materials, extracurricular activities and college preparation information for home-schooled students and their families in the Chattanooga area.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Registration takes place online on the association's website.


Scenic City Montessori hosting Saturday information sessions

A private Montessori school for middle and high school students is holding information sessions Saturdays in July ahead of its fall opening.

Scenic City Montessori Middle and High schools will offer information and ice cream July 17, 24 and 31 at the school's site in Hixson. The school is based out of the Family Life Center at Grace Church of the Nazarene but is not affiliated with the church.

The school's leaders say it will incorporate project-based learning, entrepreneurial skills, social/emotional skills and more in its curriculum while meeting Tennessee state standards. The first day of school will be Aug. 16.

More information can be found on the school's website or by calling 423-403-4721 or emailing


Chattanooga State faculty members participating in national IT event

Three Chattanooga State Community College professors — Savitha Pinnepalli, Norman Saied and Jeffrey Schneider — will participate in the Summer Working Connections professional development event this week.

Working Connections began Monday and aims to provide training that attendees can use in current or new courses. The event is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

"I am grateful to our faculty who have taken a week of their summer schedule to learn industry-endorsed new trends in the IT field," said Pinnepalli, information technology department head, in a news release. "This will help the department in developing future course offerings in the field of Data Science and Cyber Defense and Python Programming. NSF funding made it possible for participation in these tracks."


Montessori officials seek Highland Park Grammar School alumni, educators

Officials from the Montessori Elementary at Highland Park are seeking former students and educators from the location's previous school for a reunion.

The elementary school, a pre-K-5 public charter school opening in August, occupies the same site as the former Highland Park Grammar School. Ahead of the new school's opening, officials are planning to hold a Highland Park Grammar School reunion and celebration Oct. 22.

Those who know former students, educators or school leaders from Highland Park Grammar School can contact community engagement coordinator Mary Margaret Sullivan at 423-498-5880 or at

Montessori Elementary at Highland Park will be a co-educational school partnered with Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Its charter application was approved by the Hamilton County Board of Education in April 2020.

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at or 423-757-6592.