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Featured Expert: Wes Hall: Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network

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Wes Hall believes that a student’s zip code shouldn’t impact the learning opportunities that shape his or her future. As the Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, he leads a partnership between Battelle Education and the Tennessee Department of Education to support quality STEM learning opportunities across the state. He is committed to “STEM for All,” advocating for educational equity for students and innovative partnerships that benefit the classroom.

Born in Bristol, TN, Wes grew up in rural Appalachia and works to expand opportunities in the state’s rural and urban areas. From year one, he was integral to establishing multiple STEM platform schools comprising the network, bringing innovative opportunities to students. Recently, seeing students grow from freshmen to graduating seniors spoke to the true impact of innovative policy aligned with effective and passionate STEM school leaders. 

Wes has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in Public Administration from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a member of the university’s Young Alumni Council and serves on the Tennessee Department of Education’s STEM Leadership Council, the Personalized Learning Taskforce, and the board of Tennessee Scholars. 

When he can get away, he enjoys traveling and experiencing the outdoors. He is an avid Volunteers fan and was previously selected as one of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine’s “Most Eligible Singles.”