‘Makerspace’ honors late Coatesville teacher
The Our Jeni Makerspace will be used by Caln Elementary students to problem solve and persevere
Caln Elementary School officials announced the opening of the Jeni Stanley Makerspace, in honor of a late teacher who impacted her students.
Coatesville Area School District officials said Jeni Stanley made a strong impact on the lives of students she taught and she inspired her students on a level beyond education, showing them that they can make an impact on others around the world. Stanley was diagnosed with a rare disease called neuroendocrine cancer on Aug. 2, 2012 and she passed away on May 31, 2015.
Stanley’s sister, Rebecca Joyner, and her family, began the “Our Jeni Memorial Fund” to continue to raise awareness and to continue Jeni’s legacy of giving back and supporting communities. Through the Our Jeni Memorial Fund, Rebecca Joyner, Becky Daugherty and Marisa Gehris, in addition to many others, developed a proposal to create a Makerspace at Caln Elementary School.
A Makerspace is a location which teachers can utilize to engage students during the day through opportunities to take risks, explore, imagine new possibilities, express creativity and embrace challenges. The intention of the Makerspace is to provide students at Caln Elementary the opportunity for creating and collaboration in a space filled with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities.
“This Makerspace is in loving memory of Jeni Stanley and it will be a space that will allow students to problem solve and persevere, while providing students access to exciting STEAM-related projects and tasks,” Caln Principal Rebecca Richardson said.
A ribbon cutting of the “Our Jeni Makerspace” recently took place and some of her former students and their families attended, in addition to colleagues and family of Jeni Stanley.
Coatesville Area Senior High School student Julia Rose donated a painting in memory of Jeni Stanley to mount in the room. Rose painted the picture because she was a student of Stanley’s in fifth grade. She incorporated Stanley’s favorite colors and birds and she created a collaboration of some of Stanley’s favorite things, including a song about three little birds. Rose, along with others in attendance, shared the impact that Stanley made on their lives. School officials said it is one that will continue to be shared through the Our Jeni Makerspace.
Late Coatesville teacher Jeni Stanley’s sister, Rebecca Joyner, and her family, began the “Our Jeni Memorial Fund” to continue to raise awareness of the cancer and to continue her legacy of giving back and supporting communities. The Our Jeni Stanley Makerspace will be used at Caln Elementary School for students and to honor her memory.
Coatesville student Julia Rose poses with her painting in memory of Caln Elementary teacher Jeni Stanley.