Anderson named CTE Teacher of the Year
On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. James Anderson is credited for both increasing funding for and enthusiasm about his academy. He wrote and received a $6,000 program growth grant from NASA to assist in improving the academy's first after school VEX Robotics team, which competes at the local and state levels, growing awareness about STEM activity and raising student interest in the engineering program at Antioch. This resulted in an increase in the number of students enrolled in the Academy of Automotive Technology. His students' design improvements were incorporated into their academy's multi-departmental project, "Antioch Motor," earning them a spot at the MNPS STEM Expo. Anderson's VEX robotics club now boasts two competitive teams for VEX and FIRST robotics. The VEX team qualified for the state championship and finished in second place.