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2017 ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award


Leon Grant 
Pre-Engineering Instructor
Marietta City Schools
Marietta, Georgia

Leon Grant has taught pre-engineering in Paulding and Marietta City schools systems for the past 16 years. Under his leadership, Marietta City Schools has established a world-class pre-engineering program that has obtained international industry certification. Grant has challenged his students with various engineering projects that have led them to compete in and win contests at the local, regional, state, national and international levels. Under his guidance, his students have received grants from Lemelson/MIT, have applied for patents, sold designs to major corporations, and started limited liability corporations. Grant has been active in promoting STEM in middle and elementary schools, has trained other teachers on STEM education, and developed a STEM mentoring program and a Civil Engineers Club.

Grant’s students have recently received national attention for the Haiti Container Building Project: a multi-year design/build/transfer project for a five-acre community center which will address the lack of sustainable energy, clean water, internet connectivity, and education opportunities in L’Arbre, Haiti. Under the guidance of industry professionals, Grant’s high school students will build a 20’ x 24’ container CTE classroom and 40’ x 50’ workshop area for the center on Marietta High School’s campus, and will then prototype various technologies involved in the container buildings, such as solar energy, water harvesting, satellite internet communication, aquaponics, solar cooking, and plastic recycling. Under Grant’s leadership, the project has built strong partnerships with numerous organizations, businesses and postsecondary institutions. Marcellus Pitts, CEO of Pitts-Fowler Enterprises, says: “The question is often asked, what does the future hold for the youth of today with all that is going on in the world? I can honestly say that because of the impact of Leon Grant, their future is bright and filled with endless possibilities.”


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