WHAT: Girls Preparatory School will offer a 3-week course, Placemaking: Chattanooga as Text (CAT)

WHEN: JUNE 12-30, 2017

WHO: Rising sophomore and junior girls are eligible to apply.

WHERE: Classes will take place off-site from the GPS campus at a location accessible by public transportation. The program will include guest speakers, field trips, and a variety of activities for engaging the topic of Placemaking.

WOW: Each participant will receive a new iPad with protective Dux case that will be hers to keep at the conclusion of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, an official GPS transcript will be issued to each student, granting one (1) general elective credit with the possibility of elective credit for history or science.

HOW: Read the course description here. Application below.


An application will go live the week of Monday, April 17, 2017.

Applications may be submitted digitally through the Survey Monkey link here.

In addition to the application,* one (1) letter of recommendation from a current academic teacher (English, math, science, history or foreign language) should be sent with the name of the applicant in the subject line to Claudia Goldbach ( or mailed to:
Claudia Goldbach
Girls Preparatory School
205 Island Ave. 
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Application deadline: May 15, 2017
All applicants will be notified of their status by May 26, 2017.

*In lieu of the written narrative bio and short answer questions, a video application may be submitted.

            Video Guidelines:

  1. Your video should begin with a short clip of you in front of the camera introducing yourself, “Hi, my name is and I’m a student at…”
  2. Consider what you want to share; how you to choose to share it is up to you. Simple and straightforward works, but don’t be afraid to be creative.
  3. Videos will not be evaluated for production quality, but you should limit your video to no more than 2 minutes.
  • Only complete applications will be considered
  • Submit completed video application to: (If file is large, consider a Dropbox link to the file).


Dr. Andrea Becksvoort
Dr. Becksvoort’s work at the college level has made her a versatile and well-respected member of the history department at GPS, and her expertise in the classroom has been noted by faculty and students alike.  Dr. Becksvoort co-chairs  the Justice Committee of the Mayor's Council for Women. She also sits on the Board of Directors of ArtsBuild, the Advisory Council of the UTC Women’s Studies Program, the Advocacy Committee of the Women’s Fund, and the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga. Becksvoort sponsors the GPS chapter of Amnesty International.

Mrs. Sonya Steele
Mrs. Steele began teaching at GPS in 2002 and for the past 15 years has taught a variety of the science subjects she loves.  She teaches: Biology, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Forensics, and Marine Science.  Additionally, she has taken students on trips to explore college options and oceans alike, travelling from Boston to the Catalina Islands off the coast of California.  Active in her faith and community, she and her family serve the Episcopal Church mission, Southside Abbey, and attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Steele earned her BS in Biology from the University of Montevallo and her MEd from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also advises 25 – 30 members in the on-campus Girl Scout troop, mentors members of Science Olympiad and annually guides 15-20 student projects submitted to the Chattanooga Regional Science Fair with students further going on win ISEF and ISWEEEP international trips.