SC STEM Educator of the Year Award

 

Nominate a STEM Teacher

South Carolina faces two converging challenges for the future of its students and workforce: first, a critical shortage of public school educators, particularly in STEM areas; and second, the changing nature of jobs requiring an advanced understanding of STEM content areas and the skills required to tackle complex problems. The state will need to significantly increase its number of STEM educators in order to meet the demands of an evolving economy. Comporium, a family-owned diversified communications company now employing 1100 people in nine counties across the state, realizes that investing in the STEM Teacher of the Year award is also investing in the future of the state’s public education system.

STEM education is one of the most effective tools we have to prepare our students for college and career success that awaits them. The Profile of the SC Graduate supports STEM as world-class knowledge; such knowledge is beneficial when complemented by important world-class skills that are focused on building critical and creative thinking and analytical skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them.

STEM educators hold the content knowledge necessary to teach and facilitate learning within their content area, as well as the ability to collaborate with other content area educators in order to create interdisciplinary, integrated opportunities for student learning. STEM educators include elementary, middle and high school STEM content area educators and CTE (Career and Technical Education) educators. STEM teaching prepares learners to be critical and creative thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, collaborators, team players, and strong communicators. STEM learners persevere through global and community problems, are self-directed and are better prepared to face the challenges of a competitive and constantly changing society.

Effective STEM teaching and learning rely on:

  • Inquiry-, technology-, problem- and project-based learning immersed in real-world problem-solving;
  • Diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum where activities in one class complement those in other classes and sometimes, other schools;
  • Meaningful partnerships with multiple stakeholders that reach beyond purely funding to opening the walls of the classroom to include higher education, business, and the community – resulting in an engaged STEM community; and
  • Strong school and district leaders who understand the STEM approach to teaching and learning and harness its power to transform education in their schools.

Comporium in partnership with South Carolina Future Minds, S2TEM Centers, and the STEM Development Foundation are joining together to honor teachers who are inspiring students across the state to develop a passion for STEM subjects. This award is for teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future. We understand the importance of what you do and we want to honor one teacher from each of the five STEM regions with an award just for you!

One winner will be selected from each of the regional locations to make up the five finalists. Finalists will each receive $1,000 with the winning SC STEM Teacher receiving $5,000 along with funds for professional development.
S2TEM centers regions map https://www.s2temsc.org/locations.html
Coastal Pee Dee Region
Lowcountry Region
Midlands Region
Upcountry Region
Western Region

 

To be eligible:

  • Must be a full-time, active, certified, public K-12 classroom STEM teacher (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)
  • Spend the majority of the school day involved in direct instruction to students
  • Be skilled in implementing effective teaching strategies
  • Be able to explain personal teaching philosophy
  • Be able to inspire students in STEM-related topics
  • Show involvement and leadership in student-related extra-curricular activities
  • Be respected by students, parents, and co-workers

 

What are we looking for:

  • Innovation – Unique ways to educate students to develop a curiosity in the STEM fields.
  • Outstanding – A true passion for STEM education
  • Wordly – Inspires students to see that STEM is all around us
  • Academic – Engage students in the classroom, preparing them for education and careers outside the classroom

Anyone, including oneself, can nominate a deserving teacher. Once, nominated, the teacher is sent Phase 2 of the application process and must answer all questions. The South Carolina STEM Teacher of the Year Committee then reviews all of the nomination applications and selects five finalists to be interviewed in late – winter/early spring. Once the interview process is complete, a winner is selected.

Nominate a STEM Teacher