STEM Educator to receive $5,000 cash award and named 2020 STEM Educator of the Year, the award honors top STEM educators in the state selected by Leading STEM Companies and Education Experts
A Kershaw County School District teacher has won the 2nd annual SC STEM Educator of the Year Award from SC Future Minds, Comporium, S2TEM Centers SC, and Dominion Energy as part of their initiative to honor STEM educators who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by providing an excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning, and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future.
Tracy Elmore, a STEM and Project Lead the Way teacher at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, was announced as the 2020 SC STEM Educator of the Year today by Shaun Barnes and Pamela Trimnal, representatives from Comporium.
Mrs. Elmore was nominated by Gene Cameron, Principal at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. “Tracy has been the STEAM/Project Lead the Way lead teacher in Kershaw County for a number of years. Her dedication to STEAM is seen everywhere in the district and community. She works diligently to prepare curriculum and instruction for her students and colleagues as well as teaming up with her colleagues for cross-curricular opportunities. Her talents in the classroom and district have earned her a spot on the Kershaw County STEAM Council, a group of school and community leaders that is creating a common vision and mission for the students of Kershaw County to have access to STEAM education that will prepare them for career and leadership opportunities in the community.”
SC Future Minds received hundreds of nominations for the award, which is sponsored by Comporium, a family owned regional telecommunications company based in Rock Hill, SC. Every nominee was noted for bringing enthusiasm and energy to their students through STEM projects, curricula, and teaching techniques. Finalists were selected from a competitive shortlist of 58 applications.
Each of the following finalists received $1,000; with SC STEM Educator of the Year, Tracy Elmore receiving $5,000 along with professional development opportunities:
Coastal Pee Dee Region: Derenda “Dee” Marshall, STEM Lab Teacher at Wacamaw Intermediate School in Georgetown County School District.
Lowcountry Regional Finalist: Amy Baldwin, Gateway to Technology Teacher 6th – 8th grade at Oakbrook Middle School in Dorchester School District Two.
Midlands Region Finalist: Kirstin Bullington, Next Energy Engineering Instructor at Richland Two Institute of Innovation in Richland School District Two.
Upstate Regional Finalist: Tracy Elmore, STEM/PLTW teacher at Lugoff Middle School in Kershaw County School District.
Western Region Finalist: Chris Beyerle, Gateway to Technology Engineering Teacher at Fisher Middle School in Greenville County School District.
About South Carolina Future Minds
South Carolina Future Minds believes public education is the cornerstone of economic and social progress. As the only statewide organization convening statewide partners across business and education fields, the organization advocates for smart public policies and programs that both strengthen our education system and our economy. For more information, please visit www.scfutureminds.org
Comporium, Inc., headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., is a diversified, privately-held communications company that employs nearly 1,200 people and provides broadband, TV, voice, wireless, smart home systems and advertising services throughout the Carolinas. Comporium’s ventures include companies that provide media and business solutions, data storage and managed services, smart devices and connected home/car services, and digital signage. For more information, please visitwww.comporium.com.
About S²TEM Centers SC
S²TEM Centers SC (Solutions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education) is a not-for-profit network of education specialists focused on economic and workforce development through improvement in preK-12 STEM education. Our statewide infrastructure for STEM education brings information, support, innovation and research to the education community in South Carolina and beyond with emphasis on pre K-12 schools.