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Published on November 19th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Nominations Open for 2020 STEM Educator of the Year Award

Florence, SC – South Carolina Future Minds, a state-wide education nonprofit championing educators and connecting private support and resources to public schools, is proud to call for nominations for the 2nd annual STEM Educator of the Year award, in partnership with Comporium, Dominion Energy, and S2TEM Centers.

The STEM Educator of the Year award honors teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing an excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning, and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future. A grand prize winner will be selected from finalists in each of the five S2️TEM Center SC regions across South Carolina.

“We’re thrilled to be opening nominations for our 2020 STEM Educator of the Year Awards,” says Debbie Jones, Executive Director of SC Future Minds. “Being that it’s American Education Week and our main focus is to honor and celebrate educators in SC, we couldn’t think of a better way then asking folks to nominate their favorite STEM Educator this week. We’ll be sharing some of the nominations on social media throughout the rest of the month.”

Nominations can be submitted until November 30th at scfutureminds.org

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 high quality STEM educators in order to meet the demands of an evolving economy.

Comporium, a family-owned diversified communications company headquartered in Rock Hill, now employing 1100 people in nine counties across the state, realizes that investing in the STEM Educator of the Year award is also investing in the future of the state’s public education system and workforce.

2019 STEM Educator of the Year, Warren Wise, says the opportunity to represent his state in the STEM field across the nation has been hugely beneficial, “I’ve had the opportunity to grow professionally, bring resources back to my students, school and other districts in our state, and connect with STEM Educators and leaders across the country.”

One winner will be selected from each of five regional locations to make up the finalists. The regional locations include: Coastal Pee Dee RegionLowcountry RegionMidlands RegionUpstate Region and Western RegionEachfinalist will receive $1,000; the grand prize SC STEM Educator will receive $5,000 from Comporium and funds for professional development. Winners will be announced at STEM Education Day at the state capitol in Columbia.

Eligibility requirements:

· 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

Criteria:

· Innovation – Unique ways to educate students to develop a curiosity in the STEM fields.

· Outstanding – A true passion for STEM education

· Worldly – 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

For more information on the STEM Educator of the Year Award, visit: www.scfutureminds.org/stem-educator-of-the-year/

You can follow the 2019 STEM Educator of the Year on Facebook @SCSTEMEDUCATOR


About South Carolina Future Minds
South Carolina Future Minds is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting excellence in South Carolina’s K-12 public schools by partnering with corporate donors to find and support successful school programs. SCFM promotes innovation for excellence in public education by equipping and advocating for educators as they prepare South Carolina students to thrive in a global community. For more information on South Carolina Future Minds, visit www.scfutureminds.org, follow @scfutureminds, join the SC Future Minds Facebook page, or email info@scfutureminds.org.

About Comporium
Comporium, Inc., headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., is a diversified privately held communications company providing voice, video, data, wireless, security and advertising services. Comporium’s ventures include companies providing fiber transport and business solutions, data storage and managed services, smart devices and connected home/car services, and digital signage. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.

About Dominion Energy
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. As one of the nation’s leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 60 percent by 2030. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $35 million in 2018 to community causes. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

About S²TEM Centers SC
S²TEM Centers SC specializes in designing differentiated learning experiences for districts, schools, and teachers. Their professional development services range from informing learners and leaders, to supporting instructional change, and innovating with school partners.


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