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Comporium, SC Future Minds, S2TEM Centers and the STEM Development Foundation Receive Over 250 Nominations for STEM Educator of the Year Award

  

February 14, 2019 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Rock Hill, SC – Comporium, a family-owned regional telecommunications company based in Rock Hill, SC, is proud to announce the inaugural STEM Educator of the Year award, in partnership with South Carolina Future Minds, S2TEM Centers and the STEM Development Foundation. 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 S2TEM Center SC regions across South Carolina.  

 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 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. 

 SC Future Minds was thrilled to received over 250 nominations for the award between December and January—indicating the thirst for teacher recognition and the enthusiasm for STEM educators. Nominees were invited to complete the application, which will then be reviewed by a committee of educators and business representatives from STEM sectors.

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 RegionUpcountry Region, and Western RegionEachfinalist will  receive $1,000; the grand prize SC STEM Educator will receive $5,000 and funds for professional development. Winners will be announced at STEM Education Day, April 9, 2019, at the state capitol in 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, please visit: www.scfutureminds.org/stem-educator-of-the-year/ 

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 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.

About STEM Development Foundation
The mission of the STEM Development Foundation (SDF) is to bring together community leaders to foster Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, work to increase the number of participants in STEM programs in K-12, Technical Colleges and Universities, and to be a hub for STEM activities. 

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