STEM Educator of the Year Eligibility

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 Educator 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.