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ABC News 4 recognizing STEM educators for contributions to Lowcountry

STEM Educator of the Month

Do you know a teacher, principal, professor or any educator who deserves recognition for their efforts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?

ABC News 4 is excited to announce a partnership with a local education advocacy group and business partner to recognize leading Lowcountry educators making important contributions in STEM fields.

Beginning this month, ABC News 4 and the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative have joined forces with Panera to recognize STEM Educators from the greater Charleston area each month for all of 2018.

The winning educators will be selected from nominees chosen and submitted by people in the community who feel those educators have made a significant impact on STEM in the classroom and in the community.


Winners will be chosen by a committee of people from local government, academia, business and industry, based on the following criteria:

  • Increasing STEM interest, awareness and literacy in the Lowcountry.
    - Brings a high level of excitement to students about STEM
    - Provides evidence of creativity and innovation in their work
    - Makes connections to real-world situations
  • Bolstering the STEM workforce
    - Exposes students to local STEM professionals and experiences
    - Consistently encourages students to excel past their own expectations in academics, community and character
  • Assisting with making our region a leader in STEM Education.
    - Serves as a leader not only in the workplace, but also in the STEM community
    - Facilitates collaboration between STEM related organizations

All nominations will be reviewed based on merit and documented display of the characteristics mentioned above.


Any STEM educator in the greater Charleston, S.C. area will be eligible for selection. That means anyone who facilitates STEM learning in or outside the traditional classroom setting in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties.

That could mean a teacher or professor, homeschool and afterschool educators, camp counselors, a program director, or leaders of STEM programs at parks, museums, community centers and camps.

Nominations for each month will be due by the 10th of the previous month. The nomination period for January, for instance, is already closed, and an inaugural winner has been chosen, who will be announced in a special ceremony at the Charleston STEM Festival Feb. 3.

Nominations for February, however, are open until Feb. 10, and the winner will be announced at the end of that month.

All nominations will remain in consideration for six months after the nomination is made.

To nominate a STEM educator for recognition as STEM Educator of the Month, CLICK HERE.

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