LEMS teacher Tracy Elmore regional finalist for state STEM award
March 30, 2020
Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (LEMS) STEAM/Project Lead the Way teacher Tracy Elmore has been selected as one of five regional finalists for SC Future Minds’ SC STEM Educator of the Year.
The STEM Educator of the Year award was created to honor 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.
“Tracy continues to look for new and innovative ways to engage her students in meaningful and relevant instruction that is also timely given the speed with which we see technology change,” said LEMS Principal Gene Cameron. “Her energy is contagious and her focus is always on the students and what she can do to engage them on a daily basis.”
According to Cameron, Elmore “works diligently to prepare curriculum and instruction for her students and colleagues as well as teaming up with her colleagues for cross-curricular opportunities.”
SC Future Minds received hundreds of nominations for the award. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges from leading STEM companies including Michelin, BMW, Google, Milliken and Ranger Aerospace as well as STEM education specialists.
Elmore is part of the Kershaw County STEAM Council, a group of school and community leaders who are 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.
She also holds regular parent STEM evenings where students get to share their lessons and teach their parents what they are learning. Elmore co-teaches a robotics unit where students build and program robots to perform specific tasks, ending in an event where students’ robots compete.
Elmore was originally scheduled to be honored at a STEM Education Day at the State House last week before the event was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. In addition to SC Future Minds, the STEM Educator of the Year Award is sponsored by Comporium, a family-owned regional telecommunications company based in Rock Hill, SC.
The second year for the honor, the STEM Educator of the Year will be announced later this spring.