SC STEM Educator of Year Amy Baldwin named National Teacher of the Year
The 21/22 South Carolina STEM Educator of the Year Amy Baldwin has now been named 21/22 PLTW Robert and Patricia Kern Teacher of the Year. SC Tech & SC Competes are proud of Amy and her incredible work, all well deserved. Amy Baldwin is a Gateway to Technology teacher at Oakbrook Middle School, working specifically with the 6th-8th grade. She is currently in her 21st year of teaching, all at Oakbrook Middle. Amy’s platform Is “Changing the Face of STEM”, designed to encourage more girls and minorities to join STEM programs and educate them on careers and futures in STEM-related fields. This was done through “Girl Power” events in 2019 and more informational sessions throughout the year. Amy has received two grants to expand the Girl Power initiative. The first grant from the Dorchester District 2 Education Foundation to purchase Ozobots for hands-on coding. The second grant from the Air Force Association to purchase wooden planes for learning more about aerospace engineering.
Amy says about the news, “I was shocked when I received the call that I was selected as the 2021-22 PLTW Robert and Patricia Kern Teacher of the Year! I was blessed to be nominated by a wonderful parent and students from my robotics teams. This award is just a thank you to all the students who have worked so hard especially during the last year. Teaching and learning STEM virtually has been a roller coaster but the ride has been worth the rewards.”
Read about Amy & the STEM Educator of the Year here.