Apr 11

Announcing the 2019 SMT Awards Recipients

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the annual SMT Awards.  These awards are presented to individuals and institutions contributing to the excellence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education across North Carolina.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Educator – K-8:  Jennifer Tatum, Fifth Grade Teacher, Fairview Elementary, Fairview, N.C., Buncombe County Schools
  • Education – 9-16:  Cliff Grimsley, Biology Instructor, Gaston College, Dallas, N.C.
  • Student Leadership Award:  Hannah Yoder, Research Triangle Park High School
  • Champion Award:  Dr. Thomas (Tom) J. Williams, Strategic Education Alliances, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Partnership Award:  WakeEd Partnerships, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Informal Educator Award:  Jan Weems, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Business & Industry:  NC Electric Cooperatives, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Instructional Leader Award:  Carla Billups, Elementary STEM Coach, Buncombe County Schools

“We are pleased to highlight the diversity of talented STEM allies in North Carolina,” said SMT Center CEO and President Dr. Sam Houston.  “For the past decade we have had the honor to recognize numerous individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to bettering STEM education.”

The SMT Center is focused on improving education as a means of providing all students in North Carolina with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens, and advance the economy of the state.

Promoting innovation and change in education, the SMT Center celebrates educational excellence in North Carolina by supporting educators, engaging students, and advancing the growing importance of having a STEM-educated workforce.  The awards program was established in 2008. Award recipients will be recognized on April 27, 2019 in Cary, N.C.

The SMT Center was created in 2002 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Contact: Lisa Rhoades at

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