Hendersonville Elementary Teacher Sherry Coren Honored for Work in STEM Education

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Sherry Coren, teacher at Hendersonville Elementary has received the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award (K-8) from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center.   Ms. Coren was recognized on April 29 in Raleigh, N.C. at the annual SMT Celebration.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an educator in advancing STEM education in North Carolina.

“Ms. Coren is a dedicated leader in STEM education,” said Dr. Sam Houston, CEO and president of the SMT Center. “She finds new and exciting ways to present STEM lessons to her students.”

Mrs. Coren consistently is a leader in STEM lessons and project based learning at Hendersonville. She delivers the standards by making real world connections. She models lessons and supports other teachers with STEM. Teachers seek her out for ideas and strategies in mathematics and science. She is a mentor teacher to many, and is consistently being observed by beginning teachers within our county on how she delivers content in STEM.

During the summer of 2016, she was given the opportunity to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey where she learned a variety of methods to keep students excited and engaged in science.

She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in psychology and received a master in executive leadership from Gardner Webb.

The N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology (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.

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Contact: Lisa Rhoades at 919/991-5111 or lrhoades@bwfund.org