The Presidential Award affirms my commitment to science teaching and learning and validates years of improving science instruction in my own classroom and sharing my passion for science with others. Family, colleagues, and students have encouraged my personal and professional growth while each have provided me with opportunities to learn, grow, and lead. I believe that my students can and will develop a fascination with science — and it is my commitment to foster that success in each one of them!

Steven King Athens, GA | K-6, Science, 2014

Steven King, a 26-year teacher, has been the kindergarten through fifth grade Science Specialist at Whit Davis Elementary School for the past nine years. Originally a middle school teacher, Steven became passionate about fostering an early interest and love for science, creating a STEAM lab where the curriculum comes to life with inquiry-based investigations and experiments. Students explore all aspects of science in his award-winning laboratory. His commitment to engaging students in real-world science experiences and providing them with the latest scientific and technological equipment is evident in the annual awarding of multiple mini-grants to fund challenging and creative lessons in his laboratory. As a result, students have greater access to technology and to innovative projects such as building kaleidoscopes, making and maintaining habitats, extensive microbiology explorations, crime-scene investigation labs, chemistry experiments, and model rocketry.  Steven has led professional development at conferences on the local, regional, and state levels as a member of the Georgia Science Teachers Association. Steven earned a B.S. in middle grades education at the University of Georgia, and both a M.A. in elementary education and an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College. He is certified to teach all subjects kindergarten through eighth grade and gifted.