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Southwest Academy Magnet Middle Teacher Honored

Kim Sturdivant-Miller won a teacher of excellence award from the Technology & Engineering Educators Association of Maryland.

Kim Sturdivant-Miller, a technology instructor at Southwest Academy Magnet Middle School, is the recipient of the middle school teacher excellence award from the Technology & Engineering Educators Association of Maryland. 

She has been at Southwest for 12 years, according to a news release from Baltimore County Public Schools, and she will receive the award during an event Feb. 21.

That event is the TEEAM Donald Maley Awards reception at the Engineering Club in Baltimore City

After that, the teacher is set to represent Maryland at the 2013 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from March 7-9.

"This award is very special to me because it confirms that I have taught my students to realize that science and technology are ... closely related," Sturdivant-Miller said in a statement. "My students get to see firsthand that they need both the scientific knowledge as well as the technological skills in order to perform investigations, as well as to create, design, and make our everyday lives easier."

At Southwest, she's teaching Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology and also is the science department chairwoman, a member of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) committee, and member of the school's learning and leadership team. She also mentors students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

"She wears many hats at Southwest Academy," Principal Karen Barnes said in a statement. And while her responsibilities are many, Barnes added, "Her classroom is inviting, student-centered, and yet challenging for all of her students."

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