Decatur teacher receives $30,000 from Amazon


DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — A Decatur Elementary School teacher has been named one of ten Amazon Engineering Teachers of the Year.

Regan Clark, West Decatur Elementary

Regan Clark, a teacher at West Decatur Elementary School, was chosen as a dynamic teacher who encourages students to pursue careers in computer science and robotics. She is one of two elementary school teachers chosen and the only winner from the state of Alabama.

Clark will receive $25,000 to use at his school to help promote computer science and/or robotics initiatives. She will also receive $5,000 for herself.

“We are thrilled to recognize our third cohort of Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year winners and celebrate their efforts over the past year to increase access to computing opportunities in their classrooms and beyond. beyond,” said Victor Reinoso, global director of philanthropic education at Amazon. initiatives. “Despite another difficult year with unique challenges posed by the pandemic, we were impressed by the immense creativity and dedication of these teachers to help their students excel and learn fundamental computer and coding skills that will help them achieve their career goals, whatever they may be. could be.”

The Amazon Future Teachers of the Year were chosen based on various categories, including a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in computer science education, a recommendation from a school administrator, and personal stories about their school. and their students.

With the money, Clark plans to create a STEM lab that all West Decatur Elementary students can use.


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