GSSM Alumni recognize the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient

May 2, 2018

Kevin Short is a leader and dynamic science teacher, serving as an AP and Honors Biology teacher, department chair and science liaison at Charleston County School of the Arts. Kevin was recently recognized as his school’s Teacher of the Year and a Top 5 finalist for Charleston County School District Teacher of the Year.

After graduating from GSSM, Kevin Short received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is pursuing a Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education from The Citadel.

In 2008, Kevin became the first GSSM alumnus to serve as a summer research mentor for a current student. He was employed as a Research Associate at ArborGen, a biotechnology company in Summerville. A year later, he made a change and began his teaching career. He is currently in his eighth year in education.

Kevin has been an integral part of GSSM’s satellite summer camps in the Lowcountry for many years. Kevin has been an iTEAMS teacher since the second year of its existence and has also taught at CREATEng since the camp was launched. He engages the students and brings the curriculum to life.

As a science teacher and summer camp instructor, Kevin has impacted the lives of hundreds of South Carolina students and instilled in them an appreciation of science and technology.  To recognize his commitment to South Carolina and GSSM, the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus Award will be presented to him at GSSM’s Commencement on June 2, 2018.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is presented annually by the GSSM Alumni Association to a person who, through their post-GSSM education, work, and personal endeavors, has exemplified the success one can achieve through the foundation of a GSSM education.


About GSSM

Founded in 1988 as a model for advanced STEM education in South Carolina, GSSM is a nationally recognized school serving about four hundred of the state’s most accomplished scholars in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. The school offers uniquely advanced courses in science, mathematics, and engineering at its campus in Hartsville and virtually to partner school districts across the state. Learn more by visiting