Originally from England, Matthew Carrington studied abroad at the College of Charleston in 2004-2005 as part of his undergraduate degree in American studies from the University of Nottingham, UK. He returned to CofC in 2010 when he began a Masters in Elementary Education and was given the Outstanding Student award for his graduating class in 2012. He is now into his fourth year of teaching at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in Charleston, SC. Ashley River has been recognized across the nation as a leader in Arts Education, and Matthew is passionate about teaching through the arts. Matthew received the school’s Rookie Teacher of the Year award in his first year of teaching, and at the end of his third year was chosen by the Ashley River faculty as their 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. As assistant coach of the school robotics team, he helped plan and carry out a successful school-wide STEAMfest, and he also implements in-school technology trainings for parents and faculty. He was recently chosen by Charleston County to be part of the Digital Learning Cohort, a pilot program to deploy iPads in select classrooms, and is passionate about connecting with classrooms around the world using technologies such as Skype and Twitter (@TeachingSC). He recently had two proposals accepted to present at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Denver, CO this summer. In his spare time he is assistant coach of a U10 club soccer team, and plays for a team in the Charleston City Soccer League. Please see the video below that he shares with his students. Way to Go Matthew!