Teachers honored at the event included:
Abbeville School District 60 Teacher of the Year Alyssa Mann teaches third grade at Diamond Hill Elementary School in Abbeville. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Erskine College and a master’s degree from Lander University. Mann believes she inspires her students by being passionate about what she is teaching and loving every minute of her time with her students.
Anderson School District One Teacher of the Year Kristen Hearne is the library media specialist at Wren Middle School in Anderson and strives to create an atmosphere of respect and encouragement so that students are comfortable with questioning and exploring while in her classroom. According to Hearne, the best part of her job is getting to work with every member of the Wren Middle School community.
Anderson School District Three Teacher of the Year Sarah Jordan has been an art teacher at Starr-Iva Middle School in Iva for six years. She enjoys being able to teach the same students from their sixth grade year through their eighth grade year and seeing them grow as artists and individuals. Her goal is to teach her students in Starr Iva that even though they live in a rural community, the world is in their grasp through technology, culture and knowledge.
Anderson School District Four Teacher of the Year Leah Durham teaches at Townville Elementary School, instructing four-year-olds through sixth graders general music, fourth through sixth graders choir as well as sixth grade band. Durham works to inspire her students by exploring many different aspects of music, from listening and analyzing to creating and performing. They, in turn, inspire her with their creativity and openness to new experiences.
Pickens School District Teacher of the Year Jean Toole is a chorus and theater teacher at Liberty High School, where she enjoys watching her students grow and become more expressive in and through the arts. She is a strong advocate for the importance of the arts in the total education experience of each child.
“Bojangles’ is proud to continue its support of education in the Palmetto State,” said Bojangles’ President and CEO Randy Kibler. “Partnering with South Carolina Future Minds and the Teacher of the Year program for the third consecutive year gives us the opportunity to thank South Carolina’s outstanding teachers for their dedication to the nearly 700,000 students currently enrolled in the public education system.”
This year Bojangles’ will be donating nearly 3,000 books in honor of District Teachers of the Year, and since 2010 the company has donated more than 9,000 books to public schools across the state. In addition, Bojangles’ treated these great teachers as well as their colleagues, friends, family and students to Bojangles’ delicious chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, one-of-a-kind fixin’s, Legendary Iced Tea™ and delectable sweet treats like Bo-Berry Biscuits®.
Visit www.Bojangles.com to learn more about Bojangles’ partnership with the Teacher of the Year program or www.SCFutureMinds.org for more information about S.C. Future Minds.
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About South Carolina Future Minds
In addition to organizing the annual Teacher of the Year Celebration, South Carolina Future Minds serves as the main charitable vehicle for the 700,000 children in South Carolina’s public schools. The foundation organizes efforts to recruit, retain and support amazing teachers, strengthens and creates local education foundations and operates as the conduit for corporate and individual gifts to strengthen public schools. More information is available at www.scfutureminds.org.