She was selected from 13 representatives from each school in the district.
Her post graduate work was done at Clemson University and undergraduate was from Winthrop College. She taught kindergarten through second grade before changing her career focus to counseling and guidance. She is presently serving as guidance counselor at Hunt Meadows Elementary.
“I am surprised by this awesome recognition,” Ross said. “It is such an honor coming from the teachers I work with each day at Hunt Meadows. I have loved working in Anderson One and never doubted my calling to be a teacher and a counselor. I have always felt that caring and making connections with my students must be the primary focus to help all students be successful. It is most rewarding when a former student comes back to say, ‘You were the reason they became a teacher.’”
Anderson One Superintendent Wayne Fowler said, “Becky Ross is an excellent choice for Anderson One’s Teacher of the Year. She has done an outstanding job as a teacher and as a guidance counselor for our district for the past 19 years. It is evident that she cares about what she does. She is certainly a role model for teachers across the district and state.”
Hunt Meadows Principal Torie Tourtellot said, “Mrs. Ross has made a significant impact on the school climate and culture at Hunt Meadows. She has a “heart for children” and it shows in everything she does. She takes the time to listen and treats students with respect. She is model guidance counselor. We all benefit from her kind, caring and tenderhearted demeanor.”
Ross will represent Anderson District One in the competition for South Carolina Teacher of the Year, will serve on a statewide advisory panel to the State Department of Education, and will receive $1,000 in recognition of his outstanding achievements.
Ross is married to Scott Ross and they have two sons. She is involved at Easley Presbyterian Church and the Easley Junior Women’s Club.
Three other finalists were named: Larry Clark, Jr. with Wren High School, Kathy Cord with Powdersville Middle School and Addie McConomy with Palmetto High. The 13 teachers of the year serve on the Superintendent’s Forum representing each individual school.
Ross will go on to represent the district at the state level.
Teachers of the year by school
Blakely Callaham, Cedar Grove Elementary
Ashley Crocker, Concrete Primary
Becky Ross, Hunt Meadows Elementary
Rachel Brookman, Palmetto Elementary
Jill Hendricks, Powdersville Elementary
Wes Ballard, Spearman Elementary
Taquilla Barksdale West Pelzer Elementary
Chrissy Bamberg, Wren Elementary
Meagan Long, Palmetto Middle School
Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle School
Lori Randall, Wren Middle School
Addie McConomy, Palmetto High School
Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High School