2013 Teacher of the Year Celebration
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join hundreds of top business, government and education leaders as they honor our best teachers and learn which teacher will become South Carolina’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year! It's the largest celebration of South Carolina public education.
For a look at the five finalists for the 2013 SC Teacher of the Year, click here.
2013 Honorary Host Committee
- Gov. Nikki Haley
- Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell
- Dr. Mick Zais, SC Education Superintendent
- Sen. Hugh Leatherman, Chairman, Senate Finance Committee
- Sen. John Courson, President Pro Tem and Chairman of the Senate Education Committee
- Sen. Harvey Peeler, Senate Majority Leader
- Sen. Nikki Setzler, Senate Minority Leader
- Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell
- Rep. Brian White, Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
- Rep. Jay Lucas, House Speaker Pro Tem
- Rep. Phil Owens, Chairman. House Education Committee
- Rep. Bruce Bannister, House Majority Leader
- Rep. J. Todd Rutherford, House Minority Leader
- Rep. Harold Mitchell Jr., Chairman, SC Legislative Black Caucus
Vice President and General Manager Boeing South Carolina
Timeline for 2013 Teacher of the Year Celebration
Wednesday, May 1st
For Teachers (See Below for More Detail):
3 p.m. Hotel and Teacher of the Year Registration begins at Sheraton Columbia Downtown. Teachers and their guests need to register here, at the hotel, for the Teacher of the Year Celebration — NOT at the convention center. (Dress for the evening is business formal.)
4:00 – 5:15 Photographer available (at the Columbia Museum of Art) to take commemorative photos for all TOYS. (With 87 teachers, arriving early for your picture will ensure you have time to enjoy the Kickoff Reception!)
For All — At the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (See Below for More Detail)
5:45 — Teachers of the Year to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, site of the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration.
6:00 – Donor and guest registration opens for the 2012 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration. (Dress is business formal.)
6:00 — 7:00 - "Networking with Your Neighbors" reception, sponsored by BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
7:00 – 7:50 – Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 – South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration!
Thursday, May 2nd
9:15 – Teachers walk across Sumter Street to begin Statehouse Visit sponsored by Mueller's Pasta.
9:30 – Press conference and special announcement by Gov. Nikki Haley and Bojangles' CEO and former South Carolina public school student Randy Kibler.
10:00 — Teachers recognized in state House, followed by state Senate
Around Noon – Teachers board bus for ride back to hotel. SC Teacher of the Year Celebration concludes!
For teachers, the early hours of the evening revolve around the Sheraton. Registration for teachers will occur at the hotel, and a Kick-Off reception for teachers and their guests (dinner registered guests only, please) begins at 4:30 at the Columbia Museum of Art sponsored by Data Recognition Corp. Representatives from SC's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement will be available to greet and assist teachers. There, all district Teachers of the Year have a chance to get a complimentary photo made, and then mingle and enjoy refreshments.
For all guests, the teacher arrival at 5:55 is a chance to cheer on the teachers in an informal setting before the "Networking with Your Neighbors" Reception sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield begins at 6 p.m. in the convention center. There, the state’s top educators, CEOs and lawmakers have an opportunity to mingle while enjoying the complimentary open bar and free-flowing hors d’oeuvres. Registration for non-teacher donors and guests begins at 6 p.m., with the assistance of South Carolina Teaching Fellows.
Shortly before 7 p.m., dinner bells will chime and the crowd will move into an elegantly decorated ballroom where patrons will enjoy a delicious dinner. About 7:45, preparations begin for the formal part of the evening, which is taped by SCETV for re-broadcast across the TimeWarner Cable network to roughly 500,000 households.
Emcee Mark Quinn, former host of SCETV’s “The Big Picture”, kicks off the evening with introductions of all district Teachers of the Year. State Education Superintendent Dr. Mick Zais will welcome the crowd. Also appearing: the winner of the "This School's Got Talent" statewide talent search, sponsored by BB&T and organized by SC Future Minds. The winner will be announced April 1.
The evening is scheduled to end promptly at 9 p.m. shortly after announcement of the 2013-14 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
See you at the largest celebration of South Carolina public education!
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