Teachers transform children’s lives, empowering them for a bright future. SC Future Minds’ cornerstone mission is to honor and uplift the teaching profession and highlight the value they bring to our education system.
A 2014 U.S. Dept of Education study found that teachers leaving the profession reported more than twice as much “professional prestige” in their new jobs and “working conditions” – which includes respect – as among the top reasons for teacher turnover.
SC Future Minds seeks to honor teachers not only through organizing the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration, but also through programs designed to celebrate teachers year-round.
Each year, SC Future Minds hosts a celebration to announce the South Carolina Teacher of the Year. The event brings together government officials, business leaders, and educators to honor teachers who are helping push South Carolina forward.
In 2010, SC Future Minds began celebrating May as Teacher Appreciation Month and, since 2011 Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed each May as South Carolina Teacher Appreciation Month.
Throughout May, SC Future Minds encourages current and former students to write tributes to their favorite teacher on our website. At the end of the month, one teacher chosen randomly is awarded a five-day Caribbean cruise from SCFM partner Bojangles’.
Additionally, billboards around the state honor local district Teachers of the Year and the local businesses that sponsored their appearance at the Teacher of the Year Celebration.
In the early spring months leading up to the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration, SC Future Minds partners with Bojangles’ to give out roughly 3,000 books annually to the state’s district Teachers of the Year. Each district Teacher of the Year receives about 50 books with a nameplate inside noting that each book is given to the school in that teacher’s honor by Bojangles’.
SC Future Minds’ “Donate Now” button makes it easy to give tax-deductible gifts to a school in honor of a great teacher. Parents often find a donation an easy, stress-free gift for a teacher.