Teacher Tributes

Ms. Trynee Thomas

Heyward Gibbes Middle School

Ms. Trynee Thomas is a 7th grade math teacher who has been teaching with Richland School District One for 16 years. Ms.Thomas strives to be an asset in her students’ lives by nurturing their talents and supporting them during their struggles and challenges. She holds students to high expectations, encourages them to take academic risks, and provides effective learning opportunities. She is focused on empowering students so they can empower themselves.

Nominated By: Adrian Goodman

Richland School District One

Ms. Nnenna Anorou

Heyward Gibbes Middle School

Nnenna Anorou is a 6th-7th grade math teacher who has been teaching in Richland School District One for 2 years. Ms. Anorou’s love for STEM is evident in her inspirational instruction. Her greatest pride as a teacher comes from the academic and social growth she nurtures in her students, and in their increased acknowledgment of the power of taking risks and learning from others. She is a lifelong learner and continuously seeks out opportunities to build her capacity to make learning rigorous, engaging and accessible to all students.

Nominated By: Adrian Goodman

Richland School District One

Elizabeth Odom

South Florence High School

Mrs. Odom motivates and empowers her students to express themselves as artists. She understands how to teach a young artist how to explore their creative mind and hold them accountable to the goals of their works.

She has implemented National Art Honor Society at South Florence and currently has over 50 members. She has also brought back AP Art to South Florence and in her first year teaching AP art all three of her students received AP credit and passes their AP exams with high marks. This year she has eight AP Art students and most, if not all, are projected to pass their AP Art exam.

She has received the South Florence High School Teacher of the Month award and was nominated for South Florence High School Teacher of the Year last school year.

She is an excellent example for how teachers should work with and motivate their students.

Nominated By: Matthew

Florence School District One

Mr. Carl Scales

Alice Drive Elementary

Mr. Scales is our energetic and extremely talented music teacher at Alice Drive Elementary. He takes time out of his busy day to mentor male students experiencing difficulties with behavior within the classroom. He’s also amped up our music program by having our students perform musicals for the public, such as Lion King and this year’s Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Scales is also heading up the Run Hard program, to train male students to run a 5K in the spring. He also plays the trombone for the Sumter County Community Band. As you can see from the multitude of activities, Mr. Scales supports the growth and development of the whole child. He’s our school’s very own Super Hero.

Nominated By: Karen Buffalo

Sumter School District

Keith Johnson

Rollings Middle School of the Arts

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented educators during my 30+ year teaching career. Without a doubt, however, eighth grade English teacher Keith Johnson tops the list. Thanks to his dedication to and love of teaching, Keith seamlessly combines reading, writing, and grammar with technology, the arts, and humor to keep all of his students engaged, on task, and learning.

Nominated By: Julie Stephenson

Dorchester Distrct Two

Tammie H Granger

W. B. Goodwin Elementary School

Mrs. Granger has been that person that can be depended on for her 34 years of teaching. She has always been the last to leave and one of the first to arrive and untold number of hours at home working on lesson plans or spreadsheets for school. She has spent 23 years teaching Kindergarten-2nd grade and 11 years as the computer lab instructor teaching computer skills and internet safety to grades K through 5th in Title 1 schools. She has always been the one everyone goes to if they have an issue. It doesn’t matter if it is a printer that doesn’t work, an IPad that will not log on or start, the MAP testing schedule for a classroom needs to be adjusted, or someone be it a teacher or student just needs that someone to listen to what problem is on their mind today. She has had rough years just like others have the ones where she would call me and ask if I would be mad if she quit only to call me the next day to say it is all worth it. That the mother of a former student called to tell her if it wasn’t for her her son would not be graduating as Valedictorian of Burke High school and had received a full scholarship to Clemson University. There seem to be former students everywhere we go who remember her and tell her she is the reason they wanted to do good in school not just for her but for themselves. This her last year is the hardest for her because she feels there is so much more she can do and doesn’t what to leave any child behind that needs that little extra help or just someone who will listen and try to understand what their problem at the time is. These are just a few of the things that make her my Teaching Hero.

Nominated By: Robert Granger

Charleston County School District

Mary Huffman

Carolina Park Elementary

She has constant energy and excitement to encourage students to learn and achieve full potential. She also makes the classroom in inviting environment with fun activities to promote excitement in learning. Some examples are group activities such as rap songs, big pillow study areas, inviting guest speaker and a display of history that competes with museums! This is just all withing the first month of school.

Nominated By: Lisa Schuette

Charleston County schools

Taylor Campbell

RB Stall

I enjoy the energy of her classroom. She establishes a safe and differentiated environment, so to reach all of our students. She is so logical, supportive, and goes the extra mile; her classroom is where everyone wants to be!

Nominated By: Rebecca Piersol

CCSD

Mary Huffman

Carolina park elementary

She is so nice, and she is an incredible social studies and reading teacher and I really think that she is the best teacher I have ever had!

Nominated By: Morgan Vandiver

Charleston county

Mary Huffman

Carolina park elementary

Mrs.Huffman is super nice and an incredible social studies and reading teacher. And I believe that she is the best teacher I have ever had.

Nominated By: Morgan Vanfi

Charleston county school district