Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Top Ten Finalists for 2014-15 GCS Teacher of the Year

Ten finalists have been selected in the 2014-15 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • John Burdick, Sterling School, 7th and 8th Grade Science
  • David Evette, Tanglewood Middle, Special Education
  • Jake Gambrell, Oakview Elementary, Second Grade
  • Kim Gregory, Monarch Elementary, Second Grade
  • Linda Haynes, Greenville Sr. High Academy, Math
  • Grant Hunter, Wade Hampton High, Math
  • Blair Powers, Greenville Middle Academy, 8th Grade Science
  • Jessica Rahn, Monaview Elementary, Fifth Grade
  • Adam Scheuch, Mauldin High, Band and Music Appreciation
  • Leah Stafford, Heritage Elementary, Second Grade

The process of selecting the ten finalists began last fall when schools and centers selected their individual Teacher of the Year. These teachers submitted applications which included a professional biography, their educational history and professional development, community involvement, philosophy of teaching, education issues and trends, the teaching profession, and a personal message to educators and the general public.

Applications were reviewed by a Screening Committee and a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will choose the next Teacher of the Year after participating in classroom observations and individual interviews with the Top Ten. The announcement naming Greenville County’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year will be made in August.

The members of the Selection Committee are Dr. Temi Bidjerano, Furman University; Mrs. Kelly Nalley, former Greenville County Schools and South Carolina Teacher of the Year; Mr. Herb Johnson, Michelin North America; Dr. Betty McConaghy, retired school administrator; and Mr. Scott Powell, The Rotary Club of Greenville.

John Burdick, Sterling School, 7th and 8th Grade Science David Evette, Tanglewood Middle, Special Education Jake Gambrell, Oakview Elementary, Second Grade Kim Gregory, Monarch Elementary, Second Grade Linda Haynes, Greenville Sr. High Academy, Math
 John Burdick, Sterling School, 7th and 8th Grade Science
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 31
National Board Certified
Education – Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University; Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Natural Science, University of South Carolina 
David Evette, Tanglewood Middle, Special Education
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 13
National Board Certified
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Carson Newman College; Special Education General Curriculum Master of Arts in Teaching, University of North Carolina @ Charlotte
Jake Gambrell, Oakview Elementary, Second Grade
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 4
National Board Certified
Education – Associates in Animal Science, Greenville Technical College; Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, North Greenville University; Master of Education in Literacy, Clemson University
Kim Gregory, Monarch Elementary, Second Grade
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 7
National Board Certified
Education – Associates in Psychology, Harford Community College; Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Notre Dame of Maryland University; Master of Education in Quality Schools, Graceland University
Linda Haynes, Greenville Sr. High Academy, Math
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 26
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Furman University; Master of Education in Secondary Education/Mathematics, Clemson University
Grant Hunter, Wade Hampton High, Math Blair Powers, Greenville Middle Academy, 8th Grade Science Jessica Rahn, Monaview Elementary, Fifth Grade Adam Scheuch, Mauldin High, Band and Music Appreciation Leah Stafford, Heritage Elementary, Second Grade
Grant Hunter, Wade Hampton High, Math
Total Years of Teaching Experience - 21
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Mathematics, Clemson University; Master’s in Education, Secondary Mathematics, Cambridge College
Blair Powers, Greenville Middle Academy, 8th Grade Science
Total Years of Teaching Experience - 7
Education – Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Winthrop University; Master of Arts in Teaching Middle School Science, Clemson University
Jessica Rahn, Monaview Elementary, Fifth Grade
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 7
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Furman University; Master of Arts in Literacy, Furman University
Adam Scheuch, Mauldin High, Band and Music Appreciation
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 15
National Board Certified
Education – Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education, Furman University; Master of Music Education, VanderCook College of Music
Leah Stafford, Heritage Elementary, Second Grade
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 8
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Michigan; Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development in Reading, Grand Canyon University; Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership, Southern Wesleyan University

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