Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
American Education Week - November 16-20, 2015
Wednesday, November 18 - Educator Appreciation Day
Today we recognize the dedication of our teachers, counselors, media specialists, instructional coaches, APs, and principals working together to develop college and career-ready graduates.
Jennifer Dodds, Assistant Principal, Chandler Creek Elementary
Mrs. Dodds brings ideas and strategies to every administrative team meeting. As an administrator in a school with an 80 percent poverty index, Dodds spearheaded a fifth grade trip to take students to the NASCAR Museum in Charlotte to work directly with force and motion. She organized the Real Men Read program where strong male role models read to students. She was also instrumental in bringing the Google First Technology Club to her school to educate students about computer coding.
Nicky Andrews, Principal, Greenbrier Elementary
Greenbrier Elementary is the School of Kindness, and Nicky Andrews is the Principal of Kindness. Her desk is lined with notes from staff members thanking her for some kindness she has shown them. Greenbrier has increased the percentage of student scoring Met and Exemplary on SC PASS, and has achieved a school letter grade of A for the past two years. Most recently, Mrs. Andrews led Greenbrier to receive a $260,000 grant to increase student achievement for at-risk students.
Molli McDaniels, Second Grade Teacher, Berea Elementary
Molli McDaniels transforms learning by holding students to high expectations while providing trust and encouragement. Classroom tools include a reading binder filled with data to accurately track their progress and to adjust instruction to meet their needs. Anchor charts are posted around the classroom to review strategies previously learned.
Amy Hegarty, Science, Greenville Sr. High Academy
Amy Hegarty breaks down assignments into manageable chunks and gets her tests, quizzes, and other assignments translated for her non-English speaking students in ESOL classes. In her first year of teaching, her End-of-Course pass rate was an exceptional 90 percent.
Tomiko Long, School Counselor, Sevier Middle
As the eighth grade counselor, one of Tomiko Long’s major responsibilities is to collaborate with teachers, parents and students with the goal of improving each student’s academic and social development. “I work well with the teachers and I’m an advocate for the students. There are times when I intervene when a student doesn’t feel comfortable talking to their teacher, so we will go together,” she said.
Inspiration happens here every day. Powerful. Enlightening. Limitless.
Greenville County Schools is celebrating American Education Week with other schools and districts across the nation during the week of November 16-20 with the theme Inspiration happens here every day. Powerful. Enlightening. Limitless.
Greenville County Schools, the nation’s 44th largest school district, understands and encourages the active involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community as our more than 5,000 teachers inspire young people to work together to educate college- and career-ready graduates.
Schools will host special events during the week to spotlight teachers and other staff. Parents and other community members are invited to visit a local school to observe the outstanding students, staff and programs of Greenville County Schools. To find your local schools, click here.
About Greenville County Schools
- Largest District in SC; 44th Largest in Nation
- More than 76,000 Students in Grades K-12
- The GCS Class of 2015 received $118.5 million in college scholarships.
- About 15% of our students attend school on choice, making GCS the state leader.
- GCS students scored above the state and national averages on the SAT and ACT College Entrance Tests.
- Nine out of 10 GCS juniors earned National Career Readiness Certificates.
- About 9,600 Employees; About 5,000 Teachers
- 99% of teachers are highly qualified content experts.
- GCS boasts more National Board Certified Teachers (667) than 24 states, and we rank 13th of 14,000 school districts in the nation for total number of NBCTs.
- Elementary - 51
- Middle - 20
- High - 14
- Centers - 17 (Career, Child Development, Special)