Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016

Ten finalists have been selected in the 2016-17 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program. They are, in alphabetical order: 

Krissy BlackAndi BucklessAmanda CathermanKristen GriffinCara Preston McFarlaneJennifer MurphyLori NelsonMatthew PhillipsKatie SaundersMegan Schonhar

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, student achievement, 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 2016-17 Teacher of the Year will be made in August.

The members of the Selection Committee are Mrs. Lillie Lewis, Southern Wesleyan University; Mrs. Kelly Nalley, former Greenville County Schools  and South Carolina Teacher of the Year; Dr. Betty McConaghy, retired school administrator; Mr. Scott Powell, The Rotary Club of Greenville; and Mr. Bill Tyler, Greer Chick-fil-A.

Krissy Black, 8th Grade English/Language Arts, Northwest Middle School

Andi Buckless, First Grade, Stone Elementary Academy

Amanda Catherman, Spanish, Greenville Sr. High Academy

Kristen Griffin, Kindergarten, Buena Vista Elementary School

Cara Preston McFarlane, 9th Grade Special Education, Wade Hampton High School

Jennifer Murphy, Third Grade, Robert E. Cashion Elementary School * National Board Certified

Lori Nelson, School Counselor, Paris Elementary School * National Board Certified

Matthew Phillips, 9th Grade Biology/Life Science, Blue Ridge High School

Katie Saunders, 1st//2nd Primary Multiage Class, Bethel Elementary School

Megan Schonhar, English, Greer Middle College Charter High School

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