Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Awards Presented by Greenville Federal Credit Union
During today’s Teacher of the Year breakfast, Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster announced two Emerging Teachers of the Year.
Brooke Chibbaro, a second grade teacher at Berea Elementary School, was named the Elementary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year, and Travis Farnham, an English teacher at Blue Ridge High School, was named Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year.
The Emerging Teachers of the Year Program, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union, recognizes two second or third year teachers for outstanding performance. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for their school.
Elementary Emerging Teacher of the Year
Brooke Chibbaro has created a classroom environment where students feel safe, comfortable, and part of a family. From the first day, she teaches them to treat others with kindness and to love learning together. She constantly seeks out new ideas, including the opportunity to collaborate with a teacher from Carolina High and Academy to conduct a reading project with their students.
She has proposed a project-based unit for the entire school that includes a grant for a beehive. Mrs. Chibbaro also serves as Berea Elementary’s literacy mentor. In this role, she gathers ideas and brings them back to her team to help them grow as reading teachers.
Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year
Travis Farnham’s commitment to students is evident in numerous ways. He received grants from donorschoose.org and the Greater Greer Education Foundation to update and improve the technology for his broadcast class.
Using Power Hour as an additional opportunity to connect with students, Mr. Farnham not only offers an extra credit book club, but study sessions and assistance before every test. The book club has increased his students’ desire to read independently. He serves as the Head Student Council Advisor and has organized a Blue Ridge Rock Climbing Club to provide opportunities for physical activity for students.