Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018

GCS Announces Ten Finalists for 2018-19 Teacher of the Year

Ten finalists have been selected in the 2018-19 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program. They are, in alphabetical order: 

  • Reem Alnatour, 3rd Grade, Fork Shoals School
  • Matthew Boone, 7th Grade English Language Arts, Northwood Middle School
  • Kristen Chambers, 2nd Grade, Plain Elementary School
  • Katherine King, 7th Grade Social Studies, Lakeview Middle School
  • Steffanie Martin, 2nd Grade, Taylors Elementary School
  • Molly Mosley, 3rd Grade, Brushy Creek Elementary School
  • Corey Ramey, French, Wade Hampton High School
  • Rick Schwartz, Intro to Manufacturing, Greer High School
  • Shelley Smith, Social Studies, Travelers Rest High School
  • Sarah Smoke, English as a Second Language, Mitchell Road Elementary School

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, 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 2018-19 Teacher of the Year will be made in August.

Profiles of Top Ten Finalists

Reem Alnatour, 3rd Grade, Fork Shoals SchoolReem Alnatour, 3rd Grade, Fork Shoals School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 14
Education – Bachelor’s, California Lutheran University; Master’s, American College of Education 


Matthew Boone, 7th Grade English Language Arts, Northwood Middle SchoolMatthew Boone, 7th Grade English Language Arts, Northwood Middle School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 7
Education – Bachelor’s, Bob Jones University; Master’s Furman University 


Kristen Chambers, 2nd Grade, Plain Elementary SchoolKristen Chambers, 2nd Grade, Plain Elementary School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 19
Education – Bachelor’s, Winthrop University; Master’s, Southern Wesleyan University


Katherine King, 7th Grade Social Studies, Lakeview Middle SchoolKatherine King, 7th Grade Social Studies, Lakeview Middle School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 3
Education – Bachelor’s. Furman University; Master’s, Clemson University


Steffanie Martin, 2nd Grade, Taylors Elementary SchoolSteffanie Martin, 2nd Grade, Taylors Elementary School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 10
Education – Bachelor’s, Furman University


Molly Mosley, 3rd Grade, Brushy Creek Elementary SchoolMolly Mosley, 3rd Grade, Brushy Creek Elementary School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 6
Education – Bachelor’s, USC Upstate; Master’s, North Greenville University


Corey Ramey, French, Wade Hampton High SchoolCorey Ramey, French, Wade Hampton High School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 5
Education – Bachelor’s, Winthrop University; Master’s, Anderson University


Rick Schwartz, Intro to Manufacturing, Greer High SchoolRick Schwartz, Intro to Manufacturing, Greer High School
Total Years of Teaching Experience - 26
Education – Bachelor’s and Master’s, Clemson University


Shelley Smith, Social Studies, Travelers Rest High SchoolShelley Smith, Social Studies, Travelers Rest High School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 5
Education – Bachelor’s and Master’s, Clemson University


Sarah Smoke, English as a Second Language, Mitchell Road Elementary SchoolSarah Smoke, English as a Second Language, Mitchell Road Elementary School
Total Years of Teaching Experience – 15
Education – Bachelor’s, Baptist Bible College; Master’s, Furman University



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