Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Two outstanding second- or third-year teachers have been recognized as 2021-22 Emerging Teachers of the Year. They are Matt DeHart, fifth grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School, and Caroline Black, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Northwood Middle School. They were presented with awards and prizes today by Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster during a special Teacher of the Year breakfast.

Greenville Federal Credit Union serves as the presenting sponsor for the Emerging Teachers of the Year Program. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for his/her school. Additional sponsors include the Bank of Travelers Rest, Chick Fil-A of Greer, Expressions Unlimited, Herff Jones of SC, and T-Mobile.

Matt DeHartElementary Level

Matt DeHart, Fifth Grade
Heritage Elementary School

Heritage Elementary fifth grade teacher Matt DeHart teaches students the subjects they need to master, but equally important, he prepares them for life. His students learn manners, how to make eye contact with adults, how to dress for success by wearing dresses, suits and ties, and teaches them that kindness matters as much as academic excellence. During the spring 2020 closure of schools, Mr. DeHart live-streamed his lessons every day and held after-school tutoring sessions on Google for students who needed extra help.

Caroline BlackSecondary Level

Caroline Black, Seventh Grade English Language Arts
Northwood Middle School

Caroline Black, seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Northwood Middle, is eager to collaborate with her colleagues to solve problems. She is an asset to the OnTrack team, frequently offering to serve as an advocate for students. Outside the school, she serves as the soccer coach and will be a Student Council sponsor this year. During the pandemic, when so many things were taken away from students, she created Fun Fridays to give students a brain break and encourage some friendly competition between homeroom classes.

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