School Awards

2017-2018 Awards

Ivie Greaves

Golden Apple Award 

Ivie Greaves, Oakview Elementary First Grade Teacher, earned the WYFF News 4 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Click here to see the video!


Oakview Earns Energy Star Certification from EPA   

Energy Star AwardOakview earned the ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This certification means our building is performing better than 75% of similar buildings nationwide, based on the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Score.


2016-2017 Awards

Oakview Earns State Recognition

Rising StarOakview Elementary School received the “Rising Star” Award by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control!  The award is given in recognition of our efforts in the areas of recycling and composting.  Did you know that Oakview composts food waste from daily lunch trays which is then used in many of our outdoor habitats?  Great job, Oakview Owls!!


Gates Foundation Selects Oakview Teacher

Sherrie BrookieSherrie Brookie, Oakview Elementary School Challenge teacher, caught the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation after receiving funding for a Donors Choose grant she recently submitted.  The grant funded the purchase of Chromebooks for her students to access instructional video clips developed by Brookie.  After the grant was awarded, Mrs. Brookie was invited to serve as a panel judge for the national Gates Innovation Project.  She will score 30 competitive projects from educators across America for the Foundation. For her work, Mrs. Brookie will also receive a $200 Donors Choose gift card which she can then use for additional materials/supplies in her classroom!  Congratulations to Mrs. Brookie!


2015-2016 Awards

Oakview Receives $1400 Grant for Drama Instruction

Challenge Teacher, Sandy Young, won the Metropolitan Arts Council Grant for $1400.00.  The Metropolitan Arts Council supports local artists, art organizations, and art education throughout Greenville. The grant will be used to purchase a special projector for future Oakview Players' productions. Ms. Young has been awarded this grant for the second year in a row.


Palmetto Gold Award

Oakview has once again earned a Palmetto Gold Award from the South Carolina Department of Education!  This is our 14th consecutive Palmetto Gold Award and continues the school’s longstanding tradition of high academic performance.  The Palmetto Gold/Silver Award program is designed to recognize and reward schools for attaining high levels of absolute performance, for attaining high rates of growth, and for making substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between disaggregated groups.


Faculty & Staff Receive United Way Campaign of Excellence Award

 
 
Congratulations to Oakview faculty and staff for receiving a 2015-2016 Campaign of Excellence Award from Greenville County United Way.  The award recognizes 100% of the faculty and staff who participated in the campaign with a total of $9,508 pledged!

 

 


Staff Honors and Awards

Teacher of the Year

  • 2021-2022  Ellen Hearn
  • 2020-2021  Liz Teeple
  • 2019-2020  Charnley Demeritt
  • 2018-2019  Catherine Agnew
  • 2017-2018 Sarah Poole
  • 2016-2017 Mary Downing
  • 2015-2016 Gwendolyn Brown
  • 2014-2015 Jake Gambrell (3rd Runner Up at the District Level)
  • 2013-2014 Jen Miller
  • 2012-2013 Kelly Curry
  • 2011-2012 Beth Douglas
  • 2010-2011 Barbara Reeves
  • 2009-2010 Jane Gomez
  • 2008-2009 Donna Bradt (3rd Runner Up at the District Level)
  • 2007-2008 Leadaire Peay
  • 2006-2007 Betsy Shuler
  • 2005-2006 Emily Gerard
  • 2004-2005 Susan Gray 
  • 2003-2004 Ruth Power
  • 2002-2003 Sabrina Ferguson
  • 2001-2002 Terri Wheeler-Hawkins
  • 2000-2001 Bill Smarr
  • 1999-2000 Patsy Edwards
  • 1998-1999 Lynn Gaston
  • 1997-1998 Kasia Szymanska
  • 1996-1997 Celeste Bomely
  • 1995-1996 Kathy Miller

National Board Certified Teachers

  • Ashley Nettles
  • Betsy Shuler
  • Judy Perecko
  • Gwendolyn Brown
  • Kelly Curry
  • Cheryl Russell
  • Heather Nash
  • Jennifer Roberts

Other Honors

2017

Katelin Hawkins

Katelin Hawkins, music teacher, received a $500 ABC Grant! The funds from the grant were used for professional development for Mrs. Hawkins as she expands her teaching strategies with students.


Mrs. Kasia Szymanska named Oakview's PTA Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017

2016

Art Teacher, Karissa Page

Art Teacher, Karissa Page, was awarded South Carolina PTA 2015-2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Page was selected as the winner for the entire state of South Carolina at the elementary level.  



Challenge Teacher, Sandy YoungChallenge Teacher, Sandy Young, won the Metropolitan Arts Council Grant for $1400.  The Metropolitan Arts Council supports local artists, art organizations, and art education throughout Greenville.  The grant will be used to purchase a special projector for future Oakview Players' productions. Ms. Young has been awarded this grant for the second year in a row.


2015

  • Chris Jacobs won the "Elementary Science Teacher of the Year" for Greenville County Schools. To learn more, click here
  • Mrs. DeMeritt, Ms. Page, and Mrs. Mulheim received a $250 grant from the Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District to create a mural on the wall outside the Science Lab from recycled objects. The students in the Earth Savers and art clubs will plan, design, promote, and create the mural. Recycled materials such as bottle caps, CDs, corks, and Sprite bottles will be collected from students, staff, and the community and used to create the voted upon design. The project will culminate with a formal presentation of the finished mural to Oakview's administration, PTA, and other district staff. This mural will be a permanent reminder to all who pass by that Oakview places an emphasis on recycling and being kind to our environment.
  • Sandy Young Wins GrantChallenge teacher, Sandy Young, recently won the Metropolitan Arts Council Grant for $1500. The Metropolitan Arts Council supports local artists, art organizations and art education throughout Greenville. The grant will be used to purchase special lights for Oakview Players' productions and to enhance our ONN (Owl News Network) news show.
  • First Grade Teacher, Kasia SzymanksaCongratulations to first grade teacher, Kasia Szymanska. She was recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Simpsonville Post 1845 as their Teacher of the Year. The award celebrates teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America's history and traditions.

2014

Terri Wheeler Hawkins receives national award

Oakview Elementary Assistant Principal Terri Wheeler-Hawkins, previously named Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, was recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year Program. SC State Superintendent-elect, Molly Spearman, was on hand to share the award with Mrs. Wheeler-Hawkins in recognition of her support to assure quality education for children during their early years in school. Click here to read how Mrs. Wheeler-Hawkins has made Oakview Elementary a better place to learn!

Higgins

Heather Higgins receives Miracle Worker award for her heroic efforts to save a life using her First Responder training through the district.

 

  • Kristen Angelo named Science Teacher of the Year for Greenville County
  • Jake Gambrell one of the Top 10 District Finalists for Teacher of the Year
  • Terri Wheeler-Hawkins named Oakview PTA Principal of the Year
  • Heather Higgins named Oakview's PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Beth Mitchell named Oakview's PTA Support Staff of the Year

2013

  • Kasia Szymanska (First Grade Teacher) recognized as one of 10 Educators Who Make a Difference in Upstate Parent Magazine
  • Terri Wheeler-Hawkins named South Carolina Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year
  • Terri Wheeler-Hawkins named Greenville County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year
  • Terri Wheeler-Hawkins named Oakview PTA Principal of the Year
  • Kristen Angelo named Oakview's PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Gwen Daughtry named Oakview's PTA Support Staff of the Year
  • Starr Boone recognized as Oakview's Science Teacher of the Year

2012

  • Dr. Reavis earns South Carolina PTA Outstanding Elementary Principal of the Year
  • Kasia Szymanska recognized as Oakview's Science of Teacher of the Year
  • Kasia Szymanska recognized as Oakview's PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Emily Gerard was chosen to attend a one-week Landmarks institute for schoolteachers, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the spring of 1775, the towns of Lexington and Concord became targets, scenes, and symbols of actions which would ignite a war culminating in the birth of a new country. In those towns were people caught at the crossroads of Revolution. At the Crossroads of Revolution: Lexington and Concord in 1775 is designed to immerse our participants in the evocative eighteenth-century landscapes of those towns, as well as the port city of Boston, to examine the decisions and dilemmas involved in the events of 1775 and the subsequent interpretations and uses of those events. The Massachusetts Historical Society, Minute Man National Park, the Concord Museum, the Old Manse, and other sites in Concord, Lexington, and Boston offer this program.

2011

  • Amy Bell recognized as Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher for 2012-2013
  • Samantha Meyers awarded by RBC Bank’s “Tribute to Teachers” program.
    Samantha was selected from 2,200 nominations statewide for her service to the students, school, and community. She received a check for classroom use in the amount of $500 and will now be considered for a $2,000 award in the spring.
  • Patti Parker named PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Clare Laye named Oakview's Science Teacher of the Year 

2010

  • Emily Gerard recognized by PTA as Teacher Volunteer of the Year
  • Emily Gerard named Golden Apple Award winning teacher from WYFF-TV
  • Beth Douglas recognized as Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher 

2009

  • Christina Emmons named Oakview's Science Teacher of the Year
  • Donna Bradt named PTA Teacher of the Year

2008

  • Kathy Miller received Greenville County Science Teachers' Distinguished Service to Education Award
  • Kristen Angelo named Oakview Science Teacher of the Year
  • Donna Bradt named one of the district's top 10 Teachers of the Year for 2009
  • Wendy Scolamiero named PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Heather Moore receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website
  • Mandy McCurry receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website 
  • Christina Bolt receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website 

2007

  • Carolyn Lattimore receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website
  • Donna Bradt receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website
  • Jane Gomez named Oakview's Science Teacher of the Year
  • Lisa Greenway named Oakview's Outstanding Science Teacher
  • Stephanie Nichols named PTA Teacher of the Year

2006

  • Donna Bradt receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website
  • Emily Gerard named PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Carolyn Lattimore named Golden Apple Award winning teacher from WYFF-TV
  • Leadaire Peay named Golden Apple Award winning teacher from WYFF-TV
  • Leadaire Peay named Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher

2005

  • Emily Gerard receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website 
  • Mr. Ray Cox--Greenville County Science Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Barbara Sebree--Golden Apple Award Winner
  • Mrs. Kasia Szymanska Third Place for Greenville County's Reading Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Kasia Szymanska receives Webmaster's Choice Gold Award for her teacher website
  • Mrs. Margaret Ables - Golden Apple Award Winner
  • Mrs. Kathy Miller--Project Learning Tree: Green Works! Community Action and Service Learning Grant

2004

  • Mrs. Kristi Haarsgaard Runner-Up to the District Reading Teacher Award
  • Mrs. Kristi Haarsgaard--Oakview's Reading Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Betsy Deichmann  Oakview's Science Teacher of the Year

2003 

  • Mrs. Kathy Miller--Oakview's PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Ruth Powers--Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Betsy Deichmann--Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year

2002 

  • Mrs. Patsy Edwards-Outstanding District Science Teacher
  • Mrs. Kathy Miller, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, $7,500

2001

  • Mrs. Eve Lewis, Golden Apple Award
  • Mrs. Kathy Miller, Greenville County Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher

2000 

  • Mrs. Dianne McGee--Fine Arts Center Grant 
  • Ms. Ruth Powers--Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher 

1999

  • Mrs. Donna Bradt - Oakview's Distinguished Reading Teacher
  • Science teacher, Kathy Miller, awarded the Christa McAullife Award

1998

  • Mrs. Kathy Miller, Oakview's science lab teacher, won the Greenville County Conservation Teacher of the Year, Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Mrs. Becky Riddle--Distinguished Reading Teacher
  • Mrs. Dianne McGee--Greenville County School District Arts Educator of the Year
  • Mrs. Diane McGee--Target 2000 Arts in Education Grant for $10,000
  • Mrs. Becky Riddle--Golden Apple Award
  • Mrs. Dianne McGee--Honor Teacher of the Year Award
  • Mrs. Kasia Szymanska named Oakview's PTA Teacher of the Year for 1997-1998

1997

  • Mrs. Dianne McGee--Alliance for Quality Education Grant

1996

  • Mrs. Donna Bradt - Top Ten Finalist for Greenville County Teacher of the Year

School Awards Archives

The links below will take you to online PDFs of previous school awards.

2014-2015 School Honors and Awards

2013-2014 School Honors and Awards

2011-2012 School Honors and Awards

2010-2011 School Honors and Awards

2009-2010 School Honors and Awards

2008-2009 School Honors and Awards

2007-2008 School Honors and Awards

2006-2007 School Honors and Awards