Teacher of the Year Process
The process of selecting the ten finalists began last fall when schools and centers selected their individual Teachers of the Year. School level Teachers of the Year completed a comprehensive application that was reviewed and scored by an initial Screening Committee. The judges then scored the top one-third scores and selected the Top Ten finalists.
How Are the Finalists Chosen?
Each Top Ten candidate for Greenville County Teacher of the Year is judged on the completed application, a one-on-one interview (completed by a ZOOM this year) and a virtual classroom observation.
During the spring interview, candidates were judged on their use of effective communication skills, organization of responses to questions, and substance and relevance of response. During the virtual observation, candidates recorded a Google Meet with their class and submitted the video to the judges. The judges scored each observation on the teacher’s knowledge of content, teacher/student interaction, communication skills, instructional delivery, and assessment and feedback.
The members of the Selection Committee are Wade Kolb, Wyche Law Firm and Rotary Club of Greenville; Dr. Betty McConaghy, retired GCS administrator; Shiree Turner Fowler, former Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year; Andy Waters, Herff Jones of South Carolina; and Dr. Phillip Wilder, Clemson University.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Special awards and prizes are provided for the top Greenville County teacher and other honorees. Sponsors include: Bank of Travelers Rest, BMW Manufacturing Company, Chick-fil-A of Greer, Cowart Awards, Eplee + Associates, Expressions Unlimited, Greenville Federal Credit Union, Greenville Journal, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Herff Jones of South Carolina, Jostens, Michelin North America Inc., Papa John’s Pizza, Rotary Club of Greenville, Sam’s Club, and T-Mobile.