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Teacher Spotlights 2022

June 2022Rachel Grabski

BEREA HIGH SCHOOL - Congratulations to Rachel Grabski, third grade teacher at Berea Elementary, and the June 2022 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight award.

Most people have their favorite - Microsoft or Google, right?

But Mrs. Grabski has proven she is a master of both. Prior to her service at Berea Elementary, she was a Microsoft Trainer in another district, but these days you can find her using Google Slides, Drawings, and more to engage her students, build community, and guide her math instruction.

Outside her classroom, Mrs. Grabski enjoys helping her teammates integrate technology into lessons and collaborating with colleagues to make math relevant and engaging through technology tools like Flipgrid and Pear Deck. Her colleagues describe her as fearless when it comes to experimenting, trying new tools, and encouraging her students and teammates to do the same.

Special thanks to Lenovo, Discovery Education, Super Duper Publications, and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

May 2022Erica Drew

DUNCAN CHAPEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Congratulations to Erica Drew, 1st grade teacher at Duncan Chapel Elementary, and the May 2022 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight Award.

A long educational debate has centered around whether good teaching practices are an art or a science - if good teachers are born or if they are taught. Spend any amount of time with this month’s Teacher Spotlight winner, and you will undoubtedly agree that teaching is both an art and a science, a skill and a gift.

From the moment she walks into the doors of Duncan Chapel Elementary school each day, her positive attitude and eagerness to be a leader in the world of educational technology radiates from her. She integrates technology naturally and authentically and is always willing to try new tools with her students. She might have trouble narrowing down her favorite technology tools, but Seesaw definitely makes the list because it allows her students to create, collaborate, and think creatively in her classroom.

But she doesn’t just make an impact in the classroom, she has also made her mark as a mentor and leader as well. She is a leader in her professional learning community, has presented both at her school and at the Upstate Technology Conference, and has committed to long-term robotics and coding lessons.

Special thanks to Lenovo and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

April 2022Nikki Smith

MAULDIN HIGH SCHOOL - Congratulations to Nikki Smith, math teacher at Mauldin High School and the April 2022 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight award.

Nikki was nominated for this award because she is fearless when it comes to trying new digital tools and ideas. For her, technology is more than just another tool in her toolbox, it is her way of engaging students with content in meaningful ways that would be impossible otherwise. She understands using technology effectively requires balance, and she knows the best time to share technology-rich activities and the best time to engage students with non-digital strategies. She is innovative, she is creative, and she helps her students see the value of learning mathematics through technology.

But this teacher is not just skilled in using technology in her classroom. Through the years, she has also made her mark by attending national conferences to hone her craft, sharing her experiences with colleagues, and spending time serving on the school's Instructional and Technology Leadership Team where she served as a mentor, led professional development sessions, and modeled lessons for other teachers. We are honored to have Nikki Smith at Mauldin High and Greenville County Schools.

Special thanks to Lenovo, Discovery Education, Super Duper Publications, and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

March 2022Hannah Klumpe

BEREA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Congratulations to Hannah Klumpe, 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Berea Middle School, and the March 2022 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight award.

Mrs. Klumpe not only understands the significance of both classroom management and effective technology integration, but is willing to take some risks to give her students authentic opportunities to use and learn with technology.

Mrs. Klumpe’s colleagues describe her as conscientious and detailed, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding and using the best technology tools for her students. In addition to using NearPod almost daily in her classroom, she is a proud graduate of the Nearpod Educator Training offered by GCS and shares her knowledge as a Nearpod Certified Trainer with colleagues within and outside of her school and district. She contributes to the Google Classroom professional development community by creating videos and tutorials for her colleagues and is always willing to learn something new for her students.

Special thanks to Lenovo, Discovery Education, Super Duper Publications, and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

February 2022Brandy Smith

BRUSHY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Congratulations to Brandy Smith, second grade teacher at Brushy Creek Elementary, and the February 2022 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight award.

Brandy was nominated for this month’s award by the Instructional Technology Team because of her commitment to teach her students to use technology not just for efficiency or entertainment, but to help them experience learning in ways that would be impossible without it. Book Creator and Kami are just some of the tools that have been regular gems in her treasury for differentiating instruction and challenging students to be creators and not just consumers of technology.

We are honored to have Brandy Smith at Brushy Creek Elementary and Greenville County Schools.

Special thanks to Lenovo, Discovery Education, Super Duper Publications, and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

January 2022Melanie Dixon

WESTCLIFFE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Congratulations to Melanie Dixon, fourth grade teacher at Westcliffe Elementary School and the January 2022 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight award.

Melanie could have been the recipient of this award because she is fun, kind, and passionate about her students and her calling as a teacher. Or she could have won because she has phenomenal classroom management skills and superb content knowledge. In fact, any of those would have made Melanie a great choice, but it’s her role as a technology leader in and outside of the classroom that set her apart as this month’s winner.

From integrating HyperDocs to Flipgrid and Pear Deck to the Global Read Aloud, Melanie has been a champion for learning with technology in her classroom. She builds community with technology, she breaks down the walls of her classroom and exposes her students to the world with technology, and she works diligently to empower her students to be creators with technology. In addition to her work as a classroom leader, she collaborates with her fourth grade colleagues to plan technology-infused lessons in all content areas and skill levels. And when she learns about a new technology tool, she shares it with eagerness and expertise!

We are honored to have Melanie Dixon at Westcliffe Elementary and Greenville County Schools.

Special thanks to Lenovo, Discovery Education, Super Duper Publications, and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

Teacher Spotlights 2021

November 2021Kate Malone

RIVERSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL - Congratulations to Kate Malone, principal at Riverside Middle School and the November 2021 recipient of the Teacher Spotlight award.

Teachers take on a variety of roles and responsibilities and good teachers can be seen in every position in our school district. As a school principal, Kate Malone embodies what it means to be a good teacher and educator. She shares her expertise through technology book studies and Upstate Technology Conference presentations, and she models her expectations for teachers and students as she uses technology. Kate has demonstrated her goal to use technology appropriately to enhance the educational experience of every student at Riverside Middle by adding an onsite technology teacher to her talented staff. Check out how she has used a “flipped” professional development model to communicate with her staff and developed a more efficient car line on her school campus using Google Maps! Kate Malone is not just a technology guru, she’s a leader to watch!

Special thanks to Lenovo and Pear Deck for sponsoring this month's Spotlight winner!

September 2021Jennifer Robinson

WOODMONT HIGH SCHOOL - Jennifer Robinson is the September 2021 Teacher Spotlight recipient. Jennifer has been with Greenville County School District for 13 years and is currently a World Languages teacher at Woodmont High School.

She uses a variety of digital tools not only to engage her students, but also to keep her content fresh and captivating. As a Spanish teacher, she utilizes many audio and video tools to ensure her students are spending equal time mastering the written and spoken components of the language.

Thank you Super Duper Publications, Lenovo, Kensington, and BridgeTek for sponsoring this month’s Teacher Spotlight.

May 2021Julie Dennison

MONAVIEW ELEMENTARY SCOOL – School closures and social distancing stalled our teacher recognitions for 2020. Teachers have continued to overcome challenges and have used technology in the virtual and in person classrooms to help our students succeed. After our brief delay, we are excited to announce this month’s Teacher Spotlight honoree, Mrs. Julie Dennison, a 5K teacher at Monaview Elementary School. With strong classroom management and curriculum knowledge, Mrs. Dennison has been a patient and positive force in the lives of Monaview students for over 20 years. She quickly and successfully transitioned her students to Chromebooks, integrated a wide variety of creativity activities while ensuring her students were comfortable with their new devices.

The Instructional Technology Department would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this initiative: Super Duper Publications, Lenovo, Kensington, and BridgeTek Solutions.

Teacher Spotlights 2020

February 2020Riley Winningham

HOLLIS ACADEMY – The Teacher Spotlight recipient for the month of February is Ms. Riley Winningham, a fifth grade teacher at Hollis Academy. Ms. Winningham is an inspiring teacher who cultivates a classroom environment for the 21st century learner, in which students are provided with opportunities to think critically, create, collaborate, and communicate. Ms. Winningham values the relationships with and thoughts of her students and gives frequent situations for students to share and contribute, both verbally and through the use of technology tools. She strives to make learning relevant, accessible, and authentic for her students through the use of technology. She is a model educator for her teammates and offers support and ideas when implementing new technology.

Thank you Super Duper Publications, Lenovo, Kensington, and BridgeTek for sponsoring this month’s Teacher Spotlight.

Teacher Spotlights 2019

December 2019Ruth Dechant

WELCOME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The Teacher Spotlight recipient for the month of December is Ms. Ruth Dechant, a first grade teacher at Welcome Elementary School. Ms. Dechant is an innovative teacher who uses a variety of digital tools to engage her students and prepare them for a bright future. Ms. Dechant sets high standards and her students excel at being creative and critical thinkers.

We would like to thank our sponsors for partnering with the Instructional Technology Department to highlight excellent educators: Super Duper Publications, Lenovo, Kensington, and BridgeTek Solutions.

November 2019Wanda Lumsden

BETHEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The November recipient is Mrs. Wanda Lumsden, a second grade teacher at Bethel Elementary School. Mrs. Lumsden excels in creating a positive environment with seamless integration of technology with her students. She believes that all students are capable learners bringing unique gifts and creativity to the classroom.

As a seasoned veteran with twenty-four years of experience in education, her students receive the best of both worlds; a solid foundation in teaching and best practices that cater to her digital natives.

Mrs. Lumsden credits her social media professional learning network and district resources with many of the ideas implemented in her classroom. She actively shares failures and successes with her colleagues during school-level professional development sessions.

We would like to thank our sponsors for partnering to highlight excellent educators: Super Duper Publications, Lenovo, Kensington, and BridgeTek Solutions.

October 2019Arlene Enos

BEREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Mrs. Arlene Enos, a fifth grade teacher at Berea Elementary School, has created a positive classroom culture where students use technology to not only master content but learn to live as digital citizens.

Mrs. Enos’ influence extends beyond the walls of her classroom. She regularly shares resources with colleagues, uses her classroom as a model classroom for district visits, and presents at the annual Upstate Technology Conference.

Thank you Super Duper Publications, Lenovo, Kensington, and BridgeTek for sponsoring this month’s Teacher Spotlight.

May 2019Marie Lemon

GREENVILLE EARLY COLLEGE - This month’s honoree is Mrs. Marie Lemon, a sixth grade science teacher at Greenville Early College. Mrs. Lemon is a dynamic and passionate educator who excels in problem-based learning. She establishes high expectations for her students, encourages creativity, and naturally integrates technology in all steps of the learning process. As a seasoned veteran, Mrs. Lemon has led professional development at her school, within the district, and at the national level.

Thank you Public Education Partners of Greenville County and Super Duper Publications for sponsoring this month’s Teacher Spotlight Educator.

April 2019Abigail Schiferl

TANGLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL - This month’s honoree is Mrs. Abigail Schiferl, a math and science teacher at Tanglewood Middle School. Mrs. Schiferl is an educator who believes all students can learn and that technology can help expand the classroom experience into an everlasting lesson.