School district recognizes top rookie educators

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Three rookie Berkeley County School District teachers share the honor of being this year’s finalists for the district-wide Rookie Teacher of the Year honor.

The winner will be announced May 19 during the district’s PRIDE Celebration at Westview Middle in Goose Creek.

The 2013-2014 finalists are Debbie Maningding of College Park Elementary, Kelsey Krauss of Sangaree Intermediate, and Jordan Addison of Westview Elementary.

Here is what the finalists had to say about being a new teacher:

• “Who would have thought teaching would be so rewarding in their first year? Every day is a new challenge, especially time management. At the beginning of each day I review how I anticipate the day will be executed. By the end of the day, I reflect on the activities and recall the looks on many of the student’s faces. This helps me decide if the activities work or how I will adjust them for future instruction.” — Maningding, who teaches third grade

• “My first year of teaching has not been quite what I expected. There are numerous experiences this year that were firsts. I soon realized there are no two days, hours, or situations throughout a school day that are alike. I have been handed a plethora of wisdom from my peers, mentors, administrators, and especially students. I am a different person today than I was when I started this journey in August.” — Krauss, who teaches fifth grade

• “My first year of teaching has felt like a brand new roller coaster. Waiting for the year to begin, I felt like the excited, yet terrified spectator waiting in line questioning what I was about to get myself into. I prepared myself for this new adventure believing that I could figure it all out by using my usual expert planning skills. As soon as I hopped on board, I realized that while my so-called expert planning skills did help me, they quickly caused me to lose sight of the best part of the roller coaster – the fun! The most exciting part of this brand new ride is that I am absolutely positive I am in the correct profession.” — Addison, who teaches third grade

Here are the other rookie teachers recognized on the school level:

• Berkeley Elementary: Sarah Risher

• Berkeley Intermediate: Daniel Berg

• Berkeley Middle: Dan Morgan

• Cane Bay High: Megan Farrell

• Cainhoy Elementary/Middle: Nicole Greig

• College Park Middle: Gina Maxie

• Cross High: Chakita Spears

• Devon Forest Elementary: Christie Calvin

• Daniel Island School: Neil Paulson

• Goose Creek Primary: Rebecca Braun Brown

• Bonner Elementary: Kristina Parker

• Hanahan High: Chelsea Smith

• Hanahan Middle: Angelica Smith

• Hanahan Middle: Megan Romberg

• Marrington Elementary: Shelbee Cupp

• Marrington Elementary: Kristen “Taylor” Williams

• Marrington Elementary: Rosemary Morris

• Sedgefield Middle: Sandra Larkin

• Sangaree Elementary: Kitty Tackett

• St. Stephen Elementary: Whitley Hurd

• St. Stephen Middle: Katherine Arquiette

• Timberland High: Lisa Nicole Cox

• Whitesville Elementary: Hillary Henry

• Westview Middle: Sarah Carpenter

• Westview Primary: Joseph Douglas

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