Thursday, April 3, 2014
Berkeley County School District has its new Teacher of the Year: Lauren Reeder of Marrington Elementary.
The announcement was made during the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s 37th Annual Teacher of the Year Awards Friday morning at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.
Reeder has taught for six years, and has taught at Marrington Elementary for fifth and third grades since 2012.
“I want my students to fall in love with learning,” Reeder wrote in her application.
In Reeder’s application she spoke of a former second grade student of hers who had been shot and how she spent time in the hospital as he recovered.
“He was going to survive and would eventually come back to my class. But right then, he needed someone who loved and cared for him, not someone to teach him about subtraction, the clouds, or how to stand in a straight line, but just someone to love him. And his teacher was the perfect person to do it,” Reeder wrote. “Teachers, I know you are tired. I know you are frustrated with the paperwork that seems to consume our profession. Get back to the root of why we entered this profession: those little faces looking back at you as they hang on your every word … Ultimately, getting a chance to be one of the people in that child’s life that loves them simply for being them.”
Forty-one Teachers of the Year from every school in the district were selected as the best of their schools earlier this year. The two other finalists along with Reeder were Heather Ducker of Goose Creek High and Carolyn Hill Mullinax of Boulder Bluff Elementary.