Schools had to get creative this year in surprising their 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year and Support Staff of the Year due to physical distancing measures currently in place.
Earlier this month, principals and school staff visited teachers and support staff at home from 6 feet, hosted surprise Zoom meetings, and staged reveals during packet pick-up to make the special announcements.
“The dedication and professionalism of our teachers and support staff has never been more important than in these extraordinary days,” Superintendent Frank Rodriguez. Said. “This week we’re honoring our newly selected teachers and the support staff of the year, but we’re also honoring all of our district’s teachers and support staff. They earn our respect and gratitude each and every day.”
Teachers of the Year are selected by their peers according to criteria established by the schools, the South Carolina Department of Education and the district’s Teacher Forum. Teachers honored will be eligible for District Teacher of the Year honors next fall.
Support staff honorees are selected by school staff and can include social workers, school nurses, bookkeepers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries and technology and data specialists. Staff honored will be eligible for District Support Staff Person of the Year.
The 2020-2021 Beaufort County Teachers of the Year and Support Staff of the Year