BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The Berkeley County School District (BCSD) announced its three Honor Roll Teacher of the Year finalists for the 2017 district Teacher of the Year at a banquet hosted at Freedom Church in Moncks Corner on Friday, March 24. The finalists- listed in alphabetical order by their school- are: Nicholas Snyder, Cane Bay High School; Dr. Shelly Matthews, Devon Forest Elementary School; and Dylan Hudson, Philip Simmons Middle School.
The 2017 Berkeley County School District Teacher of the Year will be announced on April 20 at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast, sponsored by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Santee Cooper, and Trident Technical College.
The 2017 BCSD Teacher of the Year will receive the use of a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport for one-year, courtesy of Rick Hendrick Jeep Chrysler Dodge in North Charleston.
The principals of the schools of the three finalists included the following accolades in their letters of endorsement for these incredible educators:
- Cane Bay High- Nicholas Snyder: Principal Janie Langley said Mr. Snyder’s enthusiasm, his innovativeness, and his dedication to his craft in education are exemplary. “His flexibility in working with students, teachers and the community has earned him an admirable reputation as an excellent teacher who truly cares about his students,” said Principal Langley. “Mr. Snyder demonstrates the highest level of professional commitment and skill in his work with students and colleagues. To carry out his professional responsibilities, he gives generously of his valuable time and often his work extends beyond the school day.”
- Devon Forest Elementary- Dr. Shelley Matthews: Principal Cristie Mitchum said Dr. Matthews works diligently to continually refine her craft to meet the needs of her students and is a valued and respected leader of her Professional Learning Team. “Her classroom is inviting, nurturing, and provides engaging opportunities for students to learn. When thinking of Shelley Matthews the following words come to mind: creative, kind, knowledgeable, cooperative,” Principal Mitchum said. “She is a brilliant educator. She is passionate and dedicated to teaching.”
- Philip Simmons Middle- Dylan Hudson: Principal Anthony Dixon said Mr. Hudson is well respected for his dedication to children, his profession, and our school. “He is recognized for his leadership, dependability, conscientiousness, and willingness to help others,” said Principal Dixon. “Mr. Hudson genuinely cares for his students and devotes his efforts to providing all of them with opportunities for success. His calm disposition, high expectations, and enthusiasm for learning create a dynamic learning environment for all students that enter his classroom.”
All BCSD school-level Teachers of the Year were honored at the annual Teacher Forum Induction prior to the three finalists being announced. Reigning BCSD Teacher of the Year, Sharon Blackwood, said she is honored to pass the torch to the 2017 Teacher of the Year.
“It has been an honor to serve as Berkeley County School District’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. It has truly been a wonderful experience! I’ve met, worked and collaborated with others who love helping students succeed, who value public education, and who are just as passionate about the teaching profession as I am,” said Blackwood, who teaches at Sedgefield Intermediate School in Goose Creek. “I have learned so much and have not taken the opportunity for granted. I will take what I learned this year and use it as I move into my new role as the Chair of the Berkeley County School District Teacher Forum.”