BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The Berkeley County School District (BCSD) named Cane Bay High’s Nicholas Snyder as the 2017 Teacher of the Year Thursday, April 20. BCSD honored Mr. Snyder and 43 school-level Teachers of the Year at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast at Trident Technical College.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Snyder thanked everyone who participated in the selection process and thanked the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Santee Cooper and Trident Technical College for their sponsorship of the Breakfast. He then recognized the other Honor Roll Teacher of the Year finalists, Dr. Shelley Matthews of Devon Forest Elementary and Mr. Dylan Hudson of Philip Simmons Middle, as very deserving and impressive educators.
“Purpose and meaning have always been what drive me as an educator,” said 2017 BCSD Teacher of the Year Nicholas Snyder. “I have always seen teaching as a calling in my life- a divine placement if you will.” Mr. Snyder said he intends to “serve and lead with the principles of perseverance, hope and optimism in mind, and looks forward to representing the BCSD as the 2017 Teacher of the Year.”
This is the first year a BCSD Teacher of the Year has received use of a car during their one-year tenure as Teacher of the Year. BCSD Deputy Superintendent Archie Franchini secured a partnership with Rick Hendrick Jeep Chrysler Dodge RAM in North Charleston, and the dealership awarded Mr. Snyder a new 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to provide a vehicle for the new 2017 BCSD Teacher of the Year in celebration of this achievement,” said Don Smith, Director of Community Relations for Hendrick Automotive Group. “Teachers play an integral role in our lives and the lives of those we love so we are grateful for the opportunity to support Mr. Snyder as he represents Berkeley County this year.”
The 40th Annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast, sponsored by Trident Technical College, Santee Cooper and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, celebrates educators nominated by their peers for the outstanding work they are doing in the classroom and in their schools.