News for and about People in Florence 1 Schools
September 23, 2022
Briggs Elementary's Newton is Principal of the Year
Florence 1 Schools Closer to Naming its Teacher of the Year
Florence 1 Schools is closer to selecting its 2022-20223 Teacher of the Year. Each school's teacher of the year competing for the title of Florence 1 Schools Teacher of the Year recently completed an application packet containing information relevant to the teaching profession.
An outside panel of three selection committee members (pictured below) reviewed the packets and rated each one using specific selection criteria. The teachers whose packets received the highest ratings have been named Honor Roll Teachers. Honor Roll Teachers are finalists in the quest to name a Teacher of the Year for Florence 1 Schools. They are: Briggs Elementary School's Casey Coker; South Florence High School's Heather Gaston; West Florence High School's Hugh Pressley; and Woods Road Child Development Center's Rosetta Richmond.
The Teacher of the Year Selection Committee held interviews sessions separately with the honor roll teachers this week. Scores from the interview and application packet have been calculated, and Florence 1's Teacher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, September 27th at the 16th Annual School Foundation Gala.
The Florence 1 Teacher of the Year's name will be submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education and the teacher will then vie for the title of South Carolina Teacher of the Year, having until January 2022 to complete the South Carolina Department of Education's application packet.
Members of the Teacher of the Year Selection Panel
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Associate Vice-President of Information Technology, CIO
Dr. Lindsay Simmons
Francis Marion University (FMU)
Assistant Professor of Education; Co-Director of FMU Teaching Fellows
Dr. Lisa Stockdale
Interim Dean of Education
Amy Williams Is the 2023 Assistant Principal of the Year
Williams, who has served at McLaurin for over 20 years, began working as a teacher who later moved to the position of Curriculum Coordinator, now serves as one the Assistant Principals at the school.
In a surprise visit to the McLaurin Elementary faculty meeting this week, Dr. Richard O'Malley presented Williams the award. Read the entire story below.