Meg Huggins was honored recently when Lexington County School District One in South Carolina named her its District Teacher of the Year.
Described by Lexington One’s chief academic officer Gloria Talley as a “teacher leader with a vision who paves the path of new initiatives, creating a safer place for others to follow,” Huggins teaches advanced placement human geography and law and global policy development at River Bluff High School. With this recognition, Huggins is in the running for next year’s South Carolina Teacher of the Year honor.
“As a teacher, the best gift I can give to my students is to continue to educate myself about strategies that best prepare them for their other classes, their lives outside of school, and their future beyond high school,” Huggins said. “What I teach isn’t nearly as significant as the people I am teaching.”
Huggins earned her bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from the University of Tennessee. She went on to get a master of arts degree in teaching with an emphasis on secondary education social studies and a master of education degree in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina. She is certified to teach secondary social studies, advanced placement human geography and American government and is also certified to be a secondary principal.
Huggins has received many other accolades during her teaching career, including the chance to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers in 2014. She encourages her students to be active in their communities and can often be found after school at River Bluff’s sporting events, concerts and academic contests.
Judging for Lexington One’s District Teacher of the Year honor began last September when each school in the system selected a Teacher of the Year. Each of those teachers submitted written applications that were scored by a panel of judges; from that pool the top 10 were selected.
The top 10 where then judged by another panel and were whittled down to five finalists, from which Huggins was chosen as the District Teacher of the Year. The other four finalists were Lexington High School special education teacher Christen Weidner; Lexington Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Lyn Hamilton; New Providence Elementary school fourth-grade mathematics and science teacher Tanya Mabry; and Pelion High School special education teacher Traci Holcomb.
District Teachers of the Year were Carolina Springs Elementary School Spanish teacher Michael Frank; Carolina Springs Middle School eighth-grade English language arts teacher Jason McCullough; Deerfield Elementary School counselor Meghan Snipes; Forts Pond Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Hale; Gilbert Elementary School art teacher Angela Zokan; Gilbert High School geometry teacher Erica Armstrong; Gilbert Middle School sixth-grade mathematics teacher Jennifer Byrd; Gilbert Primary School 5K immersion teacher Donnelle Glatz; Lake Murray Elementary School special education teacher Jessica Potts; Lexington Elementary School second-grade teacher Michelle Webster; Lexington Technology Center culinary arts teacher Dan Zmroczek; Meadow Glen Elementary School physical education teacher Bert Williams; Meadow Glen Middle School sixth-grade English language arts teacher Heather Yordy; Midway Elementary School kindergarten teacher Laura Morrison; Oak Grove Elementary School counselor Kay Ross; Pelion Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Brooks Day; Pelion Middle School sixth-grade English and social studies teacher Kelli Shealy; Pleasant Hill Elementary School fourth-grade mathematics and science immersion teacher Tabitha Carro; Pleasant Hill Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Lisa Bradley; Red Bank Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Lauren Vann; Rocky Creek Elementary School third-grade teacher Katie Crapps; Saxe Gotha Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sandy Cherry; White Knoll Elementary School third-grade teacher Bethany Olden; White Knoll High School advanced placement calculus teacher Susan Scott; and White Knoll Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher Elizabeth Goodwin.
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