Stephanie Johnson, a teacher at H.B. Rhame Elementary School in Richland County School District 1, was recognized at a recent Columbia City Council meeting for receiving the Horace Mann Award of Teaching Excellence.
The recognition coincided with American Education Week, which celebrates all who work with students, including teachers to bus drivers and administrative staff.
Johnson is a strong advocate for education and is a member of the South Carolina Education Association and the Richland County Education Association. She is also a Hope Street Group National Fellow.
American Education Week began in 1921, cosponsored by the NEA and the American Legion to generate support for educational initiatives. The U.S. Office of Education joined the efforts the following year, with the PTA joining in 1938.
Many more groups sponsor the event now, such as the U.S. Department of Education, National PTA, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American School Counselor Association and several national organizations for principals.