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Charleston, Irmo and Moncks Corner teachers named finalists in 8th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year
Sep 14, 2012
CHARLESTON, SC - September 14, 2012 - Martha Gadsden of Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, Erin R. Gilreath of Dutch Fork High School in Irmo and Chrystal Hepler of West Ashley High School in Charleston are the 2012 finalists for the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year, an annual distinction sponsored by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, at the College of Charleston and The Citadel.
The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Greater Issues Room in Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel. All three finalists will receive a plaque recognizing their achievements. The 2012 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 cash award courtesy of the South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council. Each finalist also will receive one night’s complimentary lodging and breakfast the following morning at the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.
This recognition program was founded in 2005 to honor K-12 teachers from across South Carolina for their work as Spanish educators. Past winners include Lynn Fulton-Archer of Richmond Drive Elementary School in 2011, Darlene S. Whitaker of Great Falls High School in 2010, Elizabeth Sanderson of Lakewood High School in 2009, Eileen Hilera Shields of Academic Magnet School in 2008, Renée C. Love of Gaffney High School in 2007, Celina P. Anthony of West Ashley High School in 2006, and Jennifer Bryant of Eastside High School (Greenville) in 2005.
This year’s finalists were selected from nominees statewide for innovation in teaching, initiative in Spanish curriculum development and extracurricular activities related to teaching and professional development. Judges are Spanish professors from four South Carolina colleges and universities, a representative from the South Carolina Department of Education, the current student presidents of the College of Charleston's and The Citadel's chapters of Sigma Delta Pi and the past two South Carolina Spanish Teachers of the Year.
For more information about the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year award, visit the website at www.scspanishteacheroftheyear.org. Nomination forms for the 2013 contest will be available at the website in February 2013.