Greenville County Schools name Teacher of the Year finalists

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Three local teachers are among ten finalists who have been selected in the 2015-16 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program.

They are, in alphabetical order: Alice Bradley, Seventh Grade Language Arts, Ralph Chandler Middle; David Quigley, Math and Science, Woodmont High School and Heather Steading, Fifth Grade, Fork Shoals School.

Others include: Amy Burnett, Mathematics, Berea High; Kristin Danko, Fourth Grade, Bell’s Crossing Elementary; Shiree Turner Fowler, Kindergarten, Hollis Elementary Academy; Tracy Gay, Fifth Grade, Crestview Elementary; Stacy Hall, Sixth Grade School Counseling, Riverside Middle; Anne Matthews, String Orchestra, Greenville Middle Academy; Shelley Peak, Third Grade, Robert E. Cashion Elementary;

The process of selecting the ten finalists began last fall when schools and centers selected their individual Teacher of the Year. These teachers submitted applications which included a professional biography, their educational history and professional development, community involvement, philosophy of teaching, education issues and trends, the teaching profession, student achievement, and a personal message to educators and the general public.

Applications were reviewed by a Screening Committee and a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will choose the next Teacher of the Year after participating in classroom observations and individual interviews with the Top Ten. The announcement naming Greenville County’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year will be made in August.

The members of the Selection Committee are Mrs. Lillie Lewis, Southern Wesleyan University; Mrs. Kelly Nalley, former Greenville County Schools and South Carolina Teacher of the Year; Dr. Betty McConaghy, retired school administrator; Mr. Scott Powell, The Rotary Club of Greenville; and Mr. Bill Tyler, Greer Chick-fil-A.

Profiles for Bradley, Quigley and Steading are:

Alice Bradley, Seventh Grade Language Arts, Ralph Chandler Middle School – Total Years of Teaching Experience – 7

Education – Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English; Master’s degree with Concentration in Literacy, Furman University.

David Quigley, Math and Science, Woodmont High School – Total Years of Teaching Experience – 14

Education – Bachelor’s degree in Physics, University of Vermont; Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Vermont.

Heather Steading, Fifth Grade, Fork Shoals School – Total Years of Teaching Experience – 5

Education – Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Clemson University; Master’s degree in Literacy and ESOL, Clemson University.