Anderson District One welcomed over 1100 employees back to school on August 21 in a virtual annual back to school district celebration.
Everyone was welcomed by District One Superintendent Robbie Binnicker, who commended all faculty and staff on the excellent way they gave “100% Heart and Soul” during difficult circumstances and encouraged all employees to continue to be the wonderful role models that they are.
Ella Kate Fowler, Palmetto High Student Body President gave an invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent, recognized the District One Teachers of the Year.
Hannah Heath, fourth grade teacher at Powdersville Elementary was announced as the District One Teacher of the Year.
Pictured are: Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent; Hannah Heath 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, Powdersville Elementary School and Robbie Binnicker, Superintendent.
Heath shared, “I am extremely honored to be chosen as Anderson District One’s Teacher of the Year and blessed to work with and learn from some of the best educators in the state. In a year full of uncertainty, it is important to remember that we are all in this together. No matter the circumstances, we must keep our students as our focus and work together to provide the best learning opportunities for them. There are many unknowns for which we simply cannot prepare. However, we must lean on each other for support and ultimately be there for our students.
“As educators, we have a duty to our students and their families to provide the best learning environment and experiences for everyone. I truly believe that all of my students can learn at high levels, and I will do whatever it takes to help my students reach their goals. By building relationships with students, knowing their needs and understanding their backgrounds, they can and will be more successful in the long run. We must be our students’ champion and provide a safe, nurturing environment in which all students feel empowered to learn, grow, and succeed. As teachers, we must have a “whatever it takes” mentality and be our students’ hero.”
Superintendent Binnicker said, “I am very proud of Ms. Heath and the work that she has done. She is an incredible teacher that cares about students.”
Brad Moore, Principal of Powdersville Elementary School said, “We are so proud of Mrs. Heath and are excited to see her recognized as District Teacher of the Year. She goes above and beyond to love and support her students. The culture in her classroom allows for student needs to be met so students can learn and grow academically throughout the school year. She truly embodies the traits and characteristics that all educators should desire to emulate.”