Lots of substitute teachers were filling in at DD2 schools mid-day on May 13.
The Summerville Chamber honored DD2 Teachers of the Year by hosting their annual luncheon at Bethany United Methodist Church. The luncheon was presented by Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union.
Every year the Chamber recognizes the teachers for their contributions to the growth and development of DD2 students.
Attendees dined on different sandwiches, wraps, salads and brownies and were entertained by performances from DuBose Middle School and Pinewood Preparatory School.
Teachers were divided up by school level and crossed the stage in order to be recognized. DD2’s Honor Rookie Teachers of the Year were recognized as well, and DD2 Teacher of the Year Alice F. Kelley was the last to cross the stage.
Kelley was Rookie Teacher of the Year for Summerville High School during the 2001-2002 school year. Kelley said her family is still “so excited” for her, and thought the luncheon was a nice touch.
“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “It’s a nice treat for us.”
Also recognized during the luncheon was Summerville Catholic School’s Teacher of the Year Megan Monahan, who teaches junior high science and math. Pinewood Prep Teachers of the Year were also recognized: Brianne Peters of the lower school, Hope Radebaugh of the middle school, and Wendy Girgan of the High School. Pinewood Prep Staff Member of the Year is JoDee Robinson.
Dorchester School District Four celebrates its Teachers of the Year as well: Ariana Mitchell, Rookie Teacher of the Year from St. George Middle, and Howard Alston, District Teacher of the Year from Woodland High.
DD2 Chairwoman Gail Hughes said the luncheon is a good opportunity for the district and fellow community members to mingle.
“I think it (the luncheon) went really well,” she said. “I think it’s nice the Chamber does this every year. It just brings us all together as a community so I think it’s great to do this.”
Teacher of the Year sponsors include presenting sponsor Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union; senior sponsors Childs & Halligan, P.A., MeadWestvaco and Trident Technical College; junior sponsor Roper Berkeley; sophomore sponsors Education Station, Rick Hendrick’s Toyota of North Charleston, the Summerville Journal Scene and SunTrust Bank; and freshman sponsors Kaelyn Agency – Allstate Insurance and Tony Pope - State Farm Insurance.
DD2 Superintendent Joseph Pye praised the Chamber for putting on an “outstanding” event to recognize area teachers.
“I love this,” he said. “This is nice to get it done in the middle of the day. We’re so lucky our sponsors come back every year.
“We have good schools from one end to the other,” he added.