Pinewood teacher earns Teacher of the Year Award from SCISA

Stephanie Klixbull, left, accepts her plaque naming her the South Carolina Independent School Association Teacher of the Year for lower schools from Dr. Spencer Jordan, SCISA executive director.

The South Carolina Independent School Association’s 2019 Teacher of the Year for lower schools is on the faculty of Pinewood Preparatory School.

Stephanie Klixbull, a six-year veteran in the classroom, currently teaches STEM classes and engineering to PreK through fifth-grade students at the school.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her master’s degree from The Citadel.

She is a member of the International STEM Educators’ Association and the Summerville Singers. Additionally she has received numerous awards and honors.

Christel Hewett, a faculty member at Faith Christian School of Summerville, and Charlene Morgan, who teaches at Trident Academy, Mt. Pleasant, were finalists for the award.

Hewett, who has been teaching for 19 years, teaches first grade at Faith Christian. She received her undergraduate degree from Benedict College and a graduate degree from South Carolina State University.

“These teachers exemplify the quality of the SCISA teachers,” Dr. Spencer Jordan, SCISA executive director, said. “They are some of the best of the best.”

Each SCISA school is allowed to nominate a candidate for the teacher of the year award from the K through the fifth-grade level, sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grade. There are approximately 3,600 teachers within the membership of the association.

The association presents a cash award to each of the teachers of the year.

The South Carolina Independent School Association is a non-profit, voluntary association of over 120 independent schools serving more than 37,000 teachers and students.

Founded in 1965, the State of South Carolina incorporated SCISA as an exclusively educational organization with the responsibilities of establishing accreditation standards, coordinating academic and athletic competition and providing professional development for member organizations.