Published on April 30th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
RICHLAND TWO NAMES THE 2014-2015 DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland Two has named Kim Kuhn, first-grade teacher at Bookman Road Elementary School, as the district’s 2014—2015 Teacher of the Year.
As District Teacher of the Year, Kuhn will spread the message that educators don’t have to be a technology “expert” to effectively use it as a tool in the classroom. She believes that teachers need to put down the chalk and dusty file folders to trade them for some exceptional apps.
“Our students are coming to us very tech-savvy, and teachers need to do all we can to keep two steps ahead in order to keep our students safe, while still realizing the benefits online learning can offer to even our youngest students,” says Kuhn.
“I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. No matter how many years I have been teaching I want to learn more, try new ideas, stretch myself, and step outside of my comfort zone to bring amazing experiences to my students,” says Kuhn. “My greatest accomplishments in education are not those that have set the world on fire; they are small things that I have done to help one child at a time.”
The five finalists were selected from a pool of 30 teachers of the year, one from each school in the district. The district winner was chosen after each of the finalists were observed in their classrooms and interviewed by a selection committee composed of parents, students, community members and former teachers of the year.
The 2014— 2015 Honor Roll Teachers are Rusty Curry, mathematics teacher at Blythewood High School; Jennifer Hethcox, fifth-grade teacher at North Springs Elementary School; Nichole Luckie, art teacher at Catawba Trail Elementary School; and Jessica Skinner; school counselor at Lake Carolina Elementary School.