• HCS Tech innovators HCS Tech Innovators

    The HCS Tech Innovator of the Month award is an award given to teachers for the innovative use of educational technology in classrooms. Recipients are recognized each month at the Elementary, Middle and High school level and are pioneers of new learning strategies and educational technology in their classrooms. They embrace Personalized Learning as an instructional model that allows them to better differentiate learning for their students.These educators embody a growth mindset and believe their students can accomplish great things with technology in their classroom.

    Individuals recognized as Tech Innovator of the Month consistently include the personalized learning core five in their classroom:

    • Digital Content & Tools  • Targeted Instruction  • Creative Opportunities  • Collaborative Opportunities • Student Ownership •

    We are proud to recognize these educators who personalize learning through innovative teaching! Congratulations!

  • Homewood Elementary

    Chris Condelli — 4th-grade teacher

    Chris Condelli exemplifies a growth mindset on a daily basis. He is always willing to try innovative ideas in the classroom and shares with other colleagues in and out of his school.

    Green Sea Floyds Middle & High

    Michelle Hull — Art teacher

    Michelle Hull is always eager to explore and utilize new technology to enhance the learning of her students. The art program at GSFH has become a place where all students have a chance to explore and create with code while learning how computational thinking connects to their lives both in and outside of the classroom.

    Conway High School


    Carolyn Hamilton — 
    Photography/Fine Arts teacher

    Carolyn Hamilton has done some incredible work with her students using iPads in her Photography classes! She is an advanced iPad user, and continues to refine her skills with Apple products and tools! She also plans to host several PD sessions for her colleagues in the very near future on ways to incorporate iPads into their classes.

  • April Winners

  • St. James Intermediate

    Nicole Peters — 5th-grade teacher

    Nicole is a member of the HCS EdTech Task Force and has taken what she’s learned about coding from our training back to her school. She led sessions on coding with her peers and has started a Coding Club for students!

    North Myrtle Beach Middle

    Kim Wysong — 6th-grade teacher

    Kim Wysong is a master of personalized learning practices and student engagement!


    Jennifer Myers — English teacher

    Jennifer collaborates with her Instructional Coach to design Advisory lessons for students and Google training opportunities for her peers. Every Friday she designs activities that focus on Coding and Computational Thinking.

  • March Winners

  • Socastee Elementary

    Mallory Davis — Special Education teacher

    Mallory uses technology in innovative ways to engage her students and support their academic growth.  She is always willing to share and support the growth of others in the classroom and through personalized learning, Mallory reaches all learners.

    Loris Middle

    Loris Jennifer Neafsey — Media Specialist

    Jennifer has been instrumental in promoting coding across the school and hosts several after-school clubs on technology and code. She is a  master of “all things Sphero,” and continues to be a wonderful advocate for computational thinking across course work.

    Carolina Forest High

    CFH Jeffrey Layton — PLTW teacher

    Jeffrey has revealed himself as an exemplary PLTW teacher that incorporates various technologies within his lessons. Jeffrey has also developed entire Minecraft worlds dedicated to the study of electric circuits!

  • February Winners

  • Kingston Elementary

    Amy Saunders — 1st Grade Teacher

    Amy strives to provide meaningful and authentic learning experiences for her 1st grade “squirrels.” Ms. Saunders projects her growth mindset on her students who are always willing to try new things using technology!

    Whittemore Park Middle

    Whittemore PArk  Faleshia Dozier — CATE Teacher

    Faleshia Dozier is always willing to learn and has made some great achievements with Computational Thinking and Minecraft in her classroom. She loves to share with her students and is always open to trying new things!

    Socastee High

    Socastee High Ami-Lyn Ward — English Teacher

    Ami-Lyn utilized the Sphero robots in her classes this year and taught teachers all over the district how to integrate coding into their classrooms too! 

  • January Winners

  • Waccamaw Elementary

    Waccamaw Elementary Jessica Sanborn — 3rd Grade Teacher

    Jessica Sanborn always embraces new and creative ways to use technology in her classroom. She is a leader in her school and is always willing to share ideas and help her students and others learn new tools. She has embraced helping her students become computational thinkers through the use of coding apps/tools.

    Socastee Middle

    Socastee Middle Marie Girolamo — Media Specialist

    Marie Girolamo is always eager to explore and utilize new technology to enhance the learning of her students. The library learning commons at SMS has become a space where all students feel welcome to create, learn, and inspire as they are consistently provided opportunities for growth.

    Aynor High

    Aynor High Leigh Hennecy — Science Teacher

    Leigh Hennecy is a rockstar blended learning teacher! Her students are engaged by her inventive small groups and are always doing new and exciting things! Mrs. Hennecy is always trying out new technologies in her classroom.

  • December Winners

  • Burgess Elementary

    burgess-e Bianca Bashor — First Grade Teacher

    Bianca does a tremendous job offering students creative opportunities to learn with technology and fostering computational thinking with coding in her classroom along with helping her peers become familiar with coding tools.

    Burgess Elementary

    burgess Traci Satterfield — Media Specialist

    Traci has helped turn her learning commons into a hands-on, creative space with the use of Makerspaces, virtual reality, and coding tools! 

    Myrtle Beach Middle

    rebecca Rebecca Meyers — ELA Teacher

    Along with being an excellent teacher, Rebecca mentors other teachers in regards to personalized learning. She always plays a critical role in Myrtle Beach Middle’s Genius Hour.

    Green Sea Floyds High

    Thomas Bennett — Art teacher
    Thomas takes art class to the next level by incorporating innovative technologies for students to experience and grow. Mr. Bennett is a huge advocate for digital portfolios and provides his students with several opportunities to be creative and reflect on their learning process.


  • November Winners

  • Green Sea Floyds ElementaryGSF Elementary

    Kandis Tucker — 3rd-grade Teacher

    Kandis provides engaging experiences for students and is a leader in her grade level, but also within the school. Ms. Tucker strives to personalize learning for students using technology.

  • October winners

  • River Oaks ElementaryElizabeth Couch

    Elizabeth Couch — Elementary Teacher

    Elizabeth creates opportunities for student ownership through digital integration and opens her classrooms to other educators to share best practices.

  • Aynor Middle Aynor Middle

    Caitlyn Bledsoe — 7th-grade Science Teacher

    Caitlyn strives to use technology to inspire and engage not only her students but other teachers at AMS and throughout the district with student ownership as her focus.

  • Black Water MiddleRebecca Crute

    Rebecca Crute — Media Specialist
    Rebecca is always using technology to engage and inspire students to read. She actively models and shares her ideas with teachers and other HCS Media Specialists.

  • North Myrtle Beach HighNorth Myrtle Beach

    Jennifer Wells — Read 180 Teacher

    Jennifer always demonstrates a growth mindset and her passion to reach all children has no limits. She is a pioneer with Blended Learning at her building and is always willing to learn, share and experiment.

  • AASTEvan Sellers

    Evan Sellers — AP Human Geography Teacher
    Evan is always eager to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and his students were recently involved in a Mapathon using open source mapping.

    September Winners

  • St. James Elementary

    Lynn Quinn

    Lynn Quinn
    Ms. Quinn is a special education teacher at St. James Elementary. She makes every effort to provide innovative experiences for all students with the use of digital devices.


    Conway Middle School

    Tangie Hammel

    Tangie Hammel
    Tangie Hammel is a Social Studies teacher at Conway Middle School. She does amazing things with digital notebooking tool for her students and she is always willing to help her peers.

    Myrtle Beach High


    Towanda McClary
    Towanda McClary, of Myrtle Beach High, constantly pushes her students to create and design within her Google Apps courses. Ms. McClary also presents PD throughout the summer on ways to incorporate coding into the HS classroom.