Congratulations to our 2025 Teacher of the Year!

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  • In November, 2023, 55 Horry County Schools (HCS) teachers were recognized by their peers as the Teacher of the Year for their respective schools and are now eligible to vie for the distinction of being named the HCS Teacher of the Year.

    Ten semifinalists will be chosen by the District’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee after a review of written applications submitted by school winners. Following a further review of semifinalists’ portfolios and interviews with the committee, the group of semifinalists will narrow to five finalists. One of those five will be named the 2025 HCS Teacher of the Year. 

2025 Teacher of the Year

  • Our 2025 Teacher of the Year is...

    Joey Hernandez, Academy for the Arts, Science & Technology

    Mr. Hernandez, a Spanish at the Academy for the Arts, Science & Technology, was born in Bogota, Colombia, and has taught in Colombia and the U.S. for 21 years. He holds a bachelor’s in modern language teaching from La Salle University, a master’s in education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a pedagogy specialist degree from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. His motto as a teacher is “person first, then education.”

Meet the Top 5 Teacher of the Year Finalists!

  • 2025 Top 5 Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • 2025 Top Ten Teacher Of The Year Semifinalists

  • 2023-2024 School-Level Teachers of the Year

  • 2024 Teacher Of The Year, Emma Lyn Cain

  • 2024 Teacher of the Year Top 5 Finalists

  • 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year Top Ten Semifinalists

  • 2022-2023 School-Level Teachers

  • 2023 HCS Teacher of the Year, Renee Atkinson

  • 2023 Teacher of the Year Top 5 Finalists

  • 2021-2022 Top 10 Teachers of the Year Semifinalist

  • 2021-2022 School-Level Teachers of the Year



About Horry County Schools

  • Horry County Schools is inspiring possibilities for student success through a broad range of unique teaching and learning opportunities.

    Horry (pronounced O-Ree) County Schools is made up of 56 schools within nine attendance areas: Aynor, Carolina Forest, Conway, Green Sea Floyds, Loris, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, and St. James. Horry County Schools has more than 48,000 students and is South Carolina’s third-largest school district.