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And the golden ticket goes to… Conway Elementary’s Shannon Jesequel!

Shannon Jesequel April 30, 2019 ~ Conway, SC

Shannon Jesequel, a 5th-grade teacher at Conway Elementary School, has been named the HCS Teacher of the Year. She began her teaching career in 2012 and joined HCS in 2017. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Social Studies from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and a Master’s degree in Literacy from East Carolina University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The HCS Teacher of the Year selection process begins with each school’s Teacher of the Year nominee completing and submitting an application packet. The HCS Teacher of the Year Committee scores the application and 10 semifinalists are selected. Interviews are scheduled with the 10 semifinalists and those scores are used to determine the five Teacher of the Year finalists. Selection committee members conduct classroom observations of the five finalists to determine the HCS Teacher of the Year.

Shannon will now move on to the next round as a nominee for the state’s Teacher of the Year program. Selecting South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year is the combined responsibility of two groups: the Teacher of the Year Screening Committee and the State Selection Committee. The South Carolina Teacher of the Year program celebrates excellence and strengthens the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers in a district, state, and national level. These awards not only assist in retention efforts but serve as a powerful recruitment tool. The South Carolina Teacher of the Year serves for one school year as a roving ambassador providing mentoring, attending speaking engagements, working with teacher cadets and teaching fellows, leading the State Teacher Forum, and serving as the state spokesperson for over 48,000 educators. The South Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced in May 2020.

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