Thursday, February 27, 2014
Merriwether Middle School is excited to announce its teacher of the month award. Each month one of the school’s outstanding teachers is highlighted throughout the community and will be nominated for the Teacher of the Year award. These outstanding teachers are nominated by the administration.
For the first semester, Holly Pace, Karen Tura, David Hamilton and Travis Spears were recognized as the teachers of the month. In the coming months, more teachers will receive this honor, and at the end of the year one of these teachers will be selected as Teacher of the Year by the Teacher of the Year Committee. The Merriwether Middle teacher of the year will then compete against teachers throughout the district for the Edgefield County Teacher of the Year.
Pace is in her second year as the physical education teacher at Merriwether Middle School, or MMS. In her short time at MMS, she has proved herself as an excellent educator in and out of the classroom. Not only does she excel in the classroom but she is the head volleyball coach, the girls’ basketball coach and she will lead the boys’ soccer team in its inaugural season this year.
Tura is a veteran teacher but is new to the school this year. She has already made an impact on the faculty and staff at the school. She teaches seventh grade math and took over as the coach for the mock trial team at Merriwether Middle. She led the team to the regional competition in Greenville where the team had an impressive showing.
Hamilton has been a fixture at the school for nearly a decade. In his time at Merriwether Middle he has excelled in his math classroom. Hamilton serves as the faculty adviser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and can be found behind the grill serving up great food during home football games.
Spears had been teaching South Carolina history at Merriwether Middle School for seven years. Spears serves as score keeper for the football and basketball teams and is the school’s head golf coach. He also serves on the School Improvement Council and the Leadership Committee.
This is the first year that the school has had teachers of the month. In the past, a Teacher of the Year candidates was nominated anonymously by one of their colleagues. This new award honors Merriwether Middle School’s most outstanding teachers throughout the year and will give the teacher of the year selection committee more choices when voting for one of the schools most prestigious awards.