Thursday, April 3, 2014
Editor's note: This is the conclusion of a series profiling local teachers of the year.
Scott Holcomb is only in his third year at Mossy Creek Elementary School; however, the work he has done already has gained him the recognition of his peers. Holcomb was selected as the school's 2014-15 teacher of the year.
“It's a great honor; there are so many great teachers at Mossy Creek,” he said. “To be chosen as the one to represent our school this year is a great feeling. Professionally, it is a great distinction to have. This isn't something that people get into to get all of the 'thank yous.' It's definitely nice, though, for that to happen.”
Holcomb has been in education for eight years, though this is only his fourth year teaching. He was an assistant for a handful of years and worked for the College of Charleston as a graduate assistant.
“Then I went into an educational consulting company for a year,” he said. “We provided services to schools and worked in different schools. While I was doing that job, I was getting my initial license and master's degree. I already knew that was what I wanted to do, but to become a good teacher is through practicing.”
Like many educators, Holcomb is a big believer in technology in the classroom. He said that these days, students are learning more and more electronically, and with hands-on learning.
“It's not a matter of what they know, it's a matter of how they can get to that or access the information,” he said. “We're using books as well as different media to help educate them. That's definitely the trend for education right now.”
Holcomb uses the technology for interaction, which he believes is one of the best ways for students to learn.
“They can tap on and match pictures,” he said. “They can blow up things very quickly. It's like a projector, but you can interact with it. When you tap on it, you can have it display different questions and they can slide to match answers and that type of thing.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.