2019 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Awards

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s Math Pathways Project Team (MPPT) is pleased to announce the nominees of the 2019 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching awards. To honor and recognize mathematics teachers and administrators who work tirelessly to train our future work force, MPPT will recognize excellence in the profession during an event on October 14.

Public schools across the U.S.,  including South Carolina , face mathematics teacher shortages. In fact, mathematics teacher shortages have been prevalent in South Carolina since 2000. In addition, the tri-county region’s economy now requires a highly educated and skilled labor force, particularly in the STEM disciplines, to remain competitive. Those same economic trends that have made mathematics skills increasingly valuable to students have made it increasingly difficult to attract and retain skilled mathematics teachers.

MPPT wants to bring recognition to the excellent Mathematics teachers and professionals who were nominated by their peers for the 2019 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching awards. A special thanks goes to this year’s sponsors The Boeing Company and Charleston Southern University.

Here are the 2019 nominees:

 

Berkeley County School District Nominees

April Ash 

Current Position: Devon Forest Elementary, 5th grade Math and Science.

Years Teaching: 15

Education: Charleston Southern , Bachelor’s in Elementary Education +18.

Past Teaching Experience: Berkeley Intermediate, 3rd grade; Devon Forest, 4th and 5th grade.

Fun Fact: “I went skydiving in Hawaii once, but I will never do it again!”

 

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Accalia Bailey

Current Position: Hanahan High, Math teacher.

Year’s Teaching: 23

Education:  Columbia College, Master’s in Divergent Learning; State University of New York at Geneseo, Bachelor’s in Mathematics with Secondary Certification.

Past Teaching Experience: Has been a resource and math teacher in Geneseo, NY; York, SC; Lexington, SC. Has served as Varsity Tennis and Varsity Volleyball coach, Hanahan High; Math teacher and department chair, Hanahan High.

Fun Fact: “I considered becoming a PE teacher but thought that everyone liked gym class and that I should try to make math just as fun!”

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Elizabeth Ball

Current Position: Cane Bay Elementary; Mathematics instructional coach.

Years Teaching: 12

Education: Winthrop University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Walden University, Master’s in Education with a specialization in K-5 Mathematics.

Past Teaching Experience: Laurens County School District 56, 5th grade teacher; Greenville County School District, 3rd and 4th grade teacher; BCSD, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade teacher; Cane Bay Elementary and Goose Creek Primary, Mathematics instructional coach.

Fun Fact: “I didn’t get my first speeding ticket until I was 34.“

 

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Anna Brewster

Current Position: Cane Bay Elementary, 3rd grade GT teacher.

Years Teaching: 3

Education: University of South Carolina, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Three years at Cane Bay Elementary in Berkeley County.

Fun Fact: “I went to high school where the movie ‘Radio’ takes place and know him very well.”

 

 

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Jackie Danko

Current Position:  Macedonia Middle School, 7th grade Math.

Years Teaching: 23

Education: College of Charleston, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Gregg Middle School, DD2, 6th grade science;  York Intermediate School, York County, SC, 6th grade science;  York Middle School, York County, SC, 8th grade science and 7th grade math; Harold C. Johnson Middle School, York County, SC, 6th grade science; Sacred Heart of Mary and Saint Joan of Arc, Canton, OH, 6th, 7th, 8th grade Math and Science; A.C. Cocoran Elementary School, Charleston County, 5th grade.

Fun Fact: “I spend my weekends sleeping in a handmade wooden teardrop camper.”

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Miranda McCune

Current Position: Stratford High School, Math teacher.

Years Teaching: 18

Education: Coker College, Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education; Southern Wesleyan University, Master’s in Education.

Past Teaching Experience: 3 years at Berkeley High, 11 years at Summerville High, 5 years at Stratford High; all as a math teacher.

Fun Fact: “I’ve driven in 23 of 50 states.  As far west as New Mexico, as far north as Minnesota and up into the Northeast.”

 

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Jeremy Osborne 

Current Position: Nexton Elementary, 4th grade gifted math and science.

Years Teaching: 12

Education: The Citadel, Master’s in Elementary Administration; Medaille College, Master’s of Elementary Education; State University of New York at Brockport, Bachelor’s in Physical Education.

Fun Fact: “I played ice hockey in college and still play competitively.”

 

 

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Emily Spitzmiller

Current Position: Hanahan Elementary School, 1st grade.

Years Teaching: 3

Education: College of Charleston, Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education.

Teaching Experience: 3 years at Hanahan Elementary School.

Fun Fact: “I teach barre workout classes part time!”

 

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Brittni Union

Current Position: College Park Elementary School, 5th grade.

Years Teaching: 5

Education: Columbia College, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, minor in Spanish.

Past Teaching Experience: 5 years with Berkeley County School District

Fun Fact: “I can solve a Rubik’s Cube.  My kids always get a kick out it!!”

 

 

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Charleston County School District Nominees

Jason Aldridge 

Current Position: West Ashley High School, instructional coach.

Years Teaching: 10

Education: University of South Carolina, Master’s in Teaching and Administration; Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Past Teaching Experience: Richland School District Two, SC, Math teacher; Dorchester School District Two, Math teacher; Charleston County School District, Math teacher.

Fun Fact: “Math was not nice to me in high school, but over the years we have become great friends!”

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Amber Buehler

Current Position: Cario Middle School, 8th grade Math/Algebra.

Years Teaching: 10

Education: University of South Carolina, Bachelor’s in Middle Level Education; University of South Florida, Master’s in Middle Level STEM Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Bay Point Middle School, St. Petersburg, FL, MSAP teacher and department head (drop out prevention program), 6th, 7th, 8th grade Math teacher.

Fun Fact: “I was born on an Army base in Kansas!”

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Sarah Coleman

Current Position: Stono Park Elementary, 1st grade teacher.

Years Teaching: 8

Education: University of South Carolina, Early Childhood Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Lead instructor, math tutoring center and an academic support tutor at a private school in Augusta, GA; Stono Park Elemenary in Charleston.

Fun Fact: “I am the youngest of four girls and have 12 nieces and nephews.”

 

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Cathy DeMers

Current Position: College Park Middle School, instructional coach.

Years Teaching: 32

Education: Columbia College, Bachelor’s in Mathematics, minor in Education; The Citadel, Master’s in Mathematics.

Past Teaching Experience: Georgetown County School District, teacher, basketball coach; Lexington School District One, HS Math teacher;  CCSD, K-12 Math curriculum specialist, middle school teacher; BCSD, Stratford High School Math teacher, department chair, cheerleader coach; BCSD secondary and K-12 Math coordinator; retired in July, 2019, currently College Park Middle School instructional coach.

Fun Fact: Cathy is sporting a beautifully fashionable boot on her left foot due to a fractured metatarsal and a broken toe.

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Nicholas Reece

Current Position: West Ashley High School, associate principal.

Years Teaching: 13 years of experience.

Education: Citadel, Master’s in teaching; CSU, Master’s in Administration.

Past Teaching Experience: Cario Middle School: 7th grade science; Sussex Academy (DE), 6th grade science; Delmar High School(DE): assistant principal; Sussex Technical High School(DE), assistant principal; West Ashley High School, associate principal and Math Department supervisor.

Fun Fact: “I like to challenge random students to three-point contests throughout the year – haven’t lost yet.”

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Jenell Riley

Current Position: R.B. Stall High School, Math Department chairperson.

Years Teaching: 19

Education: New Mexico State University, Bachelor’s in Accounting; College of Charleston, Master’s of Education in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy.

Past Teaching Experience: LaMonte High School in LaMonte, MO, teacher.  R.B. Stall High School, teacher.

Fun Fact: “I enjoy working out and traveling to other countries.”

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Caroline Stalvey 

Current Position: Wando High School, math teacher of Foundations and Intermediate Algebra.

Years Teaching: 6

Education: Clemson University, Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and Bachelor’s in Mathematical Sciences; Furman University, Master’s in School Leadership; T.L. Hanna High School, Anderson, SC, math teacher.

Fun Fact: “I love to run for exercise and have completed two half marathons!”

 

 

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Dorchester School District Two Nominees

Elizabeth Beerbower

Current Position: Flowertown Elementary, 5th grade GATE Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Years Teaching: 11

Education: West Virginia University, Master’s in Elementary Education specializing in Mathematics.

Fun Fact: Ms. Beerbower created math lessons and instructional videos that are featured in LearnZillion’s math curriculum. She has also led professional development for teachers throughout the United States who are implementing Eureka Math.

 

 

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Crystal Beyer

Current Position: Knightsville Elementary School, 5th grade GATE Math.

Years Teaching: 14

Education: Florida State University, Bachelor’s degree.

Past Teaching Experience: Canoe Creek Charter Elementary School, K-2 math teacher, St. Cloud, FL; Bonneville Elementary School, 5th grade, Orlando, FL; Sedgefield Intermediate School, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade math interventionist, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade Math teacher, BCSD.

Fun Fact: “I have taught math to all elementary level children! K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 grades!”

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Reagan Briggs

Current Position: Eugene Sires Elementary School, 5th grade teacher.

Years Teaching: 9

Education: East Carolina University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Master’s in Reading Education.

Past Teaching Experience:  2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher at Sugg Bundy Elementary, North Carolina.

Fun Fact: “I lived in Germany and Hawaii for most of my years as an elementary student.”

 

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Brittany Butler

Current Position: Ashley Ridge High School, Math teacher.

Years Teaching: 7

Education: University of South Carolina, Master’s of Teaching in Secondary Mathematics.

Past Teaching Experience: Gregg Middle School, ACE Math teacher.

Fun Fact: “I have three pets – a Great Dane named Heidi, a German Shepard named Charlie, and a black cat named Loki.”

 

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Adair Craig

Current Position: Ashley Ridge High School, Math teacher.

Years Teaching: 14

Education: Clemson University, Bachelor’s in Secondary Education Mathematics; Converse College, Master’s in Secondary Education Mathematics.

Past Teaching Experience: James F. Byrnes High School, Spartanburg, SC; Pendleton High School, Anderson, SC; South Pointe High School, York County, SC, and Ashley Ridge High School, DD2, Math Department chair.

Fun Fact: “I love going deep sea fishing with my family in my free time.”

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Malia Dunn

Current Position: River Oaks Middle School, instructional coach.

Years Teaching: 26

Education: College of Charleston, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Lesley University, Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Nova Southeastern University, Doctorate in Educational and Instructional Leadership.

Past Teaching Experience:  CCSD, St. Andrews Elementary, Orange Grove Elementary, Drayton Hall Middle, teacher; Long Middle School, Chesterfield County, teacher; McBee Elementary School, instructional coach; Coker College, Hartsville, SC, assistant lecturer; DD2, Oakbrook Middle School, Math assistance teacher; River Oaks Middle School, instructional coach.

Fun Fact: “My tennis team went to the state championship this year!”

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Megan Hartley

Current Position: Eagle Nest Elementary, 4th grade.

Years Teaching: 4

Education: College of Charleston, Elementary Education.

Fun Fact: “Cabbage is my favorite food.”

 

 

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Amy Hilton

Current Position: Summerville Elementary School, 5th grade teacher.

Years Teaching: 12

Education: USC-Aiken, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Ashford University, Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.

Past Teaching Experience: Teacher at Busbee Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, Summerville Elementary.

Fun Fact: “I can touch my nose with my tongue.”

 

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Melissa Jackson

Current Position: Flowertown Elementary School, 2nd grade teacher.

Years Teaching: 23

Education: College of Charleston, Bachelor’s in Education; Leslie University, Master’s in Teaching Technology.

Past Teaching Experience: Charleston County, First Baptist School; and in North Carolina.

Fun Fact: “I played soccer at the College of Charleston. I was the goalie.”

 

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Ashley Jacobs

Current Position: Summerville High School, teacher.

Years Teaching: 5

Education: Presbyterian College, Bachelor’s in Mathematics; American College of Education, Master’s in School Leadership.

Fun Fact: Ashley is also the varsity cheerleading coach at Summerville High School.

 

 

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Angela Kelley

Current Position: Gregg Middle School, 7th and 8th grade Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry Honors.

Years Teaching: 23

Education: University of Middle Tennessee, Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction; Kennesaw State University, Bachelor’s in Education, Middle Math and Science.

Past Teaching Experience: Alston Middle School, SC, math; Double Churches Middle School, GA, math and reading.

Fun Fact: “I love going out on the boat and traveling with friends and family.”

 

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Caroline Menhenett

Current Position: Alston Middle School, 6th grade Math and 6th grade Gate Math.

Years Teaching: 6

Education: Bowling Green State University, Bachelor’s in Education, Middle School Math and Science.

Past Teaching Experience: Alston Middle School, 8th grade Math.

Fun Fact: “’Friends’ is my favorite TV show!”

 

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Ariana Mitchell

Current Position: Alston Middle School, 7th grade Math/Algebra 1

Years Teaching:  6

Education: College of Charleston, Bachelor’s in Middle Grades Education.

Past Teaching Experience: DD4, teacher, 8th grade Math/Algebra 1 Honors.

Fun Fact: “I teach at the Middle School I attended.”

 

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Alaina Nixon

Current Position: Alston Bailey Elementary, 4th grade Math, Science, Social Studies.

Years Teaching: 4

Education: Charleston Southern University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Walden University, Educational Leadership and Administration.

Fun Fact: “I enjoy spending time with my two boys and my husband. In my free time I enjoy crafting and shopping.”

 

 

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Melissa Odom

Current Position: Sand Hill Elementary School, 4th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Years Teaching: 17

Education: Anderson University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Calhoun Elementary and McLees Elementary schools in Anderson, SC, teacher; DD2, Eagle Nest Elementary School, teacher; Knightsville Elementary School, teacher; Sand Hill Elementary School, 4th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Fun Fact: “My family and I love to spend time outdoors gardening, at the beach, four-wheeling, and just being together.”

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Deb Runyon

Current Position: Oakbrook Middle School, 6th grade Math

Years Teaching:  38

Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Master’s in Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Volunteered and worked in schools in Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and California. Has taught every grade and subject at Oakbrook Middle School.

Fun Fact: “I sing bass in an acapella barbershop chorus.”

 

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Dorchester School District Four

Nicole Bryant

Current Position: Clay Hill Elementary, instructional coach.

Years Teaching: 15

Past Teaching Experience:  She currently works with teachers in grades pre-k through 5th grade to help create rigorous standards-based instruction.

Fun Fact: Nicole enjoys learning and teaching all subjects. She believes that in order to teach anything, you have to always be willing to learn.

 

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Ivory Howard

Current Position: Harleyville Elementary School, 5th grade Math and Science teacher.

Years Teaching:  12

Education:  Claflin University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Southern Wesleyan University, Master’s in Education.

Past Teaching Experience: Clay Hill Elementary School, DD4, 5th grade; Black Street Elementary School, Colleton County School District, 5th grade Math and Social Studies.

Fun Fact: “I love watching cartoons!!”

 

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Isaac Lowrance

Current Position: Woodland High School, Algebra 1 and Math Essentials. 

Years Teaching: 3

EducationCharleston Southern University, Bachelor’s in Secondary Math Education,  Master’s in Secondary Administration and Supervision.

Past Teaching Experience: R.B. Stall High School, Geometry and Algebra Skills. Ashley Ridge High School, Math Essentials, Geometry, Probability and Statistics.

Fun Fact: “I met my wife at CSU during a Fellowship of a Christian Athletes event.”

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Brittany (Wright) Sibert 

Current Position: Woodland High School, 9th grade Math

Years Teaching: 8

Education: South Carolina State University, Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education and Master’s in Elementary Education.

Fun Fact: “I enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants.”

 

 

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Rebecca Steedley

Current Position: St. George Middle School, 6th grade Math.

Years Teaching: 38

Education: Purdue University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Middle School Math Certified, Highly Qualified.

Past Teaching Experience: 36 years in Colleton County School; 3 years DD4.

Fun Fact: “I love the Wizard of Oz and have memorabilia from the movie throughout my classroom.”

 

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Amanda Wozniak 

Current Position: Williams Memorial Elementary, 5th grade Math.

Years Teaching: 12

Education: TriState University in Angola, IN, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

Past Teaching Experience: 12 years at Williams Memorial, 5th grade Math and 3rd grade self-contained.

Fun Fact: “I won a state championship for high school soccer back in Michigan and received a full ride scholarship to play soccer in college.”

 

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