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Meet Anthony Pitts, Jasper County Teacher of the Year

Anthony Pitts has been teaching for 25 years.  He is a #teacherhero in South Carolina, currently serving at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School.  Here’s his story in his own words:

“I knew I was anointed to be a teacher at an early age. My 5th grade reading teacher, Mrs. Freeman, saw something in me—even at that early stage of my education journey—that I did not see in myself. I often found myself imparting knowledge, modeling, applying and synthesizing information, reflecting on what I did and how I could do it better the next time, and most importantly, did I inspire someone to achieve that which is greater for themselves.

After 25 years of teaching and leading, I am still “fired up and ready to go” because I live and breath my passion, which is molding minds, positively influencing lives and perspectives, and leading with conviction and purpose.

It is always satisfying to see students reach that “aha” moment and connect theory and conceptual knowledge to real-world scenarios. This is what I call transferrable and applied learning opportunities. Our students need more celebrations for their differing methods to reaching success and gains in learning. There is no monotonous measure to achievement. I believe in providing multiple pathways to reaching the same goals in learning.

I always and consistently tell people who are contemplating becoming a teacher to make sure that your personal and professional values, ethics, and moral compasses reflect an unconditional love for working with children, regardless that student’s socio-economic status. To be a teacher means putting in hard work, challenging assumptions, re-evaluating self-efficacy, and being both the observer and an active participant.

Teaching is the one profession that creates other professions; we are the creators and gatekeepers of the future in this society.”

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