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Meet Caroline Manning, Richland 1 District Teacher of the Year

Today’s #teacherhero is Caroline Manning, a second grade teacher at Brennen Elementary (Go Bulldogs!).  Here’s a bit of her story in her own words:

“While an undergrad at the University of South Carolina, I had the honor of serving as a page for the House Education and Public Works Committee in the SC Legislature. After listening to lobbyists, constituents, and representatives discuss various education matters, I realized that I wanted to delve into educational policies and practices and decided to take an education course. After my first classroom practicum with USC, my outlook changed. I realized I was called to serve in education by teaching in the classroom.

After graduating with a major in political science and minor in education, I attended graduate school to receive my Masters in Elementary Education. Throughout my various practicums and student teaching, I learned so much about myself and realized that I wanted to teach elementary school because it was the best fit for my personality.

I love that every day is new and challenging. Each class and each year is different from the last. You must self-reflect and not become stagnant. Collaboration is key, and I currently work and have worked with amazing educators who challenge and push me to do my best for my students.

What I love most about my job is the relationships that I have formed with my students and their families. My first class of students are now in college or in the work field. I am so proud of all my students and have learned something from each child that I’ve taught.

I feel so blessed that I was called to be a teacher. It takes sacrifice and love. Educators make an imprint on the lives of children forever. There is a massive responsibility that comes with this career, but also great rewards.”

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