Teacher Tributes

Carrie Forrest

Saluda High School

Carrie devotes her heart and head to the academic and personal growth of our students at SHS. In addition to teaching a range of math classes, including AP Prob and Stats, she also advises our school’s student council. Every sporting event, Carrie Forrest is found in the stands cheering on all of the student athletes. Before and after school, it is the norm that she has students in her room for additional help, not just her own students but any student needing additional help in math or other subjects that she can help. Carrie is a true servant leader! It is an honor and privilege to work along side of her, and I hope one day my own children will have her as a teacher. She is a true#teacherhero!

Nominated By: Heather Harmon

Saluda County School District

Laura Friar

Six Mile Elementary

Mrs. Friar goes the extra mile to make sure her students are treated fairly and respectfully. Always the professional, she attends trainings outside of her workday and betters her craft each year. She is a leader and motivator in her grade level and around the school. She gives of her time and talents to the local community and is often seen at community events supporting her students. Mrs. Friar is consistent and strong in her classroom management skills. My child greatly benefitted from bring in her kindergarten classroom this past year. Laura Friar is an everyday hero, but a huge asset to Six Mile Elementary, Pickens County, and public education in the state of South Carolina.

Nominated By: Elizabeth Atcheson


Cassie Power

Laurens High school

Gives everything she has to her students. She encourages them, and never lets them give up.

Nominated By: Loren Taylor

Laurens 55

Mrs nateile schumate

independence elementary

My son’s kindergarten teacher is very caring to her students, but what makes her a wonderful teacher is that my son is in 5th grade now and to this day when she sees him she always says hello and how much you have grown. She always called her students her kids even with kids of her own and she still calls her students her kids. She has thought my son everything he needs to know for 1st grade and she always complicates and comucatiates with the parents when she sees something wrong.

Nominated By: Jennifer mcdaniel

york county

Christina Randall

Hardeeville Ridgeland Middle School

She not only helps you make good choices in band, she helps you make life choices. she inspires kids to keep trying and never give up.

Nominated By: Mikayla Blackshear

Jasper County


Hardeeville ridgland middle school

My teacher is a hero because when I want to give up she encourages me to try harder even when I fall down. Also because she fights for us and she believes In our band. When we needed to practice she took time out of her life to help and be with us that’s how I know she truly loves us me , and that’s what makes my teacher a hero

Nominated By: Lael Durden

Jasper county school district


Hardeeville Ridgeland Middle School

She is always there when we need her!! Whatever we need she makes sure we have. She is my hero and I appreciate her a lot.

Nominated By: Ta’Kira Glover

Jasper County

christina randall

hardeeville ridgeland middle school

She always puts others first before herself. She cares for her students and others in the community. Mrs. randall very helpful in making decisions not only in music but in life.

Nominated By: alyse flores

jasper county school district

Christina J. Randall

Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School

She’s is very passionate about her job and she always puts us first and she has such a loving heart.

Nominated By: Kayla Rowell

Jasper County

Deborah Parrish

College Park Elementary School

Mrs. Parrish is a multi-age special education elementary teacher, a mother of two boys, a dependable colleague, and a dedicated, passionate professional in the field of pedagogy. She continually seeks to improve her teaching practice. She mentors and guides both general education and special education teachers informally. She collaborates with all grade-level teachers, volunteers her time to take action to improve the lives of students in her school community, and always shows patience. She builds a feeling of safety within her classroom and among her colleagues. Throughout the year, Mrs. Parrish painstakingly and lovingly creates thematic, engaging units for her students to provide relevant, real-world experiences that engage her students in all five senses. Her practice every single day is intentional and focused, with the goal that her students will be happy, productive, and contributing members of society with a fulfilling and purposeful life and a promising future.
Most of all, Mrs. Parrish has won the trust of her colleagues and students through her Yoda-like wisdom, patience and humility. I often look to her for advice on how to handle non-instructional routines and behaviors. Her actions embody what the great Yoda said: “You will find only what you bring in.” Mrs. Parrish brings patience, belief in others, undying commitment, professionalism, passion, perseverance, and trust. She is a hero.

Nominated By: Maria Earl

Berkeley County School District