Teacher Tributes

Emily Knight

south side

She is nice and she loves kids. She wants us to all be successful.

Nominated By: catroya roary


Mr. Peake

southside middle school

He trusts me and the main thing I like about him is he treats me like an adult.

Nominated By: james sellers



Southside Middle School

She is a teacher hero because she listens to your problems and helps you out. She has a very outgoing attutiude and is a very friendly teacher.

Nominated By: Breanna Blocker

Florence school district 1

Mr. Kamon Singleton

Heyward Gibbes Middle School

Described as the “quintessential teacher” by his peers, Kamon Singleton is a prolific language arts teacher. He really loves what he does and he loves his students, and that translates into his work every day. Mr. Singleton thrives on the adoption of new ideas and pedagogies. Mr. Singleton also became heavily invested in learning about a new curriculum for middle level english language arts teachers. He provided building level support in helping launch the use of this curriculum. One of my favorite take-aways from his instructional practices: Singleton hosts a Poetry Slam in which he invites parents of students to the school to celebrate their children’s writing.

Nominated By:

Richland One

Amelia Arnold

McLaurin Elementary School

She always put a smile on my face when I walked in the door to school every single morning. When you asked her for help on something she would do it the best she could, not half way like some other teachers would. Also, she will have your back in whatever the situation is, and never leave you. That is why I nominate, Amelia Arnold, as a #teacherhero

Nominated By:

Florence School District One

Ms. Trynee Thomas

Heyward Gibbes Middle School

Ms. Trynee Thomas is a 7th grade math teacher who has been teaching with Richland School District One for 16 years. Ms.Thomas strives to be an asset in her students’ lives by nurturing their talents and supporting them during their struggles and challenges. She holds students to high expectations, encourages them to take academic risks, and provides effective learning opportunities. She is focused on empowering students so they can empower themselves.

Nominated By: Adrian Goodman

Richland School District One

Ms. Nnenna Anorou

Heyward Gibbes Middle School

Nnenna Anorou is a 6th-7th grade math teacher who has been teaching in Richland School District One for 2 years. Ms. Anorou’s love for STEM is evident in her inspirational instruction. Her greatest pride as a teacher comes from the academic and social growth she nurtures in her students, and in their increased acknowledgment of the power of taking risks and learning from others. She is a lifelong learner and continuously seeks out opportunities to build her capacity to make learning rigorous, engaging and accessible to all students.

Nominated By: Adrian Goodman

Richland School District One

Elizabeth Odom

South Florence High School

Mrs. Odom motivates and empowers her students to express themselves as artists. She understands how to teach a young artist how to explore their creative mind and hold them accountable to the goals of their works.

She has implemented National Art Honor Society at South Florence and currently has over 50 members. She has also brought back AP Art to South Florence and in her first year teaching AP art all three of her students received AP credit and passes their AP exams with high marks. This year she has eight AP Art students and most, if not all, are projected to pass their AP Art exam.

She has received the South Florence High School Teacher of the Month award and was nominated for South Florence High School Teacher of the Year last school year.

She is an excellent example for how teachers should work with and motivate their students.

Nominated By: Matthew

Florence School District One

Mr. Carl Scales

Alice Drive Elementary

Mr. Scales is our energetic and extremely talented music teacher at Alice Drive Elementary. He takes time out of his busy day to mentor male students experiencing difficulties with behavior within the classroom. He’s also amped up our music program by having our students perform musicals for the public, such as Lion King and this year’s Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Scales is also heading up the Run Hard program, to train male students to run a 5K in the spring. He also plays the trombone for the Sumter County Community Band. As you can see from the multitude of activities, Mr. Scales supports the growth and development of the whole child. He’s our school’s very own Super Hero.

Nominated By: Karen Buffalo

Sumter School District

Keith Johnson

Rollings Middle School of the Arts

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented educators during my 30+ year teaching career. Without a doubt, however, eighth grade English teacher Keith Johnson tops the list. Thanks to his dedication to and love of teaching, Keith seamlessly combines reading, writing, and grammar with technology, the arts, and humor to keep all of his students engaged, on task, and learning.

Nominated By: Julie Stephenson

Dorchester Distrct Two