Teacher Tributes

Jennifer Cuneo

Carolina Park

All 3 of my kids have been taught by Mrs. Cuneo. There are a few things that make Mrs. Cuneo special:

1. Mrs. Cuneo loves teaching. One who meets Mrs. Cuneo understands almost immediately she is not just a teacher to collect a paycheck and pension, but thoroughly in love with her occupation.

2. Because of Mrs. Cuneo’s passion for teaching, she is a master of the art of teaching, but always looking for ways to improve education experience.

3. Mrs. Cuneo is remarkably qualified and has consistently demonstrated the ability to get results with children of ALL levels of ability and backgrounds.

Nominated By: Greg Hull


Mary Huffman

Carolina Park Elementary

Mrs. Huffman is a hero to me since she always gives back to the community where we live and to soldiers across the world. She organizes adopt-a-highway and adopt-a-beach each month with a non-profit named Low Country Parrotheads. Mrs. Huffman also started adopt-a-campus at our school so that we can learn to give back and care for our environment too. She’s on the Board of Directors for a non-profit named Treats 4 Troops that organizes and sends out home-made treats for soldiers across the world in war zones. We are also helping with this project by baking treats and sending out letters to our soldiers each month. Mrs. Huffman in my hero since she is someone that I want to be like when I grow up!

Nominated By: Madelyn Huffman

Charleston County School District

Rochelle Gadsden

Zucker Middle School

Ms. Gadsden teaches emotionally challenged middle school students…mostly boys. She spends many hours after work and on weekends planning innovative and exciting lessons to keep her students focused and actively engaged while learning. In addition to her daily work, she visits her students’ homes to develop relationships with their families, cooks them meals, purchases school supplies and clothes when needed, and tutors them after school. Ms. Gadsden is also a student pursuing a master’ degree in education. She has a passion and love for teaching and holds high expectations for her students regardless of their emotional and behavioral challenges. She is definitely a hero teacher!

Nominated By: Annette Gadsden

Charleston County School District

Caitlin Kennedy

Macedonia Middle School

Caitlin is a resource teacher at Macedonia Middle. She definitely has a passion for the career that she has chosen to do. It takes such a dedicated, passionate, and nurturing person to be a teacher. As her best friend, it has been so amazing to see her grow as a person since she has started teaching. When one teaches, two learn.

Nominated By: Paulina Peralta

Charleston County

Paula Luciano

Beech Hill Elementary

Ms. Luciano goes above and beyond for her student. Each year she challenges them to meet or exceeds State Standers. One year she told students whoever meet or exceeded the scores for that test they could hit her with water balloons it was in December. Last year she let them use shaving cream. Each year she finds new ways for her students to achieve there personal goals in a fun and unusual way.

Nominated By: Kathleen Luciano

Dorchester 2

Gina Philyaw

Vareenes Elementary

Shes a hero!!! There are so mamy things to say! She looped w her 3rd grade class and watched them grow and kept moving up
Till 5th! She has her same babies for those years! She taught them real life situations taught them self confidence and whatreal life is like but did it with so much love and heart and would go out of the way for any child! She always keeps up with her students and does her best ive never met a teacher so nice and understand and willing to do whatever it takes even if its putting herself last that is what she does! She stays positive which keeps everyone positive doesnt matter what day she has had! Always willing to go the extra mile and set great examples you can’t get a better teacher if you try! Please this is my HERO and always will be! It takes a real HERO never to give up and keep us all happy!

Nominated By: Chandler Yeargi


Rebecca Day


Mrs. DAY was my third grade teacher. I came in to her classroom with no self esteem and bad grades. She built my self esteem up. She had me believing in myself. My grades improved. She had me wanting to learn more. She stills checks on me and see how I am doing.

Nominated By: Kayleigh Vines

District 50

Mrs. Debra Garrett

Carolina Springs Elementary School

She turned my child from disliking school and never wanting to go to a child that is excited to learn and to go to school everyday. She was extremely patient and kind with my son. She is a phenomenal teacher. I am so incredibly grateful to her. She is truly an asset to our school.

Nominated By: Megan Palmer

Lexington 1

Christina Randall

Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School

She has helped me in so many ways she is like a mother to me.

Nominated By: Kayla Rowell

Jasper County

Marsha Neal

Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School

Marsha has always had a passion for learning, and she wants to pass that passion on to every student in her classroom. She realizes that for a child to exceed as an adult in the world, they must have the mental and social skills to accomplish this. She believes in teaching each child in her classroom to never just “settle”, but to aspire at becoming better in all aspects of their life and to learn the skills to accomplish their dreams. She has a true passion for each and every student who enters her classroom.

Nominated By: Karen Neal

Jasper County