Teacher Tributes

LaVerne Brock

Whitmire Community School

As Senior Beta Club Sponsor, an English teacher, and the senior class sponsor, Mrs. Brock goes above and beyond to help her students. She ensures that each of her pupils have an understanding of the context while making it interesting. She organizes the graduation ceremonies each year, takes multiple high schoolers to the senior beta convention, and also takes time to know everyone of her students and their dreams. Even helping me to become a Teaching Fellow for the state of South Carolina by letting me leaving the Beta Convention for a few hours to conduct my interview so one day I can be an English teacher like her. She truly is an inspiration to students, peers, and community members!

Nominated By: Lea Toby

Newberry County School District

Ms Standridge

Bridge Academy

This is tough for me cause I can’t go to my home school and was sent here and she has been wonderful to me in everyway and then some.she has stuck by me in any thing I did.she became my friend and then she retired and now I have to get used to a new teacher,so I hope that she can live up to You ❤️thank you.

Nominated By: hope dehos


MaryLynn Woodward

North Vista Elementary School

Ms. Woodward was such a blessing to our family! She was a lifeline to my daughter during a very rough couple of years! Ms. Woodward gave her courage and strength to do her very best! She inspires all of her students daily!!!

Nominated By: Angel Saverance

Florence School District 1

Eric Cooper

Darlington Middle School

Mr. Cooper is a hero because in his classroom, you learn more than reading comprehension skills, you learn life skills. When I had Mr. Cooper as a teacher, I was a teenage boy who had just lost his dad and needed a male role model. I found that role model in Mr. Cooper. He was there for me like a dad and I needed it. He stayed on me about grades, choosing the right friends, and through his Distinguish Young Gentlemen’s club, instilled many values of manhood. Because of Mr. Cooper’s impact on my life( even after I left his class), I graduated in the top 10 of my class and am a SC Teaching Fellow ready to get to work with the next generation of visionaries.

Nominated By: Delonte Hough

Darlington County School District

Chris Register

Sandhills Middle School

Mr. Register is an awesome teacher! He always helps us in his class and in our other classes. Mr. Register is our Special Olympics coach. He goes on a lot of trips with us. He coaches us in basketball, bocce ball, bowling, track, and disc golf. He also took us to the zoo on a field trip. Mr. Register teaches robotics. He also teachers us how to build kites and hot air balloons. We have a lot of fun in his class building things. I call him Cash Register.

Nominated By: Lane Edwards

Lexington 4

Brian Marcum

Sandhills Middle School

Mr. Marcum is a great teacher. He teaches us technology and how to design on the computer. He shows us cool technology sign language videos. He likes to help students when they get stuck with their work. Mr. Marcum lets me come to his room every day after lunch to work on building things. We designed a Mario together. Mr. Marcum also comes to our class and helps us. He helped us build a robot. He drinks a lot of La Croix. Mr. Marcum came to summer school to visit us. He plays basketball with us. He’s always nice and always helps us. Mr. Marcum is going to go to Greenville for Special Olympics with us this year. We call him Mario.

Nominated By: Lane Edwards

Lexington 4

Paige Starnes

Little Mountain Elementary School

She has a strong passion for helping the younger generations excell in education and life! Her effort to help each and every student is inspiring and heart warming. She is a true gift from God!

Nominated By: Telina Morris

Newberry County School District


Edisto Elementary

This teacher leader helps everyone in the Special Services Dept. She even goes to other schools in our district and helps with testing, policies and procedures without one complaint. The way she talks with her students and parents with such love and compassion. We had over a hundred end of the year conferences. She composed a timeline and arranged for coverage for teachers. All we had to do was show up and do our parts. This lady deserves to be recognize for her ability to be the glue to our department. Alicia Newman a phenomenon leader, teacher, wife, mother. grandmother, friend, and family member…..wearing any and all hats happily.

Nominated By: Merlene Wilson

Orangeburg 4

Gina Lee

West Florence High School

As my Junior year comes to an end, I’d like to take the time to send appreciation to my favorite English teacher, Gina Lee. Thank you for truly caring about me as a student, and as a person. You went out of your way to help me with my USC essay, my life problems and everything in between. You truly enjoy your job, and it’s beyond evident in and out of your classroom. Thank you for sparking my love for English, and for not only being my teacher, but also my friend. I love you!

Nominated By: Emilee Cox

Florence School District One

trina stidem

LBC Middle

She tries her hardest and when we are loud she finds a way to deal with it. She gives us a lot of work but its ok:)

Nominated By: Kristian Haase

Aiken County