Mayo’s Thompson named DCSD’s Teacher of Year

Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson, an English teacher at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, will represent Darlington County School District (DCSD) as District Teacher of the Year for 2020-21.
Superintendent Tim Newman made the announcement during the district’s annual convocation. The district held its convocation digitally this year and streamed the announcement to employees across the county.
Thompson is English Department chair at Mayo High and she teaches English and Literature there. Thompson’s selection as District Teacher of the Year comes after a thorough judging process that included an extensive application and a panel interview.
“Mrs. Thompson brings a fierce dedication for her students every day,” said Newman. “She embraces the challenges of emerging technologies and approaches, and she cares for the success of each of her students. We are proud to have her represent the Darlington County School District, and I congratulate her selection as District Teacher of the Year.”
Thompson has taught at Mayo High since 2002, and she taught English and Social Studies at Lamar High School for three years in two stints prior. She has a total of 25 years teaching experience.
She is National Board Certified in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, and she holds a Master of Arts in Secondary English Education from Converse College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Converse. Thompson is certified in Advanced Placement for English Language and Composition, English Literature, and U.S. History.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the 2020-2021 DCSD District Teacher of the Year,” Thompson said. “Many teachers and colleagues who are my role models are former school or district teachers of the year, so I definitely have some big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Newman, the district personnel, the Darlington County Board of Education and, of course, our talented, dedicated Teacher Forum. It’s going to be a great year!”
Judges, who included former Teachers of the Year and district administrators, selected Thompson from five finalists. The four remaining finalists will serve as the district’s 2020-21 Honor Roll Teachers of the Year. They are:
Jennifer Cooper, Darlington High School
Jeffery Tadlock, Hartsville Middle School
Michelle Turner, North Hartsville Elementary School
Colleen Sullivan, West Hartsville Elementary School/Bay Road Elementary
Judges selected the five finalists from the pool of 2020-21 School Teachers of the Year. These peer-selected teachers will serve on the district’s Teacher Forum and Leadership Council, acting as teacher leaders and advisers for the district.
All 23 School Teachers of the Year are:
Nateka Cole, Brockington Elementary Magnet School
Jhemar Sabido, Brunson-Dargan Elementary School/J.L. Cain Elementary
Kendal Edwards, Cain Elementary School/J.L. Cain Elementary
Mary Lesley, Carolina Elementary School
Latrica Jackson, Darlington County Institute of Technology
Susan Tomlinson, Darlington County Intervention School
Jennifer Cooper, Darlington High School
Jennifer Middaugh, Darlington Middle School
Jennifer McGraw, Hartsville High School
Jeffery Tadlock, Hartsville Middle School
Pam Braddock, Lamar Elementary School/Lamar-Spaulding Elementary
Joshua Pierce, Lamar High School
Elizabeth Thompson, Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology
Michelle Turner, North Hartsville Elementary School
Lacy Jackson, Pate Elementary School
Desiray Rushing, Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School
Beth Hall Caulder, Southside Early Childhood Center
Dee Driggers, Spaulding Elementary School/Lamar-Spaulding Elementary
McKenzie Pierce, Spaulding Middle School
Jason Earle, St. John’s Elementary School
Kathryn Charleston, Thornwell School for the Arts
Ashlynne Charlton, Washington Street Elementary School/Bay Road Elementary
Colleen Sullivan, West Hartsville Elementary School/Bay Road Elementary

Author: Rachel Howell

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