Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Stephanie Haecherl, a second-grade teacher at Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, was awarded the 2018 Teacher of the Year for the Charleston County School District.
Her 10th year in education is probably going to be the most memorable of her career thus far.
She was honored at Wednesday’s district Teacher of the Year Celebration.
Her named called in front of hundreds of her colleagues, the CCSD Board of Trustees, district partners and sponsors.
“It feels very rewarding,” said Haecherl. “I am just so overwhelmed. I am so excited and so happy to be able represent my school and my district. It is worth it to be able to stand up and speak for students and teachers, to have a voice in how we can improve education, and keep doing the things that are good and make them even better.”
Haecherl is a national board-certified teacher, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Mars Hill College (currently Mars Hill University) and Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College.
Haecherl says she is committed to being a lifelong learner and leader, with a current focus on grant writing and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) initiatives.
“I am so very proud of her,” added Whitesides Principal Cynthia Perez. “I cannot think of anyone that’s more deserving, and we had a room full of teachers who were deserving of that [award]. She gives it her heart and soul every single day. She knows those kids in and out, not only in her classroom, but in her grade level and throughout the school.”
Haecherl will help lead the CCSD Teacher of the Year Roundtable during the 2018-2019 school year; she will also receive a one-year lease to drive a MINI Cooper.
Haecherl follows 2017 honoree, Mia Pace of Julian Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School, on the acclaimed list of CCSD Teachers of the Year.