6 2018-19 CSD2 Teachers of the Year named

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MANNING - Clarendon School District 2 has announced its 2018-19 Teachers of the Year. The District Teacher of the Year will be announced in August on the opening day of school.

Gloria Sanchez

The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for Manning Early Childhood Center is Gloria Sanchez.

"The most rewarding part of my career is helping the students I teach to succeed," Sanchez said. "For me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smiles on my children's faces when they have accomplished a goal that they have been working on for quite some time."

Sanchez, who teaches kindergarten, said her students are not allowed to use the words "I can't."

"To me, this is a sign of defeat, which I refuse to encourage," she added. "In my classroom, we focus on what we can do, instead of what we cannot. I enjoy making a difference."

Making her students effective members of society is something Sanchez said she focuses on in her classroom activities.

"I am willing to go that extra mile to ensure my children are getting what they need socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively because I value their learning," Sanchez said. "Just as I value their learning, I think it is essential to teach them to value themselves. It is my belief that distributing love and proper guidance, as well as displaying positive morals and values, is a great way to foster students' improvement and help children to become effective members of society."

Sanchez, who has been teaching for the past four years, has an Associate degree in Early Care and Education with an emphasis on Infant and Toddlers. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. She is pursuing her Master of Education in Educational Administration.

Sanchez is the founder/president of Educators Rock!, which she started in June 2017 with help from several other teachers.

"Our vision is reaching every student, in every way," she added. "Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning."

Sanchez is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Palmetto State Teachers Association and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Susan Freeman

The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for the Manning Primary School is Susan Freeman.

"Fostering a love of reading in young students is the most rewarding part of my job," Freeman said. "By creating engaging lessons, students learn to think critically, successfully collaborate with their peers and analyze various genres of text."

Freeman, who teaches second- and third-graders, described every day in the classroom as a "good day."

"Every day is a good day because students leave the media center with a better understanding of how to interact with text and with an excitement of having new library books to take home."

Freeman has been teaching for Clarendon School District 2 for 11 1/2 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Adolescent Literacy and a professional certificate in Library Media and Information Science.

Freeman is a volunteer for local food pantries and Habitat for Humanity. She's an active member of First Presbyterian Church where she is involved in various community activities. She is also one of the coordinators for her church's Vacation Bible School.

Freeman is a member of the S.C. Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education.

Jordan Price

The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for Manning Elementary School is Jordan Price.

"The most rewarding part of my career is watching my students grow as learners," Price said. "I love to see students grow to love math and become confident in their problem-solving skills."

Price, who teaches fourth grade, has been teaching for 10 years and for the past seven years in Clarendon School District 2.

Price is a 2003 graduate of Manning High School and a 2007 graduate of Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Price also earned her Master of Education in Instructional Accommodation from FMU.

Price is also active in her community. She is a member of Clarendon Baptist Church where she serves as an AWANA leader. She is also a team mom for Clarendon County Recreation Department during baseball season.

Tyrone Cummings

The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for Manning Junior High School is Tyrone Cummings.

"The potential and ability to transform lives is the most rewarding part of my career," Cummings said. "The act of helping and supporting students in any number of ways, from academic to welfare and emotional learning, is rewarding and gratifying in an educator's life."

Cummings is a seventh- and eighth-grade math interventionist, and he also serves Manning Junior High School as the Original Six Foundation Afterschool Program coordinator. Cumming has been teaching for 4 1/2 years, all with District 2.

Cummings earned an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. Cummings is pursuing a Master of Education in Administration at USC.

Cummings is a member of the S.C. Education Association, the S.C. State Council of the International Reading Association and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.

Cummings is also committed to his community by serving as a motivational speaker, vocalist and youth mentor.

"I am committed to educating students, colleagues, families and the community through establishing strong relationships," Cummings said. "As an educational leader and advocate, I have dedicated myself to becoming a lifelong learner and strive to instill a similar desire in my students through meaningful relationships."

Elizabeth M. McDonald

The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for Manning High School is Elizabeth M. McDonald.

"The most rewarding part of my career in education is getting to be a part of the lives of so many young people," McDonald said. "Having the ability to take a student from strongly disliking social studies and history to being able to tolerate it or even love it is an awesome feeling."

McDonald, who has been teaching for five years, two of those years in District 2, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from Clemson University. She earned a Master in Education from Anderson University, and she is pursuing a Master in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. McDonald is also taking courses at Clemson University to gain her English Speakers of Other Languages certification.

"I love when students start to make connections across time and begin to understand that history is a story of how a person's decisions impact someone, without them even knowing the imprint they are leaving in time," McDonald said.

McDonald is a member of the Palmetto State Teachers' Association, the S.C. Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Social Studies, S.C. Geographic Alliance.

McDonald is committed to her community. She teaches violin lessons and helps Manning High School's Student Council with various school service projects, including the Maranatha Food Bank, food drives and the first Fall Festival for children in District 2.

Angela D. Canty

The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for Monarch Academy is Angela D. Canty.

"Teaching students is the most rewarding part of my career in education," Canty shared. "I work hard to see that spark of confidence in my students when they understand and achieve success. It is a privilege and an honor to help students."

Canty has been teaching for 14 years, all of them at District 2. She has a Master of Education in Learning Disabilities from Francis Marion University and a Master in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Canty also has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology from the USC Upstate Campus and an Environmental Science Laboratory Certification from Central Carolina Technical College.

Canty is a member of the National Science Teacher Association, the Water Environmental Association S.C. and Clemson Honor Society.

She is quite involved in her community and church, serving in the Fellowship Baptist Missionary Department, the Fellowship Baptist Mass Choir and the Fellowship Baptist Scholarship Committee.