FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence One Schools district has narrowed its field for its 2021-22 Teacher of the Year to four finalists.
- Ashley Dawkins, Southside Middle School.
- Emily Leaphart, Lester Elementary School.
- Taneisha Muldrow, Timrod Elementary School.
- Cynthia Watson, Carver Elementary School.
Each school teacher of the year competing for the title of Florence 1 Schools Teacher of the Year recently completed an application packet containing information relevant to the teaching profession.
An outside panel of three selection committee members reviewed the packets and rated each one using specific selection criteria. The four teachers whose packets received the highest ratings have been named Honor Roll Teachers.
The Teacher of the Year Selection Committee has been scheduled to hold interview sessions separately with the honor roll teachers this week. Scores from the interview and application packet will be calculated, and Florence One's Teacher of the Year will be announced by Superintendent Richard O’Malley.
The Florence One Teacher of the Year's name will be submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education, and the Florence One Schools Teacher of the Year will then vie for the title of South Carolina Teacher of the Year, having until January 2022 to complete the South Carolina Department of Education's application packet.
The three members of the selection committee are Tyron Jones, an interim vice president, Florence-Darlington Technical College; Lindsay Simmons, an assistant professor of education at Francis Marion University; and Lisa Stockdale, an assistant professor at Coker University’s Wiggins School of Education.