Sue Carter — Pleasant Hill Elementary
Lexington County School District One proudly named Pleasant Hill Elementary’s Sue H. Carter its District Teacher of the Year at the annual Teacher of the Year Celebration, honoring outstanding teachers who exemplify a commitment and dedication to educating students. Carter, an interventionist and Reading Recovery teacher, now goes on to compete in next year’s state-level Teacher of the Year program.
The district’s Teacher of the Year celebration took place Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 6:30 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center at River Bluff High School.
Influenced at a young age to become a teacher by watching her younger brother struggle with academics, Carter finds creative ways to equip her students with strategies needed to succeed. She believes her greatest accomplishment is hearing a student say, “I did it!” and watching them become independent and confident problem-solvers.
“The best part of teaching is sharing my love of learning and my love of reading, while watching students grow along with me. Teachers are also students and we learn so much as we interact with each other. It is a privilege to teach children how valuable and important they are.”
An educator for 22 years, Carter earned a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in divergent learning from Columbia College. She holds certifications in early childhood elementary education, learning disabilities and reading recovery. She also holds a gifted and talented endorsement, as well as a Read to Succeed Literacy Teacher endorsement.
She is a member of the Columbia Area Reading Council, the Reading Recovery Council of North America and the Pleasant Hill Elementary Parent Teacher Association.
As part of the selection process, all 31 school-level Teachers of the Year completed a written application form.
Since the district currently has 17 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools and one technology center, three teams of elementary school-level judges, one team of middle school-level judges and one team of high school-level judges used an established rubric to read and score application forms.
The two school-level TOYs with the highest scores from each team became the Top 10 Finalists. There are six elementary school finalists, two middle school finalists and two high school finalists.