Jessica McCormick, 4th Grade Teacher at Mellichamp Elementary School, Named the 2016-17 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year McCormick graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree from her alma mater. She began her teaching career in 2012 at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School where she taught English Language Arts in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. McCormick arrived at Mellichamp Elementary School in 2014 and quickly became a leader in the school and in the classroom. In addition to being selected as the Teacher of the Year at Mellichamp Elementary School in 2016, McCormick’s other honors and awards include being named Teacher of the Month in 2014, having 92% of her students pass the Social Studies PASS Test, having the highest percentage of students increasing STAR Reading Scores, and receiving the Literacy Leader Award. As the District Teacher of the Year, McCormick received the use of a brand new Toyota RAV4 from our sponsor Jimmy Jones Toyota for one year. The entire OCSD5 family congratulates Jessica on this special accomplishment as she represents our district both at home and around the State.
Autumn Coulter, 4th Grade Teacher at Sheridan Elementary, Named the 2015-16 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year
The new school year officially began for OCSD5 teachers and administrators on Monday, August 10 with an opening session highlighted by high-energy staff development activities and culminating with the announcement of Autumn Coulter as the 2015-16 District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Coulter came to Sheridan Elementary School in 2011 through the Teach for America program and fell in love with the school and her students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech. Like many of her peers, Coulter knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She recalls spending hours teaching a class of stuffed animals and Raggedy Ann and Andy in her bedroom when she was four years old. As the announcement of the District Teacher of the Year was about to made, a buzz of excitement raced through the room as Jimmy Jones, the owner of Jones Toyota in Orangeburg, announced that his business would be providing the use of a 2015 Toyota Camry for one year to the winner. OCSD5 deeply appreciates the demonstration of support for public education from Jones Toyota. Finalists for the District Teacher of the Year were Mary Pent of Dover Elementary School, Tabitha Johnson of Rivelon Elementary School, Deloris Smith of Mellichamp Elementary School, and Priscilla Charley of Robert E. Howard Middle School. Profiles of all of our OCSD5 Teachers of the Year will appear throughout the year in our monthly newsletter, the E-Blast in Five.