Summit Drive Elementary teacher named South Carolina Teacher of the Year finalist
After the challenge of transitioning from in-person to virtual teaching due to COVID-19, Angelica Childes was named a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year during a Wednesday morning ceremony by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.
Childes said that early in her career she wrote her ambitions in dry erase marker and one of those just happened to be Teacher of the Year.
"At the time it seemed like a crazy big dream and when I won Teacher of the Year for Summit Drive I felt like it was a huge accomplishment."
At the the peak of the pandemic, the district needed virtual teachers and Childes said she wanted to meet that need.
"No one really wanted to leave, but I volunteered and I was excited. The district has poured a lot into me, and I've gotten pretty extensive training," Childes said.
Calling her students Ms. Childes World Changers, her hope is that education on a global scale and children from all backgrounds will have high quality education.
"I have mixed emotions," Childes said. "I am excited and honored but at the same time I'm almost uneasy. I am one teacher amongst thousands not only in our county but in our state. I know that the rest of the teachers across our state deserve this just as much as I do," she said.
Childes said it's a huge accomplishment for her, as she's in her sixth year of teaching.
"I never dreamed of district Teacher of the Year or top five in the state, so I think that teaches me to continue to dream, to continue to make goals and dream bigger."
Summit Drive principal Kelly Hellams thanked Childes for everything that she's done for her students, including her son.
Along with four other state finalists, Childes will compete to be the state’s top educator, winning $25,000 and a BMW.
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