- Charleston County School District
Unsung Educator of the Week
The "Unsung Educator of the Week" is a weekly honor given to a CCSD educator. The winner is nominated by a peer because of their determination to go above and beyond for our students. The winner for the week is published each Friday in the CCSD All Staff newsletter.
ARCHIVES: Unsung Educator 2019-2020
January 26, 2023
Ashley Johnson, Autism Teacher
C.E. Williams Middle School (North)
Jasmine Robinson Kaleidoscope Coordinator
James Simons Montessori
Jasmine has demonstrated teamwork from the time she started under Darron Teal years ago at James Simons. She was always stepping up to the plate by assisting parents like me who has a million and one questions about different programs the kids can join. Since she has taken on the Site Coordinator position, she treats each child like they are her own by showing love with a dash of sternness.
Jasmine exemplifies RESPECT no matter who you are, what age, or what position you hold. If respect is given, respect will be shown. I believe this is why her team supports her and her children EXCELS.
January 12, 2023
Turning Point Academy
"Mr. King is a teacher, an educator in every sense of the word. He truly puts students as the "Heart of his Work". His PBIS ticket program positively changes the behavior in so many students. He is also the founder of Project 82 which brings awareness to literacy in South Carolina. Mr. King also serves on charities from giving out turkeys to full Thanksgiving dinners for families. Mr. King is active in CCSD on the Teacher of the Year round table and the Teacher Pay Task Force.
Mr. King as President of the Charleston County Education Association, has impacted the community and students lives in many ways from sponsoring the Baptist Hill Volleyball Team (300$), Girls with Pearls (1,000$) and Workmens Cafe ($300).
This year he restarted the Septima Clark Leadership Award, which CCEA awarded to Dr. Binyard and Ms. Robinson of Clark Academy. The award originally given in 1974 for service to students will now be awarded annually.
Mr. King is a retired military officer, who is now continuing his life of service by putting students first." -nominated by a colleague
January 5, 2023
Nathaniel Pearson, Assistant Principal
North Charleston High School
Mr. Pearson evinces the epitome of teamwork. Whenever a faculty or staff member is in need of assistance and no matter how busy his agenda is, he assists. Often he is called upon to take on extra administrative chores and has yet to make a complaint.
Often from co-workers, his advice is sought from discipline to student counseling, from curriculum to extra-curricular activities, and from college and career readiness to sporting events and transportation.
He is an assistant principals' assistant principal. In addition, he is very trustworthy. If he says he is going to accomplish a task, please consider the task accomplished as one never has to worry about his worth ethics. He is objective, judicious, sagacious, creative, and always has a sense of calmness. Mr. Pearson is well-loved by all - particularly students. He has developed relationships with students whom he very much trusts, and as a result, he does the very best for all students who are in need of him.
He never tires of the quotidian tasks that he is described as the "Energizer Bunny" - never has anyone seen him idle. He is indeed always on the go with his instructional and non-instructional responsibilities and assignments. However, no educational administrator is beyond reproach. Sadly, however, the only criticism of him is that he eats too much candy!" --nominated by a colleague
December 8, 2022
Julie Garrett, Middle School Science
St. James-Santee ES/MS
Mrs. Garrett personifies dedication and excellence in her profession. She is always willing to go the extra mile for students and help them succeed. Their well-being and success is always her priority which means she is never idle but always working hard to help every middle school student at St. James Santee.
There is no problem she doesn't try to solve and no child she doesn't help. She is a real team player, a valuable educator, and a fantastic community member. --nominated by a colleague
December 1, 2022
E.B. Ellington Elementary School
November 17, 2022
Drayton Hall Elementary School
Darlinda is a team player and always goes the extra mile in and out of the classroom to make learning fun! Darlinda goes above and beyond to engage her students.
We need more teachers like her in our profession." --nominated by a colleague
November 10, 2022
CCSD’s Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator
November 3, 2022
Mike Grant, Student Concern Specialist
CCSD Early College High School
October 27, 2022
Dr. Shavonna Coakley
Director of School Support
Coakley is a reliable constant for school leaders to rely on. It is not uncommon to receive an email from Dr. Coakley late at night or early in the morning, which is evidence of the amount of time she commits and sacrifices to help building-level leaders.
October 20, 2022
West Ashley High School
"Jessie Mintz is the very definition of "Students are the Heart of Our Work". She is consistently working and striving to serve our students at West Ashley High School. She sponsors clubs to help students engage in extracurricular activities and find a community. She also volunteers at the Cat Mobile (a PBIS incentive) and supports the culinary students by visiting the Bistro!
However, Jessie' Mintz's passion for WAHS does not stop with our students. She is a strong advocate for the well-being of our teachers. She leads the Teacher Wellness Committee, where she creates monthly newsletters, sponsors wellness events, and is always there spreading positivity.
October 13, 2022
Stono Park Elementary
"Miss Flavin goes above and beyond everyday to ensure her Kindergarteners have a supportive, meaningful, and fun first year of school.
September 29, 2022
CCSD Nutrition Services
September 22, 2022
Liliana Montalvo-Perez (Bilingual Secretary)
Ladson Elementary School
September 15, 2022
Expanded Learning Kaleidoscope
September 9, 2022
Rebecca Accolla, Assistant Principal
Pinckney Elementary School
Mrs. Accolla lives to help others. She has joined our staff here as a teacher in the past and is now our assistant principal. She spent many hours over the summer painting the walls in the hall. When something needs to get done, she is on it in a minute. I have never seen her standing still. No job is beneath her. If it needs fixing, painted, scrubbed or replaced, she is on it. She even took home the classroom trash cans and power sprayed them. She does this all for the kids. So they can have a safe, clean and inviting environment. We appreciate everything she does for us all. Pinckney is blessed to have her.
September 4, 2022
James Simons Montessori School
"Mr. Phillip" joined the James Simons community during the 2021-2022 school year, and our students and staff have been the beneficiaries. Officially serving as a Teacher Assistant in a Lower Elementary classroom, Mr. Phillip shares his calm energy to all of the students who he encounters. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and is a true team player.
August 29, 2022
Julia Carter-Wood, Interventionist
Meeting Street at Burns Elementary
Mrs. Carter-Wood as an Unsung Educator exudes the absolute care, compassion and concern for our students.
Mrs. Carter-Wood exemplifies putting students at the heart of her work daily. She goes above and beyond for our kiddos by ensuring her learning environment is rigorous yet joyful. She holds high expectations while still showing a whole lot of love. She is patient, thorough, nerdy over data, teaches with such urgency like her hair is on fire, she's a fabulous listener and a constant #1 supporter for all of our kiddos and their families.
In addition to being a great help to our students and families, she supports her colleagues in the same manner.
Meeting Street @ Burns is SO LUCKY to have someone with her knowledge, expertise and passion! Everyone loves Mrs. Carter-Wood!!!!