Billy Cannada Staff Writer
August 23, 2013
ANDERSON COUNTY — A Cedar Grove Elementary School teacher has been recognized among the top teachers in the state.
Anderson School District One officials announced recently that Christy Hughes, a fourth grade teacher at Cedar Grove, was selected as the District’s Teacher of the Year, and will represent the district for the 2013-2014 school year.
As the district’s Teacher of the Year, Hughes will represent Anderson One in the competition for South Carolina Teacher of the Year. She will serve on a state-wide advisory panel to the State Department of Education and will receive $1,000 in recognition of her outstanding achievements.
“I am truly humbled to represent Anderson District One as District Teacher of the Year,” Hughes said. “My philosophy of teaching is based on the simple philosophy of winning the hearts of those I teach. I have found that students work harder when they know that the person who is standing before them cares. In doing so, I hope to make a positive life-long impact on my students.”
Hughes said her success comes from working with a great group of teachers.
“District One is so gracious in ensuring that teachers have all that is necessary to provide the best education for our students,” she said. “I am blessed to be a part of the greatest team of educators.”
Cedar Grove Principal Kristie Finley said Hughes is a deserving educator that inspires learning.
“Christy inspires learning in kids and never gives up on her students,” Finley said. “It was apparent within the first two weeks that she was in our school that one of her particular gifts in the classroom is the ability to bring students together as a community of learners and then to move them forward from where they are to meet the standards. She is a calm, kind teacher, and also firm in that her students know that she will not let them give any less than their very best.
“Christy is representative of all that is good in our school and she is truly deserving of this honor,” Finley said.
Hughes has been teaching for 20 years and is beginning her third year in Anderson One. She is National Board Certified. Hughes earned her Bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and her Masters at Clemson University.
“Hughes has a sincere love for her students and a passion for the art of teaching. This is very evident in her daily interactions with her students,” Anderson One Superintendent David Havird said. “She has high expectations for all her students and provides the support and guidance for each child to meet his/her potential. Mrs. Hughes is a master teacher who puts students interest first and foremost as she carries out her teaching responsibilities at Cedar Grove Elementary School. She will represent the district and teaching profession in an exemplary manner.”
The announcement was made at the annual Back to School Kick Off for all employees on August 14, 2013.
Merebeth Adams of Wren Middle, Alexa Moon of Palmetto Middle and Chad Mustin of Powdersville Middle were all named finalists.