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Rookie Teachers of the Year, first year teachers honored at year end celebration

Published May 30, 2018

BCSD Rookie Teacher of the Year Finalists

BCSD Rookie Teacher of the Year Finalists: Ashley Cox, Jennifer Marble, Jered Crosby  MORE PHOTOS


In a time when the nation is facing a massive teacher shortage, Berkeley County is celebrating 140 first year educators who answered the call to teach. These teachers were honored during the annual PRIDE Celebration at Westview Middle Tuesday evening, and 28 school-level Rookie Teachers were recognized for their excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.

Goose Creek Primary's Jennifer Marble was announced as the BCSD Rookie Teacher of the Year. 

"These young adults work every day to make a difference in the lives of children," said Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. "It is our goal in Berkeley County to support our teachers by creating a culture that provides the permission and cover for educators to do what they were born to do. It was an honor to be among our future teacher leaders, and I am very excited for Jennifer Marble who will represent BCSD as our new Rookie Teacher of the Year." 

Marble was named one of three finalists for the District honor in March. The other two finalists for BCSD Rookie Teacher of the Year were Jered Crosby of College Park Middle and Ashley Cox of Hanahan Middle. The Rookie Teacher of the Year Committee observed and interviewed the finalists before announcing its decision Wednesday. The Committee consisted of community and business leaders, educators and students.

Marble said, "I am truly honored to be Berkeley County's Rookie Teacher of the Year! In true first year fasion, this year has been a beautiful yet challenging one- full of learning opportunities and great accomplishments. This year has also proven to be very significant to me personally, providing me with opportunities to serve as an advocate for our students and push forward to shed light on the significance of diversity and greatness that every student brings to their school. There are an infiinte number of ways that we, as educators, can make a difference in a child's life, and I hope that my being selected as Rookie Teacher of the Year inspires others to value all educators and encourage growth of all students. I can't wait to see what the years to come have in store for my students and me." 

Rookie Teachers of the Year are nominated by their school principals based on the following criteria:

  • Conducting effective instructional planning to meet the needs of all students;
  • Providing and facilitating quality instruction;
  • Organizing and implementing a culture of learning in the classroom;
  • Managing student behavior and classroom events;
  • Developing effective relationships with students, parents/guardians and peers;
  • Modeling professional demeanor and behavior;
  • Serving as an advocate for students and public education as a whole.

For a full listing of all school-level rookie teachers of the year, please CLICK HERE.

Katie Orvin Tanner
orvink@bcsdschools.net