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BCSD announces three finalists for 2019 Teacher of the Year

Published Friday, March 22, 2019

BCSD Teacher of the Year finalists

Pictured above are the 2019 BCSD Teacher of the Year finalists. From left to right are Kimberly Walker, Amy Hardison and Thomas Mignone. (BCSD photo) ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


Berkeley County School District (BCSD) announced its three Honor Roll Teacher of the Year finalists at its annual Teacher Forum Induction on Friday, March 22 at Freedom Church in Moncks Corner. The finalists, Sangaree Intermediate’s Thomas Mignone, Daniel Island School’s Amy Hardison and Nexton Elementary’s Kimberly Walker, were recognized along with the other school-level teachers of the year at the celebration.

Thomas Mignone - Sangaree Intermediate

Mr. Mignone realized he wanted to become a teacher when he was in high school. He said the decision he made that day is something he’s never second-guessed.

While he places great priority on his work to teach students how to grow as readers, writers and overall learners, he believes is biggest contribution to their growth is his ability to make them think positively about themselves and become comfortable and confident in the classroom.

Amy Hardison - Daniel Island School

Ms. Hardison will admit her years as a middle school student were challenging. However, the support she received from educators during that challenging time, combined with her passion for history, is what led to her becoming a middle school social studies teacher.

As a teacher, she values the importance of making lessons meaningful, innovative and applicable. If she accomplishes those things, she believes the connections crucial to the learning environment are established. That’s why, she says, her classroom values are non-negotiable.

Kimberly Walker - Nexton Elementary

As a child Kimberly Walker found refuge in her school. She admits the neighborhood where she lived wasn’t the best. She says her teachers made her feel safe and smart. The experiences she had convinced her that she needed to have a positive influence on children’s lives.

She found her calling as a teacher of children with special needs as a volunteer for the Teacher Cadet program at her high school.

While she values everyday lessons, she also places a priority on teaching students and parents to advocate for themselves at school and within the community. Her greatest attribute, she believes, is her ability to find new ideas to address learning roadblocks and difficult behaviors.

The district will announce its 2019 Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, April 23, at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast, sponsored by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Santee Cooper and Trident Technical College.

“I think they are three awesome candidates," said BCSD 2018 Teacher of the Year Emily Reichbach. "I know that we have a winner in there, but all three of them are winners. We will have a really strong team for Teacher Forum next year, and I can’t wait to work with them."

A complete list of the BCSD Teachers of the Year can be found in the District News section of the BCSD website.

Brian Troutman
troutmanb@bcsdschools.net