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Emily Reichbach of Devon Forest Elementary named BCSD Teacher of the Year

Published Friday, April 27, 2018

Photo of Mrs. Reichbach celebrating

Ms. Emily Reichbach celebrates after being shown the new car awarded to her after being named the BCSD Teacher of the Year. (BCSD photo) MORE PHOTOS

The Berkeley County School District (BCSD) named Devon Forest Elementary’s Emily Reichbach as the 2018 Teacher of the Year Friday, April 27. BCSD honored Ms. Reichbach and 44 school-level Teachers of the Year at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast at Trident Technical College

“The announcement of the district Teacher of the Year and recognition of all school Teachers of the Year is one of the most exciting events of the year,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “We are so proud of Emily and all of our teacher-leaders who were selected by their peers for outstanding commitment to their students and the education profession. I know that Emily will serve our district and her fellow teachers well. I look forward to working with her and am thankful that she and all of our teachers chose to make BCSD their home.”

Ms. Reichbach is known for her passion, her knowledge of best practices and how she has made her classroom unique after spending a year as a technology coach. Children in her class are collaborating in online discussions around the world. As they learn the lesson of the day, she’s also working to teach them lessons about life.

“I think what’s different about my classroom is that I focus a lot on the social/emotional development,” Ms. Reichbach said. “…I just want to focus on obviously the instruction and the standards that have to be covered but also on making my kids better human beings. What’s going to make them successful in life isn’t just the instruction and the content I have to teach, but also knowing how to communicate with other people, how to build relationships, how to empathize – those are skills I focus on a lot in my classroom. It’s something I didn’t always do, and I don’t see it in many classrooms, or you haven’t in the past, at least."

This is the second year a BCSD Teacher of the Year has received use of a car during their one-year tenure as Teacher of the Year. BCSD leadership partners with Hendrick Automotive’s Don Smith and Rick Hendrick Jeep Chrysler Dodge in North Charleston who awarded Ms. Reichbach a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Sport. The car was a surprise Ms. Reichbach said she was excited to tell her students about.

“Definitely a lot of excitement. I’m really excited to share it with my students, especially. I have an awesome class this year, and I feel like in order to be an amazing teacher, you have to have a good class and a good relationship with your students,” she said.

The 41st Annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast, sponsored by Trident Technical College, Santee Cooper and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, celebrates educators nominated by their peers for the outstanding work they are doing in the classroom and in their schools. The other two Honor Roll Teacher of the Year finalists were Mr. Jason McDermott of Daniel Island School and Amanda Cooper of Goose Creek High School.