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Nick Snyder: Still a winner, no matter the outcome

Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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Nick Snyder at the South Carolina Teacher of the Year event in Columbia on May 2, 2018. (BCSD photo) MORE PHOTOS

Cane Bay High School’s Nick Snyder walked the red carpet at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Wednesday with swagger and class. The smile he’s known for showing his English students when they succeed during lessons was stuck to his face throughout the evening as South Carolina's top teachers were recognized.

Mr. Snyder was one of five finalists in the running for South Carolina Teacher of the Year as the night began. Many sat nervously in the room, curious about who would be named South Carolina’s top educator. But Snyder and Berkeley County School District administrators in attendance knew he was a winner long before the top teacher was announced.

Earlier in the day, students at Cane Bay High School celebrated Mr. Snyder's trip to Columbia with banners and signs. He even recieved a special performance from the school's band. 

There were also inspirational notes from students -- one in particular -- in which a student told Mr. Snyder he would be a winner, no matter the outcome of the night.

While Snyder wasn't named South Carolina Teacher of the Year, he was all smiles after the event.

"Those are the kind of things that really and truly I love about my job anyways and probably mean the most to me," he said. "I'll probably go back and read that letter a few times over the next couple of days." VIDEO ABOVE

Selected as South Carolina Teacher of the Year was Jeff Maxey, a special education resource teacher at Starr Elementary in Anderson School District Three.

Learn more about the South Carolina Teacher of the Year program here.

Brian Troutman