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Judy Rainey of College Park Elementary named BCSD Teacher of the Year

Published Thursday, May 21, 2020

Berkeley County School District (BCSD) named College Park Elementary’s Judy Rainey as the 2020 Teacher of the Year Thursday, May 21. Mrs. Rainey was one of 47 teachers the district honored during a nontraditional virtual breakfast meeting.

As teachers viewed a special presentation held via Google Meet, BCSD administrators huddled outside Mrs. Rainey’s home with a small gift and balloons. It wasn’t the grand event of years past with white tablecloths and goblets of sweet tea, but Mrs. Rainey said it was enough to make her feel special.

“I feel like I’ve been celebrated. I feel like it’s a special time. I just appreciate everything. It has been difficult to do some of the things online… but we have adapted,” she said.

BCSD Superintendent Eddie Ingram describes the District Teacher of the Year announcement as one of the most exciting events of the year. He was pleased Mrs. Rainey knew how appreciated she is, though the celebration wasn’t what it would normally be.

“I am glad we found a way to make it memorable in these unusual times,” Dr. Ingram said.

Mrs. Rainey said her message for fellow teachers and soon-to-be educators is one of resilience.

“Don’t ever give up. Just keep persevering and working through. Whenever you confront a problem… there is always a silver lining in it. It always creates opportunities,” she said.

Ms. Rainey has been teaching first and second grade at College Park Elementary for two years. She has taught a total of 39 years.

“I’m just extremely excited, and thrilled and proud to be representing BCSD,” she said.