Pool Recognized For Teaching Excellence
Taunja Pool of Summit Drive Elementary School was honored Wednesday as a finalist for state Teacher of the Year.
The South Carolina Board of Education recognized the Teacher of Year and the four finalists for the award Wednesday afternoon.
The Teacher of the Year receives $25,000 and a BMW to drive for one year. Finalists receive $10,000 each.
Amy McAllister-Skinner was named SC’s Teacher of the Year during the annual awards ceremony on May 1. McAllister-Skinner teaches English at Johnsonville High School in Florence District 5.
One of the four finalists was Taunja Pool, fifth-grade teacher at Summit Drive Elementary in Greenville.
Pool, a teacher for 14 years, earned her undergraduate degree from Lander University and her master’s degree from Lesley University in Massachusetts. Pool is National Board Certified.
After benefitting from remedial education programs, Pool decided teaching was the career for her. She loves it because “every day is different.”
The Teacher of the Year and finalists are chosen by a educators and citizens with no connection to the agency, according the Board of Education.