Greenville Middle teacher named a state teacher of the year

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Greenville Middle special education teacher Nicole Shartzer’s students worked with the school district food and nutrition services department to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for their parents.

But at the lunch, Shartzer was served up a special side dish — a Palmetto Teacher of the Year award from the S.C. Education Association as a part of American Education Week.

South Carolina K-12 public education principals were invited to nominate educators in their schools who they believe go above and beyond the call of duty in providing the best education for their students. SCEA President Bernadette R. Hampton reviewed the nominees and selected educators in different regions who are making a difference in ensuring every child in the state receives a quality education.

“Nicole Shartzer is an amazing talent. She’s knowledgeable, compassionate, and a go-getter,” said Greenville Middle Academy Principal Nicky Andrews. “Mrs. Shartzer has served as a mentor to new teachers and demonstrates high expectations for our kids.”

Each year, students in Greenville Middle School special education classrooms invite their parents to a special Thanksgiving lunch. This year, the district’s food service department was involved to help teach students about food preparation and life skills. The students have mild and moderate intellectual disabilities, and part of their educational program is spent on daily life skills. For the Thanksgiving meal project, students learned about table settings and centerpieces in addition to food prep.

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