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New Charleston County Teacher of the Year announced

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The Charleston County School District’s Teacher of the Year was announced at the Riverdog’s ball game tonight.

After the finalists walked onto the field, the announcement was made that Jaime Cunningham, a special education teacher at Liberty Hill Academy, was the new teacher of the year.

After the announcement, Cunningham was emotional as she stated her new title. “I’m Charleston County Teacher of the Year… I’m gonna start crying.”

As part of the title, she was given a one year lease on a Mini Cooper from Mini of Charleston.

Cunningham said, “I get this spotlight, which is great. But I know that there are so many other amazing teachers in our school district. I get to work with them everyday.”

She talked about why she decided to become a teacher. “I think it changes the world. I think it is the way to change the world, absolutely.”

Her principal, Sarah Jamme, said the reason you win teacher of the year is because you go above and beyond as a teacher. “She’s teaching social studies. She actually has the students cooking from different cultural backgrounds. They’re dressed up. It’s just a great learning experience, and it’s just exciting to see it. You never walk into Ms. Cunningham’s classroom and see any down time. She teaches from bell to bell.”

Cunningham explains what she does, “I just create positive experience for my students. Which is something they really need. And it sounds simple, but it adds up. And it creates years of positive experiences for them.”

She says she is excited about this opportunity, as well as her new car. “I just, I just can’t believe it. And the car is so cool. And it’s beautiful. And it’s just, incredible. I don’t even know how to turn it on and off yet, and it’s awesome.”

Cunningham will be teacher of the year in Charleston County over the next 12 months. About this time next year, she will be in the running for the state teacher of the year title.

Liberty Hill Academy has the County Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year as well as the Rookie Principal of the year.

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