Summerville, S.C. – State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman surprised Cane Bay High School teacher, Nicholas Snyder, at his school today with news that he has been selected as one of five finalists for the South Carolina Teacher of the Year award.
“Nicholas’s passion for education is evidenced best by his students and the unwavering commitment he shows them each and every day,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “I look forward to his continued leadership in the Berkeley community and across our state.”
Nicholas Snyder is a 9th - 10th grade English teacher at Cane Bay High School in Berkeley County School District. Nicholas is the grandson of two former teachers and coaches. He has always had a magnetic draw to education believing it was destiny. Nicholas believes that all students have the right to do their best and learn in an environment that is comfortable. To accomplish this, he addresses his students’ needs first and encourages questioning. He finds his true purpose in teaching and believes the most valuable gift an educator has to give is time. Time to teach; reteach, if needed, sponsor, coach, and volunteer at school functions. He invests in his students’ lives in such a way that they know he is interested in their success and future. He attributes this investment of time to leading to his selection as Berkeley District Teacher of the Year in his second year at his district and recognition for having a one-hundred percent pass rate on the 8th grade English I End of Course exam for three years.
“We are thrilled to learn that Cane Bay High’s Nicholas Snyder is a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “Mr. Snyder is a dynamic English teacher and is most deserving of this honor. Teaching is a very noble calling, and Mr. Snyder is a wonderful example of the caliber of educators we have in Berkeley County. We wish him the best of luck and are so glad that he calls BCSD home.”
As one of five finalists, Snyder will receive $10,000 and go on to the next stage of competition which involves an in-person interview with a team of expert judges. The South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala will be held May 2nd in Columbia where the overall winner will be crowned.
The winner receives a total of $25,000 and is provided with a brand new BMW to use while serving for one year as a roving ambassador providing mentoring, attending speaking engagements, working with teacher cadets and teaching fellows, leading the State Teacher Forum, and serving as the state spokesperson for over 48,000 educators.
The Teacher of the Year program celebrates excellence and strengthens the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers on the district, state, and national level. The Teacher of the Year Awards not only assists in retention efforts but serve as a powerful recruitment tool to the educator profession.
Learn more about The Teacher of the Year program here.