Harold Tabor named Berkeley teacher of the year

Harold Tabor

For the first time in more than 15 years, Berkeley County school officials have named a male instructor as the district's teacher of the year award winner.

Harold Tabor, who teaches special education students with moderate to severe disabilities at Berkeley High School, was named the 2008 Teacher of the Year at a breakfast this morning at Trident Technical College.

In addition to his responsibilities in the classroom, Tabor is chairman of the high school's special education department. He previously served as a transition specialist at Berkeley High, helping the school partner with local businesses to find jobs for special education students about to graduate.

Dottie Adams, a science teacher at College Park Middle, and Creighton Eddings, a guidance counselor at Devon Forest Elementary, were finalists for the award. Tabor and the two finalists were handed Oscar-like gold statues to commemorate their accomplishments.

Speakers at the breakfast highlighted the achievements of teachers of the year from each of the district's 37 schools. All teachers received cash awards, certificates from the state House and Senate, gifts and small trophies. The breakfast was sponsored by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Santee Cooper and Trident Tech.

To learn more about Tabor, read Friday's Post and Courier.