Cruce named Berkeley Rookie Teacher of the Year

Berkeley County Interim Superintendent Archie Franchini (from left), Rookie Teacher of the Year Mackenzie Cruce and school board Chairman Jim Hayes.

A Goose Creek High School educator has been named Berkeley County School District’s top first-year teacher.

Mackenzie Cruce, who teaches Children’s Literature and Creative Writing, is the district’s Rookie Teacher of the Year.

“Sifting through all of the challenges and the breakthrough moments, my thoughts keep returning to one thing — relationships,” Cruce said of her first year. “I was determined to know my students this year, their hopes, their goals, their likes, dislikes, their emotional needs. I will never stop investing my time in trying to know my students because I believe that is how I will help them grow.”

Cruce earned an undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Clemson University and her Master’s in Education from The Citadel.

Rookie Teachers of the Year are nominated by their school principals and chosen by a committee.