Hanahan High School teacher wins Berkeley County Schools’ Teacher of the Year

Amanda Cromer, Berkeley County Teacher of the Year 2015, teaches ninth grade English at Hanahan High.

Hanahan High School teacher Amanda Cromer was awarded Berkeley County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Friday morning.

The announcement was made at the district’s 38th Annual Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony at Trident Technical College. Cromer, who has taught for nine years, was one of three finalists, selected out of a pool of 41 nominees.

At Friday’s breakfast ceremony, Amanda first thanked her students, calling them “very inspirational” to her.

“I’m allowed to share my life with them as I help them further their lives academically, educationally and as people,” she said. “I think it is incredibly important to remember that not only are we educators, but we are a support team for the kids who come to us. Sometimes we are the only support they have and we have the power to shape them.”

In addition to teaching ninth grade English, Cromer is co-sponsor of the Renaissance Club, coordinator of the Miss Hanahan Pageant, and an ADEPT advisor for The Citadel and the College of Charleston. As Teacher of the Year, Cromer will also serve as the 2015-2016 Teacher Forum Vice Chairperson. Berkeley County School District’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, Lauren Reeder, who helped choose the winner, describes Cromer as “highly passionate and knowledgeable about what she teaches.

“She creates an environment of trust and respect in her classroom,” she said.

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