On Thursday, March 1, 2018, currenty CCSD Teacher of the Year, Mia Pace, (Julian Mitchell Elementary School) and District officials surprised the Top 5 finalists for CCSD Teacher of the Year. Each finalist had the opportunity to check out a MINI Cooper from MINI of Charleston that the District Teacher of the Year will receive at the Teacher of the Year Celebration Dinner, which is scheduled for late April. Congratulations to each of our finalists!

Special thanks to Rick Hendrick, and MINI of Charlestons for their partnership with CCSD in recognizing and rewarding our teacher leaders through the Teacher of the Year process.



Stephanie Haecherl
Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School 

Congratulations Stephanie Haecherl!

Ms. Haecherl obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Mars Hill College (currently Mars Hill University) and Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. She is a National Board Certified second-grade teacher at Whitesides Elementary. Stephanie is celebrating her 10th year in education and is committed to being a life-long learner and leader, with current focuses on grant writing and STEAM initiatives.


Amanda Prohaska
Mount Pleasant Academy

Congratulations Amanda Prohaska!

Ms. Prohaska teaches kindergarten through fifth grade Spanish and serves as the School Improvement Council chairperson at Mount Pleasant Academy. Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in Languages from College of Charleston. She is celebrating her sixth year teaching.


Joyce Stewart-Gibbs
E.B. Ellington Elementary School

Congratulations Joyce Stewart Gibbs!

Ms. Gibbs is an accomplished teacher with 25 years of experience. Having taught second, third, and fourth grade, she currently teaches third grade at E.B. Ellington Elementary. She has a passion for building relationships with her students by creating a sense of community in her classroom.


Margaret Hale
James Island Elementary School 

Congratulations Margaret Hale!

Ms. Hale is a sixteen year veteran in education who is serving as the teacher librarian at James Island Elementary School. Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from College of Charleston and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She is certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.


Kevin Short
Charleston County School of the Arts

Congratulations Kevin Short!

Mr. Short attended Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, and the Medical University of South Carolina where he received his Masters of Science in Environmental Studies. He pursuing a Masters of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education at The Citadel. Serving as a science teacher, department chair and science liaison at the Charleston County School of the Arts, Kevin is celebrating his eighth year in education. 

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