Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mary Sloan – a Carvers Bay Middle School science teacher – says one of the reasons she loves her job is because she is making a difference in the lives of her students.
For the first time in her 15-year career, Sloan is one of the five finalists for Georgetown County Teacher of the Year.
Sloan taught for seven years in Christian schools in the Conway area before being hired at CBMS.
“I was teaching in private schools because that is where my kids were going,” Sloan said.
When her daughter, Karen, decided she wanted to attend a public high school, Sloan made the switch as well.
Two weeks after earning a master’s degree in education from Coastal Carolina University, Sloan was hired to teach 7th-grade science at Carvers Bay Middle.
Sloan said she first caught the teaching bug when she was an instructor for her daughter’s girl scout troop.
“I had to push them in math and science and I really enjoyed doing that,” she said.
Sloan said there are many reasons she loves teaching science.
“I teach life science and 7th grade is an age where they have a lot going on. As a science teacher, I can explain why their bodies are going through the changes they are going through. I can show them how exciting the world is and help them become young, productive adults,” said Sloan – who also has a son – 23-year-old Michael.
While teaching is what she plans to continue doing, Sloan has not always been in the classroom. She was previously a computer programmer at Conway Hospital but she knew then she had another calling.
“It took a long time for me to figure out this is what I wanted to do. Now, I never see myself doing anything else,” said Sloan, who has been married to her husband, Warren, for 25 years. “I will probably be teaching until I take my last breath.”
Sloan said she was totally surprised when District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier and other staff members showed up at her classroom with the news she is a finalist for the Teacher of the Year title.
“I was crying. It was such a shock,” she said. “It is such an honor to be nominated. It is great for our school. We have great teachers and we all work together as a family.”
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles on the Teacher of the Year finalists. The Teacher of the Year will be announced at a banquet on May 8.