Tonya Todd, a Georgetown High School math and computer science teacher, was named Georgetown County School District 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year during a banquet May 9 at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort.
Todd, who's been teaching for 13 years, said she was stunned when Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier announced she was the winner.
“I was surprised. This honor means a lot,” she said. “It is very humbling. I appreciate it very much because we have so many great teachers. I am very grateful.”
“Everyone here are winners tonight,” said Dozier as he gave his remarks to close out the ceremony.
“I’ve seen Ms. Todd in action for years,” GHS Principal Craig Evans said. “I’m not surprised. She is really passionate about her career and she makes a difference at GHS. I am thrilled for her.”
During the evening, nominees from each school were introduced and a statement from their principal was read. The Waccamaw High School Choralaires were the entertainment during dinner.
The district names a Teacher of the Year at each school, and then five finalists are chosen for the overall award. The award was first given for the in 1980.
Todd was chosen from a field of 20 GCSD nominees. The other finalists were: Monica Weaver-Linnen of Carvers Bay Middle; Lauren Prosser of Georgetown Middle; Mary Ann Coker from Kensington Elementary; and Nancy Randall from Waccamaw Middle.
Other nominees were: Ashley Nesmith, Andrews Elementary; James B. Rowell, Andrews High; Samantha Jenkins Vereen, Brown’s Ferry Elementary; Erica S. Smith, Carvers Bay High; Whitney Garner, Coastal Montessori Charter School; Mary Ann Owens, Howard Adult Center; Kristi Rolison, Maryville Elementary; Tammy Williams, McDonald Elementary; Denise Daniels, Plantersville Elementary; Amy Tanner, Pleasant Hill Elementary; Shana M. Barrineau, Rosemary Middle; Gretchen Goude, Sampit Elementary; Louanne Jorgenson, Waccamaw Elementary; Jenna Henderson, Waccamaw High; and Alicia Fata, Waccamaw Intermediate.