When Superintendent Dr. Scott Turner arrived at Lyman Elementary School on Friday, March 29, Principal Tim Henson couldn't contain his excitement. He knew Dr. Turner's visit must mean that Lyman's Teacher of the Year, Carrie Potter, had been selected as the 2019-20 District Five Teacher of the Year. There was just one problem: the honoree was not on campus that day. Potter was attending a training for guidance counselors at nearby USC Upstate. Having to come up with a quick "plan B" for the District's surprise entourage, Henson had another idea. He quickly sent Potter an email asking her to call the school office.
Several minutes later, Potter called in, and Turner surprised her on speaker phone with the big news!
Luckily, the popular guidance couselor was able to leave her training to return to the school and accept the honor in person. Potter, who has worked at Lyman for 7 years, is known for her magnetic personality and ability to connect with students. A graduate of Clemson University, she believes teaching is about building relationships, both with students and fellow teachers and staff. She finds joy in helping students realize their full potential both socially and emotionally, so that they can become better learners.
A National Board Certified teacher, Carrie began her career as a high school social studies teacher, before finding her passion in counseling. She is a strong advocate for expanding mental health services for students, and has been praised for her leadership in the Compassionate Schools program this year.
Carrie will be honored at a district banquet this fall, along with all other school level honorees. She also will go on to compete for the title of South Carolina Teacher of the Year, along with teachers from districts across the state.