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District Five Teacher Wins Literacy Teaching Award

Jennifer Linkous A District Five teacher is being honored for building better readers in the classroom!  Jennifer Linkous, a 4th grade teacher at Abner Creek Academy, has been named the 2019-20 Elementary Distinguished Literacy Teacher of the Year for Spartanburg County.  The award, given annually by the SC Chapter of the Palmetto State Literacy Association, recognizes excellence in reading instruction.

Linkous, a former reading coach, has spent 17 years in the classroom.  Her love for teaching is deep rooted in her own passion for reading and learning.  "If you ask anyone what my favorite things are, they would say kids and books," Linkous says.  The Abner Creek teacher hopes that passion is contagious, as she tries to instill that same love for reading in her students.

After seven years as a reading coach, Linkous returned to the classroom last year because she wanted to put years of learning "from the best" into practice.  "In a time when we have a teacher shortage and many teachers are choosing to leave the classroom, I chose to go back in," she says.  "I have always had the heart of a teacher and I love being able to spend each and every day with my students."

As part of the honor, Linkous earns a trip to the SCIRA (SC International Reading Association) conference in Hilton Head.

Congratulations Mrs. Linkous!