Greenville County Schools Announces Top Ten Teacher of the Year Finalists

Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster surprised ten GCS teachers with the announcement that they have been named the Top 10 Finalists for 2024-25 GCS Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to these deserving teachers who are the top ten teachers out of approximately 6,000 teachers across the district!

“The teachers we honor today showcase not only exceptional teaching abilities but also a profound commitment to our students’ growth and success, “ said GCS Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster. “These educators represent the best of what our district provides – innovation, dedication, and professional expertise within our classrooms. I congratulate them on their achievements and thank them for their commitment to teaching and supporting our students so they are prepared for life within the classroom and beyond.”

The process of selecting the ten finalists began last fall when schools and centers selected their individual Teacher of the Year. Teachers completed extensive applications that were reviewed by a Screening Committee and a Selection Committee. The Top 10 Finalists will be narrowed down to three finalists and the 2024-25 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year which will be announced on August 6.

Special thanks to our generous sponsor, Greenville Federal Credit Union, who provided a $100 Visa Gift Card, a beverage tumbler, and an umbrella to each of the Top 10 Teacher of the Year Finalists.

The Top 10 Finalists are, in alphabetical order:

  • Lisa Brundridge, Special Education teacher at Northwest Middle
  • Karla Cannon, Spanish teacher at Riverside High
  • Brian Maddux,  Special Education teacher at Woodmont High
  • Frances McNeely, 9th Grade Algebra teacher at Wade Hampton High
  • Katie Murphy, Art teacher at East North Street Academy
  • Anna Nieto, Multilingual Learner Program teacher at Sevier Middle
  • Staci Purvis, Art teacher at Berea Elementary
  • Bryan Raeckelboom, Building Construction instructor at Golden Strip Career Center
  • Chelsey Troutman, 3rd Grade teacher at Brushy Creek Elementary
  • Jessica Yarbro, Special Education teacher at Washington Center

Written by Greenville County Schools.