Blythewood High teacher named finalist for statewide Teacher of the Year award
Blythewood High School teacher Sue Weems was surprised Tuesday by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.
Spearman traveled to the school to notify Weems that she has been selected as one of the five finalists for the South Carolina Teacher of the Year award.
“Sue has spent her career meeting the needs of each individual student and challenging them to be their very best,” Spearman said. “Her experience in both K-12 and higher education is an invaluable tool that helps her identify with her students and show them what is possible.”
Weems teaches tenth and eleventh grade English at BHS, in Richland School District Two. As a military spouse, she has had the opportunity to teach students at every level from kindergarten to college age. She considers her most profound legacy to be understanding her students and individualizing instruction to meet their needs. Her teaching mantra is “care, connect, and challenge.”
As one of the finalists, Weems received $10,000 and proceeds to the next step of the competition, involving an in-person interview with a team of expert judges. The South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala will be held May 8 in Columbia, where the overall winner will be announced.
The winner will receive a total of $25,000 and a new BMW to use while serving for one year as an ambassador, providing mentoring, attending speaking engagements, working with teacher cadets, leading the State Teacher Forum, and serving as the state spokesperson for over 50,000 educators.