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Amy Carter (center) accepted her SC Teacher of the Year award Wednesday night accompanied by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman (right) and Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. Photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Education

Chapin High School English teacher Amy Carter is already known by many as an exceptional teacher, but now she has received official statewide recognition. 

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced Carter as the winner of the 2022 South Carolina Teacher of the Year award at Wednesday night's gala in Columbia. 

"Amy's leadership in and outside her classroom , and dedication to her students have uniquely qualified her for this prestigious honor," Spearman said. "I look forward to seeing her represent South Carolina's over 55,000 teachers as she advocates for the profession over the next year.

In her 21st year of teaching English to high school students, Carter has sought to combine language and writing of authors and students with the powerful collaboration of technological tools, according to the South Carolina Department of Education. She uses literature as a basis for connection with students of all ability levels ranging from grades 9-12 and uses that rapport to help them become readers, writers, and storytellers.

Her most recent professional investment has been in the school's Teacher Cadet program. Carter hopes to use her involvement to make an even greater impact as an advocate for public education by inspiring hopeful future educators.

Carter will receive $25,000 and a new BMW for one year, as part of the perks of the award.

The South Carolina Teacher of the Year serves for one school year as a roving ambassador providing mentoring, attending speaking engagements, working with teacher cadets and teaching fellows, leading the State Teacher Forum, and serving as the state spokesperson for more than 55,000 educators.

Lexington-Richland District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton voiced her pride for Carter when she was named a finalist, calling her a "passionate educator who truly represents the best of what teaching is in South Carolina."

Lex-Rich Five officials congratulated her Wednesday night via social media following the announcement. 

"Congratulations, Mrs. Amy Carter! The 2022 South Carolina Department of Education TEACHER OF THE YEAR! YOUR #LexRich5Schools family is bursting with #PrideIn5! #TeachIn5 #SouthCarolina," the post reads.

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