SC educator wins national award

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Terri Butts, an educator in Richland County School District 2, has received a prestigious national honor – the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.

Terri Butts, an educator in Richland County School District 2, has received a prestigious national honor – the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence. The award comes with a $25,000 prize. She was nominated for the award by the South Carolina Education Association.

Butts is a curriculum effectiveness specialist for the Richland 2 Child Development Center in Elgin.

In a press release, Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation, said, Terri has been selected for this award by her peers because she has attained the highest teaching standards, as illustrated by her exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession and staunch support of public education. In her classroom, she creates a safe learning environment where students feel encouraged to participate, take risks, and learn from the their peers.”

“The decisions I make concerning how I teach are based on the likes, loves, and needs of my students,” Butts said in the press release. “I engage them with lots of technology because I know they love it, and we sing and dance every Friday because they like it.”

In her nomination for the award, she wrote, “Students will reach for the stars if you believe in them…parents will be your partner if they know you care about their child; and colleagues will respect you, if you respect them.”

Congratulations to Terri Butts – one of many educators doing great things for children in South Carolina’s public schools!