South Carolina Teacher of the Year Drives Home a New 2012 BMW X3
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State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Mick Zais, announced Tuesday evening that Amy McAllister-Skinner was named the 2012/2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. As part of the celebration, BMW Manufacturing, the event’s premier sponsor, handed the Johnsonville High School English teacher the keys to a 2012 Alpine White BMW X3 xDrive35i equipped with the M Sport package. During her yearlong sabbatical from the classroom, McAllister-Skinner will drive the BMW throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.
Amy McAllister-Skinner acknowledged that the honor was bittersweet saying, “I will miss all of my kids, but am proud to spread the word across the state. Everybody needs to know all of the great things going on in public education in South Carolina.”
“Advancing education is paramount to BMW’s long-term success. We applaud all teachers throughout South Carolina who prepare the future workforce with the necessary skills to become viable candidates for various industries, including manufacturing,” said Sky Foster, Manager, Corporate Communications for BMW Manufacturing. “We hope Amy enjoys her new South Carolina-built BMW.”
The South Carolina Teacher of the Year will participate in a yearlong residency at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA). Along with the use of the BMW X3 for one year, McAllister-Skinner also receives a $25,000 cash award, a set of Michelin tires and a celebratory ring from Jostens.
Amy McAllister-Skinner succeeds Patti Tate, an English teacher at Northwestern High School in York School District 3. McAllister-Skinner earned a bachelor’s degree from Francis Marion University and will complete a master’s degree from Coastal Carolina University this month. She has been teaching for five years. Johnsonville High School is in Florence School District Five.