Greenville County Schools names top 10 Teacher of the Year finalists. Here's what to know.

Greenville County School District Administrative Center

Greenville County Schools named the top 10 finalists for 2023-24 GCS Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster surprised the GCS teachers with the announcement, according to a GCS press release.

The process of selecting the ten finalists began in the fall of 2022 when schools and centers picked individual Teacher of the Year. A screening committee and a selection committee reviewed the finalists' applications. The top 10 will be narrowed down to three finalists and the 2023-24 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year, which will be announced Aug. 3.

“I extend my congratulations to each of our Top 10 finalists for making it to this level of a very competitive process,” said GCS Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster. “These teachers represent what it means to dedicate yourself to the worthy profession of education and ensuring that our students will be prepared for their next steps in life and education.”

The top ten finalists are:

  • Crystal Chappell, 4th Grade Teacher at Monaview Elementary

  • Caroline Creel, 6th Grade Science Teacher at Northwest Middle

  • Allison Franke, Writing and Journalism Teacher at League Academy

  • Courtney Pfeiffer, School Counselor at East North Street Academy

  • Catherine Smith, Architecture Teacher at The Fine Arts Center

  • Wendy Trusty, Challenge Teacher at Taylors Elementary

  • Leila Tyler, Special Education Teacher at Wade Hampton High

  • Isaac West, 5th Grade Teacher at Hollis Academy

  • Erin Wilson, Music Teacher at Bell’s Crossing Elementary

  • Lindsay Zika, ESOL Teacher at Greenville High

This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Greenville County Schools announces top 10 Teacher of the Year finalists