Local Teacher of the Year recognized as “Hometown Hero” for 2024 Masters Tournament

JOHNSTON, S.C. (WJBF) – The 2024 Masters Tournament is still two months away, but a teacher in the CSRA has been rewarded for her hard work and dedication.

Avis Tuttle Jordan has been teaching art for nine years at Johnson-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School in Edgefield County.

Prior to teaching at J-E-T, she spent three years at Pickens Middle School in upstate South Carolina.

She has already won Teacher of the Year for the Edgefield County School District–but add another award to her list–because she is now a 2024 Masters Tournament “Hometown Hero”.

“I’m humbled that people see that I am working hard, but again I do it for my students and the community. I don’t view myself as a hero, the students are my heroes–and that’s kind of why I get through the day,” said Jordan.

The “Hometown Hero” program health care providers, first responders, teachers, and others whose hard work uplift the CSRA.

On top of teaching, Ms. Jordan is a cheerleading coach at the school, while also being the school’s yearbook editor and producer.

Principal Debbie Courtney says Ms. Jordan is a tremendous asset, and the students look forward to her class every day.

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“They’re like ‘Can I please hang out with Mrs. Tuttle-Jordan? Can I please go in there?’, because she recognizes the kids as people and a true person. She recognizes their talents, and she’s constantly celebrating those talents all the time,” said Courtney.

Jordan says she’s it’s an honor to receive the award, but the true heroes to her are her students.

“You never know what they’re going through. Some of them every day come to school, they might need a hug, they might need a smile. And as much as they view me as their hero, sometimes they lift me up, and are my heroes throughout the day,” said Jordan.

She adds she is happy to be recognized, but she plans to continue her hard work, and making a difference in the lives of the next generation.

“I’m still going to give back, I’m going to give 100% in what I do. And hopefully down the road somewhere, a student will look back and remember just how wonderful their middle school days were because of my classroom or because of me,” said Jordan.

Jordan will join other Hometown Heroes from across the CSRA during a special reception later this month.

She will also attend the 2024 Masters Tournament this April, along with the rest of the Hometown Heroes.

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