MONARCH — A teacher who not only teaches second grade but also mentors aspiring teachers has been named Monarch Elementary School 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.
Chrstine Carlin has been been selected by her fellow faculty members as Monarch’s Teacher of the Year “based on her many qualities as a teacher, leader, and community member.”
This is the most recent honor achieved by Carlin who has previously been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for academic disciplines. The Society’s purpose is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher eduction and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
In Carlin’s case that service includes teaching at Monarch Elementary where she began her teaching career under the leadership of Rhonda Hollingsworth. The following year she taught fifth grade and then spent four years shaping the minds of second graders before looping her class to third grade. She also taught math to students during the Save the Children Summer Enrichment Program and provided home-based services to students that were medically unable to attend school.
Carlin said she feels like educators should have a true love for children, a desire to see each child be successful, and an enthusiasm for learning. Currently, Carlin is sharing her love of learning with 19 lucky second graders.
In addition to teaching the students in her class, Carlin currently serves as a mentor teacher to aspiring teachers from Winthrop University. Always willing to help, Carlin has presented workshops on divergent learning and serves on Monarch’s Leadership, Exemplary Writing Award Committee, and Science Fair Committee. She believes in giving back to her community and serves as the Co-Captain for Monarch’s Relay for Life Team.
Carlin earned a Master’s Degree, with a perfect grade point average, from Columbia College in Divergent Learning; a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of South Carolina — Upstate; and two Associate degrees with honors from USC-Union. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, and a former member of the International Reading Association, and Palmetto State Teachers Association.
The daughter of Patricia Carlin and the late John Carlin, Carlin is an active member of The First United Pentecostal Church of Union, where she teaches Sunday School and helps with youth events sponsored by her church. She volunteers for Christmas and Easter programs, singing, dramatic signing, and sometimes operating the sound system. In addition, she leads her church choir every Sunday. In her free time, Carlin enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, reading, scrap booking, and is currently teaching herself to sew.
Monarch Elementary School staff, faculty members, and students are very fortunate to have Miss Carlin as a second grade teacher and colleague. She makes each child feel special and is a role model for other teachers.
“Miss Carlin is an excellent teacher,” Principal Anita Maness said. “She is the first teacher at Monarch Elementary each morning — preparing for her day and for her to students to have the best day possible. I am very proud to have Miss Carlin on my staff.”
This story was submitted by Monarch Elementary School.