More than 1,300 teachers packed Lancaster High School’s gym recently to celebrate the previous year’s hard work, recognize four outstanding teachers and kick off the new year with the district’s largest teacher pep rally.
Lisa Knox from Indian Land High was picked from 200 nominees to be honored as a recipient of this year’s Celebrate Great Teaching Awards.
Knox attended Moultrie Middle School and the Academic Magnet High School while living with her Grandmother the Late Maggie Wilson Brown & Mother Annetta Brown Seabrook on 112 Rose Lane, Mt. Pleasant SC. She also graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Music Education and a Master of Music (conducting and performance) from Winthrop University.
Knox, the high school and district-wide award recipient, was humbled by the experience.
“Between my husband, my mom, my support staff – thank you for allowing me to be the creative spirit that I am,” she said through tears. “I love you all, God bless you and have a beautiful school year.”
Knox teaches chorus and piano for grades 9-12. Knox joined Indian Land High School in 2012 after graduating from Winthrop University, said the school’s Principal David Shamble. Knox has grown the chorus program to include honors chorus and has inspired more male students to join, Shamble said.
Knox is the Lancaster County School District’s high school and district-wide Celebrate Great Teaching awards recipient. She was nominated for the award by administrators, fellow teacher’s students or parents. A committee of former winners and district instructional staff observe the nominated teachers and choose finalists to teach a sample lesson and be interviewed.
“Her enthusiasm and dedication are evident through her teaching and particularly through her directing,” Shamble said. “When you watch the ILHS choir, your eyes are drawn to Mrs. Knox as each student is intently focused on her direction. She teaches them an appreciation of all types of music from Bach to Bruno Mars, Classical to Gospel.”
Congratulations to Mrs. Lisa Knox – Lancaster County District Teacher of the Year!