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Karen McMinn

Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Pickens Elementary School
School District: Pickens County School District
City, State: Pickens, SC

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Karen McMinn was nominated by Bridgett Martin, the parent of a student.

"Ms. McMinn has proven to me that she is a life-changing teacher in many ways," said Martin. "This is only the start of my daughter's first year in her class, but I already see a stronger desire for learning in her. My daughter loves school, but since the start of this year, she is so much more enthusiastic. Her testing scores and work she brings home shows that tremendously. Additionally, she was awarded the Super Sparkler Award for the first nine weeks, which only goes to one child from each homeroom every nine week grading period."

"Ms. McMinn has also been very vocal about my sweet girl," Martin continued. "If she feels like Brianna may or may not need help, she will make sure to speak with me. Brianna has always been a smart girl, but I can see such a passion for learning this year, and I believe Ms. McMinn is the reason behind that. I have been in her classroom plenty of times, because I volunteer at the school, and I have seen how well she engages each student. She always puts her students' best interest first. Other parents I have spoken with whose children have either had her or have her now say the same thing. She truly cares for each child and wants to see them make a difference."

Comments (3)

Crystal Gillian Posted over a year ago

Mrs McMinn is the absolute best! Mrs McMinn always has a smile on her face, and it is very apparent that she loves what she does! My daughter is a Senior in High School, and she still talks about Mrs McMinn all of the time. Mrs McMinn has the kindest heart, and she is so patient with the kids. She is a true to blessing to those who were fortunate enough to have her as a teacher!

Tara Mullinax Posted over a year ago

My son loves Ms McMinn. She is a wonderful teacher and very patient. You can see the joy she has for teaching and the care she has for all her students. She is a blessing.

Ashley Harbin Posted over a year ago

My son absolutely loves Mrs. McMinn. She has made him want to learn and cares about helping all of her students learn. She has been a blessing for us. Just taking the time to help and make the difference shows her passion for her job and her love for her students. It is very much appreciated.