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Teressa Ford

Position: Fifth Grade Math / Science / Health Teacher
School: Edisto Elementary School
School District: Orangeburg County School District
City, State: Orangeburg, SC

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Teressa Ford was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

Ms. Ford has dedicated 30 years to the field of education, simply because teaching is her calling and passion. For Ms. Ford, teaching was not, and never will be, just a job! She goes above and beyond to ensure each child is afforded a great educational experience. Not only does she care about the educational well-being of her students, but her concern extends far beyond.  Educating the students of South Carolina for three decades is no small feat!  She has deservingly gained the respect and admiration of her colleagues, parents, and students because of her exquisite character.  Fair, dedicated, compassionate, firm, and thorough are just a few adjectives that can be used to describe this powerhouse of an educator.

On numerous occasions, Ms. Ford has gone into her own pockets to buy clothes, shoes, and supplies, or even to help supplement the fees for a field trip. These selfless acts often went "off the radar" because she didn't do them for recognition or accolades. She simply wanted to help eliminate "grown-up problems" from the minds of her students so that she could reach their minds to teach them and reach their hearts to connect with them.  In the familiar words of John C. Maxwell, "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." Ms. Ford most certainly cares for her students. She treats them all as her very own!

In the words of Mahalia Jackson, "If I can help somebody as I travel along; If I can help somebody with a word or a song; If I can help somebody from doing wrong, no, my living shall not be in vain."  From serving as team leader, gifted and talented instructor, and former Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ford's work truly speaks volumes.



Comments (4)


Merlene Wilson Posted 2 months ago

Congratulations for this nomination. You have been a joy to work with as a coworker. I know that every child that attended your class will never forget you, as you built relationships with your students. Thank you for all of your support when I came to EES as an administrator. You are one of the special ones ... a phenomenal teacher, lady, coworker and friend. You have a lot more to give wherever your endeavors may take you. Ms. Simpson, I give my you blessings and love. Continue giving the world your beautiful smile. YOU are a winner!

Delores Washington Posted 2 months ago

Ms. Ford changed my child's life as a fifth grader. He was struggling as a student but after transferring to her class he was a honor roll student. She always gave him tough love but he excelled. Ms. Ford thank you for the care and nurturing you showed my child.

Latia Simpson Posted 2 months ago

Teacher beyond the classroom and very humble!!!!! God bless you in all your endeavors!!!! #LCOY

Kristina Thomas Posted 2 months ago

The communities of both Allendale and Orangeburg counties were truly blessed to have this angel... 30 years of touching lives!