Position: Fifth Grade Math / Science / Health Teacher
School: Edisto Elementary School
School District: Orangeburg County School District
City, State: Orangeburg, SC
Music that Describes Teressa
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.