LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Shanika Smalls-Muir

Position: English Teacher
School: Elloree Elementary School
School District: Orangeburg County School District
City, State: Elloree, SC

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Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir was nominated by her colleague, Derrick James.

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a stellar teacher. She adds to the positive development of her school's atmosphere. She is committed to the education profession and dedicated to seeing that all of her students are excellent readers and writers. Dr. Smalls-Muir is the former teacher of the year.

"It is an honor and privilege to nominate Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir as a LifeChanger," said James.



Comments (203)


Alisia Sheppard Posted 22 days ago

There are a lot of people who motivate me, but only one of those people words get to my head. That person is my English 1 teacher, Mrs. Shanika Small-Muir. She teaches me things that I need to know about the world, encourages me to follow my dreams, and to helps me reach my goals. She taught me about how the way I speak can tell the type of person I am. She also taught me how to use metaphors in the novels I am writing personally because that will make my books more exciting. Another thing she taught me was only listen to things that are going to help me not hurt me. She always says “Writing can take you places that you never thought you could go. So, getting good grades in these ninth-grade courses can help you accomplish anything in this world.” There’s not much I can say about Mrs. Smalls. The only thing I can really say is she is the best teacher ever. Most teachers wouldn’t take the time to talk to their students about the world, but Mrs. Smalls cares. She takes her students as her own kids. That’s all I have to say. I love you, Mrs. Smalls.

Kofi Akyere Posted 1 months ago

Grace and favor

Jaron Posted 1 months ago

Congratulations. You deserve it.

Ashley Stevens Posted 1 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is the most genuinely compassionate person I know. She was my teacher when I was in eighth grade. As a 13-year-old child, I was very impressionable. However, Dr Smalls-Muir made sure that I stayed on the right path. She created the after school program for young women like myself, so that we could talk about the stress that we may have been under or seek help with school work that we did not understand. In that program, I was able to interact with my peers that I would have never even talked to. Beyond school is where she has impacted my life greatly. In our after school program, I asked her questions about God, just trying to get a mere understanding of the way the world is, and why certain things happened. Not only did she gave me an explanation of who he was, she asked what church I went to. When I told her, she was surprised because she went to the same church, but we never seen each other. It had been a couple years since I went to that church. My mom had to work everyday of the week to support my family, so we never had time to go. Dr. Muir found it in herself to start picking me up on Sundays and taking me to church with her. It was one of the kindest gestures I have ever been shown as a student. I wanted to build a relationship with God. I wanted to feel his grace and the warmth of his love and she gave me the opportunity to do so. I am forever grateful to Dr. Smalls-Muir. She most definitely has changed my life for the absolute better!

Leeshonda Adams Posted 1 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an astonishing and outstanding teacher . Her personality is great and she teaches very well she is very nice and she is just a great person . She motivates her students to never give up if you fail get back up and try harder again

Buckrey Jamison Posted 1 months ago

I Buckrey Jamison, Financial Manager, Government employee me Dr. Shanika D. Smalls-Muir approximately 15 years ago. I attended several of the Teacher of the Year Programs, talked to an supported some of the students and was impressed and blessed enough to see her grow as an educator. It was not just her teaching skills that impressed me. Dr. Smalls-Muir was a joy to work with because of her positive attitude and her ability to never give up on a child. Her commitment and empathy we valued not just by myself but also by her students and parents. It is with great pleasure to personally recommend Dr. Shanika D. Smalls to LifeChanger of the Year. She is dedicated enthusiastic and organized. I can recommend her without reservation. Dr. Smalls-Muir develop creative lesson plans, and students can hardly wait to attend her class. She is observant of her students strengths and weaknesses and communicates enthusiastically to help students feel more comfortable with her as their teacher. She has mutual respect and a cooperative spirit with educators, students and parents inside and outside the educational environment. She received job offers from other state, she chose to teach in a rural area in South Carolina. Her accomplishments and achievements are to many to reflect here. For example, Dr. Smalls-Muir received national recognition for establishing a boys book club; an angel in you girls club and a girls in the community club. She organized a teen purity team, mentored students in the Student Composition and Poetry Contest (they won) and served as a public speaker on many school conferences. She assisted in the school planning committee, nominated as the Teacher of the Year for 2 level years and 3 years on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapters. She was recognized in several newspaper articles while raising 3 young children. Also, her students received a 100% passing rate on the State Assessment Test. Dr. Smalls-Muir was recognized as the State representative to serve Orangeburg, South Carolina. In addition, Dr. Shanika D. Smalls-Muir is a teachers teacher. Therefore, I am absolutely confident that Dr. Shanika D. Smalls-Muir would be a great asset to LifeChangers of the Year. Buckrey Jamison (202) 882-5405

Hailey Bochette Posted 1 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir was one of my favorite teachers in middle school. She was very engaging and made every day in the class a new and fun experience. The accomplishments she has achieved at such a young age is so inspiring to me.

Alontae Jackson Posted 1 months ago

Dr. Smalls is a very good person. She treats everyone with respect. She is so inspiring in everything that she does. I am so happy that this has happened her. She deserves this, and I wish nothing but success in her career. Congratulations Dr. Smalls, keep up the great work!

Caroline A. Posted 1 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an amazing English teacher. She uplifts her students and inspires them to be their best everyday. Her classroom is always a positive space where students can learn and grow, making her a fantastic role model.

Alisia Sheppard Posted 1 months ago

There are a lot of people who motivate me, but only one of those people words get to my head. That person is my English 1 teacher, Mrs. Shanika Small-Muir. She teaches me things that I need to know about the world, encourages me to follow my dreams, and to helps me reach my goals. She taught me about how the way I speak can tell the type of person I am. She also taught me how to use metaphors in the novels I am writing personally because that will make my books more exciting. Another thing she taught me was only listen to things that are going to help me not hurt me. She always says “Writing can take you places that you never thought you could go. So, getting good grades in these ninth-grade courses can help you accomplish anything in this world.” There’s not much I can say about Mrs. Smalls. The only thing I can really say is she is the best teacher ever. Most teachers wouldn’t take the time to talk to their students about the world, but Mrs. Smalls cares. She takes her students as her own kids. That’s all I have to say. I love you, Mrs. Smalls.

Mi'Kalia Williams Posted 1 months ago

She is a good soul always have a positive heart. Has everyone well being in to concentration. And heart is always in a good place.

Timyra Shaw Posted 1 months ago

Miss Smalls-Muir is what I like to call a star. She always lights up the room whenever she is around, even virtually! I know she genuinely cares. She wants all of her students to succeed and she tries her best to make sure that happens. She's is always positive and very optimistic. She shares her personal life details with us to help us, which makes the lesson seem more relatable. I am very grateful to have such an amazing teacher like her. Her smile is like an encouraging push to succeed in whatever I do. She never gives up on any student, which is very hard to find. Although I have only been in her class a short time, this is the most I have ever learned from one person. I believe she has the power to change the world! One student at a time in her classroom. I am honored to be her student!

Deidre Shaw Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir you have only been my daughter's teacher for a few months now, but you have had such an impact. During the first weeks of school you challenged the students to go to IXL and do 9th grade work. My daughter did some of the work and was super excited she got it right. This was the spark that she was missing. She felt so accomplished. I can truly tell that you believe in your students and only want the best for them. I appreciate your energy and excitement for teaching. I believe you are always smiling and that comes across to your students. I know that Elloree Middle School is better because of you. Thanks for going above and beyond. Diamonds are rare, but can always be recognized by their sparkle. I hope that you win this well deserved award.

Marcel Mantle Posted 1 months ago

You are appreciated in my life

Robert Lee Posted 2 months ago

You are my go-to person whenever I need something written or edited. I know it will be done well because you always give your best in everything you do. I know you have a lot on your plate being a mother , teacher and writer yourself but you still take time out of your busy schedule to help me come up with superb documents. This is the least I can do to say thank you. You have changed my life and I am successful because of you working behind the scene to help me.

Carsten C Posted 2 months ago

I love you.

Christian J Posted 2 months ago

You are a winner to me. I love you.

Serenity Posted 2 months ago

I love you and I hope you win.

Emerson Davis Posted 2 months ago

You are an amazing mother of 3 little ones, an awesome author, teacher and speaker. Thank you for hard work and dedication.

Mary H Yarborough Posted 2 months ago

Shanika is a star; illuminating, bright and inspiring. And that’s how I, an adult, finds her. I have had the pleasure of seeing her engage with her students and the light and hope in those children’s eyes in response to confirms that Shanika Smalls is exceptional, unique, and a sheer joyful blessing to anyone she encounters. A true gift to humanity and to the humanities at all levels, academic and community.

Leeshonda Adams Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an astonishing and outstanding teacher . Her personality is great and she teaches very well she is very nice and she is just a great person . She motivates her students to never give up if you fail get back up and try harder again

Sarah Funderburg Posted 2 months ago

Thanks for being the most helpful and loving person and a great teacher. You changed so many lives.

Shawn Foster Posted 2 months ago

Thank you for your commitment to children and the teaching profession. You are truly a life changer.

Shirley Rush Posted 2 months ago

Thanks for being the most helpful and loving person ever. You changed so many lives.

Ty’Lyrhia Bookhart Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an inspiring person, always seeing the best in people. She is a motivator. If it had not been for her, i’m not sure I would be as passionate about my work and everything I do. she opens eyes and helps you see everything for what it really is. Dr. Smalls-Muir is a great teacher and an overall great person!

Henrietta Nesbitt Posted 2 months ago

What a bright shining light. So giving, supporting and focused on positive thinking and actions. There are individuals who make their surrounds better, there are those who are always avalie add. De Small-Muir is that person.

M. Jackson Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Small-Muir is an amazing person in and out. Always willing to help others and putting others 1st.

Richards Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is dedicating to teaching and encouraging. Keep your light shining bright.

Malissa Wright Posted 2 months ago

It gives me enormous pleasure to nominate Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir for the LifeChanger award. My first interaction with Dr. Smalls-Muir is when she walked into my elementary art class as a first grader. I had the honor of teaching her throughout her elementary years. She was incredibly quiet and extremely smart. I knew then she was destined for greatness. Dr. Smalls is highly intelligent and has a passion for reading and writing. It is that same passion she instills in her students. She leads by being an example.

Keanna Walley Posted 2 months ago

Congratulations Mrs.Smalls you really deserve this thank you for everything !

Angel Waring Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir has made a true impact on my life. Although I took her courses many years ago as a middle school student, I think of her life lessons on a daily basics. There’s not many people you come in contact with that you truly think of daily but don’t speak to each other at all. However, the school lessons, small chats about life, and impactful enthusiasm she encourages on her students stuck with me until this day! She is definitely a life changer and I can honestly say I probably would not have the courage I have today if I did not meet her. Forever grateful to have had her in my life.

Sarah Posted 2 months ago

Shanika is very smart and intelligent. The most helpful person I know.

Ke’Amari Williams Posted 2 months ago

There is no word to describe such amazing woman such as Dr. Smalls -Muir . She’s a very dedicated individual who put her best in all that she do. She never just think about herself but always want the best for others .

Marcel Mantle Posted 2 months ago

I'm so grateful you were my teacher . Thank you for emboldening me. Your positivity and encouragement brightened my days. You made me a better, more thoughtful person.

Gregory wearing Posted 2 months ago

My time with Dr. Smalls is very short. I have found Dr. Smalls Muir to be an wonderful person and Great teacher.She has great personality. She put her students first. She has incredible heart. Being the basketball coach, she kept me update on my players progress. Thank you for everything you have done for me and the students at Elloree Elementary School.

Talazie Davis Posted 2 months ago

I love how much she helped me with my writing skills. She’s so helpful??

Ver’Niya Collier Posted 2 months ago

As a former student of Dr.Smalls-Muir, thank you for not just teaching me to pass the test, but teaching me to succeed in life. Not only did you give me the tools I needed to do well in your class, but you also gave me many of the tools I needed to do well in life and beyond. You made me feel like I could succeed, and then you taught me how to succeed. I can imagine it gets tough having students come in and out of your classroom every year, and it can often feel like you are not making a difference in their lives in just a few short months, so, for this reason above all, I want you to know that you have made a profound impact on my entire life and I could not be more grateful to have known you. Thank you for teaching me.

IONA ISAAC CIGA Posted 2 months ago

My time with Dr. Smalls is very short. I have found Dr. Smalls Muir to be an amazing person and Great educator. She is a very affectionate person, always speaks from the HEART. .I just love her and wish her GOOD LUCK in all her endeavors! God Bless You!

Iva Green Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is a Life Changer! Her faith and ability to motivate everyone she meets is a blessing. Dr. Smalls-Muir is a devout Christian, an outstanding teacher and author. She possesses a contagious passion for teaching. Dr. Smalls-Muir models’ patience and kindness. She believes in her students and helps them to believe in themselves.

Mary S. Fogle Posted 2 months ago

It is of great pleasure to nominate such an inspiring educator. Dr. Smalls-Muir is a dedicated and passionate educator. As a colleague in the teaching profession I have noticed she wears that hat very well. She is a woman of professionalism and intelligence. Without any reservations, I can honestly say she loves her students and they love her in return. Kudos to an admirable educator.

Ella Keitt Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a dedicated person to her students, family, and colleagues. She goes above and beyond to help them. She is an excellent teacher and very professional. She is just an extraordinary person. I believe Mrs. Smalls-Muir can do anything that she wants to do. She's an awesome and amazing person. I can go on and on and talk about her greatness. She is a Life Changer Good Luck, Best Wishes, and many Blessings to you. You have my vote as a Life Changer!

Derrick James Posted 2 months ago

She is an awesome teacher and leader. Noone has to ask her twice to do anything that will better her students. She is awesome!!!

Annette Davis Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a great person to work with. She is very helpful and doesn't mind helping where ever she is needed. She is dedicated to her students and love them as her own. She goes above and beyond to make sure she gives her students what they need educationally.

Alehem Fernandez Posted 2 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Smalls-Muir! As a colleague, I am so proud to see how we recognize in her that value of changing lives for the better. Her professional attitude and personal charisma distinguish her! I am honored to be her co-worker! Congratulations!!????

Valerie J Lawrence Posted 2 months ago

I've had the esteem pleasure of knowing Dr. Smalls-Muir for several years in various settings. I first met her as my daughter's English teacher in middle school. She became the the light to my child's love of reading. Presently, we are colleagues and I have found that she has done the same for many other students. Shanika is a tireless advocate for all who crosses her path and she shows this throughout her life. If you meet her you will never forget her soft talk and bright smile. She looks to find the best outcome for all involved and truly exemplifies the core values of a christian. Thank you for being who you are and I am so happy that our lives crossed.

Valarie McMillan Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is a woman of great integrity. I have known her for many years, and she is the epitome of what greatness looks like. Dr. Muir is view in her community and professional setting as a leader and trendsetter. She strives to make lives better for those she surrounds. With resounding elation, I am honored to endorse Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir as a recipient for the “Life Changer's Award”. She will represent this organization with such pride, dignity and respect.

Benjamin M Toy Posted 2 months ago

Shanika is a remarkable person with an incredible heart. Our paths crossed when we were volunteering for a non profit helping children of incarcerated parents. She is humble and deserving of this recognition

Dr. Casandra H. Jenkins Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an amazing eighth grade teacher that works diligently and effectively with her colleagues and the school leadership team to ensure all around success for our students. She leads with positivity and professionalism in all that she does and represents our school with poise grace. Dr. Smalls-Muir seeks to increase student learning while being particularly concerned about the the whole child. She manages her students' well-being socially, emotionally, and academically. She searches for ways to assist and advocate for student successes beyond the classroom. It is fitting and appropriate that Dr. Smalls-Muir has been nominated for the LifeChanger Award and I look forward to her being named Life Changer of the Year.

Flerida Cruz Posted 2 months ago

I voted for her. She is very dedicated, talented and generous. She would never hesitate to render a help to anyone and give her time, knowledge and wisdom to whoever needed the most. Please count my vote for her. I believe in her capability to multi task job. Not just an excelent teacher but She could be a famous writer and author one day.

Linda G Johnson Posted 2 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is an extraordinary teacher. She is a teacher that students easily connects and bonds with on an individualized level. Her warm and sizzling personality is hard for students to resist. First of all, she is a God sent person and it shows in her spiritual, professional and physical mannerism. Being around Dr. Smalls-Muir challenges you to check yourself to become a better person. Dr. Smalls-Muir has won my heart and vote as a "Life Changer!

Brent Snell Posted 2 months ago

MS Smalls-Muir is a very good teacher and she has taught me so much and i thank her for that she has really change my life for the better i will always remember her as long as i live my favorite teacher of all time.

Alisia Sheppard Posted 2 months ago

Thank you for being there for me. Your always there to talk to me when I really need it. I am so grateful that you are my teacher this year. You have been a real-life changer for me. You are such a sweet and loving teacher that will be there to help anytime you need it. I love you Mrs. Smalls

David King Posted 3 months ago

Doctor Smalls- Muir was my middle school English teacher and the impact that she has had on my education career is so substantial. I remember being so excited to attend her classes. I learn so much about poetry, literary devices, and gain a respect for reading. I do not believe there are many teachers out there who inspire kids and also help shape the new generation in such a powerful way. Dr. Smalls-Muir is that powerful teacher and we need more of her in school systems.

Vicki Hemingway Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-MuirI want to congratulate you on your endeavors and keep on pushing and with our youth. You’re the perfect example of what our students need in today’s society.

Deandre gibbs Posted 3 months ago

Mrs smalls is my former 8th grade English teacher. She always gaved us encouraging words to help us get through throughout my 8th grade year she wasn’t just a English teacher to me she became a mentor to me. Congratulations mrs smalls and keep up the excellent work God bless

Jackola Cassell Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls- Muir is an amazing person and an excellent teacher. She is helpful and hardworking. She radiates positivity. Dr. Smalls - Muir is an empowering educator and a great motivator.

Deidra Cade Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is exactly what is needed in these pivotal times. Reaching the young minds that will ultimately shape our future is instrumental for the longevity and fulfillment of a bright tomorrow. These are our gamechangers and ultimately our way of life changers. If you get a child to develop a passion for learning, they will never cease to grow. This makes Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir the perfect candidate.

Wanda Olin-Stokes Posted 3 months ago

I have known Dr. Smalls-Muir all of my life and to say she’s an inspiration is truly an understatement. She is someone who gives her all to ensure that those around her are able to reach their full potential. She is a great woman, mom, wife, teacher, and leader. Congratulations and best wishes, Dr. Muir. You deserve it!

Antwan Garcia Posted 3 months ago

Dr Smalls-Muir is one of the most pleasant people you may encounter in life. She’s very nurturing, patient, and passionate. She’s definitely a role model for the youth in the community.

Andre Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations Shanika you was special since a child??

kenneth shuler Posted 3 months ago

It is with pride and honor that I recommend Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir, for Life-Changer of The Year. I believe that our core values should be at the foundation of all that we do in life, no matter how big or small our endeavors may be, and I know that, that is the case with Dr. Smalls-Muir. I'm only echoing the sentiments of everyone, who's ever met Dr. Smalls-Muir. Although we are relatives, our relationship transcends our kinship, because of the beauty of her humanity, and her passion for enriching the lives of others. Authoring books is an indication of selflessness, and a desire to pour and impart the fruits of triumph over adversities, into others. If there was a prefix that I'd place before the honorable one (“Doctor”) that already stands before her name, it would be "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SOUL.” As I said from the outset, Dr. Smalls-Muir has touched my life in ways that transcend our kinship, because of her spirituality and grace. She is just one of those people, whom when you speak to for just a minute or so, you leave the conversation, wanting to challenge yourself to be kinder, more considerate, and to make more of an investment into the empowerment and betterment of others. I am so happy for her students at Elloree Elementary School, because I know that they won’t be underserved in the slightest, but will rather, be inspired to reach their absolute, fullest potential. Not only will they be well-developed academically, but because they are under the tutorage of a fully invested teacher, such as Dr. Smalls-Muir, a one that is of the highest qualities of human character; they will also be well-developed young men and women, when they move on into adulthood. I am sure that all of the candidates are qualified for this highly distinguished award, and I congratulate them all; but without one fraction of reservation, I highly recommend Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir, for the honor of being named “LIFE-CHANGER OF THE YEAR!” Congratulations Elloree Elementary School and Dr. Smalls-Muir, for your nomination! Being nominated for such an honor is already a win! God bless you! I am beyond proud of you, but am in no way surprised, that you’ve been considered for such a well-deserved and distinguishing honor. I love and honor you.

Gervaris Wearing Posted 3 months ago

This is one of my favorite teachers and one of the reasons I am inspired to pursue education myself. She has helped me a lot over the years and I really appreciate her for that. She is definitely a life changer for me.

Geaynna Posted 3 months ago

My favorite person! When no one believed in me, Dr.Muir gave me soooo much hope! I could NEVER repay her, but she’s so appreciated. A well deserved award... She’s THE BOMB!

Sharekia Wearing Posted 3 months ago

I can give many of the same reasons every poster before me as to why Dr. Smalls-Muir is deserving of the life changer of the year award. As a fellow middle school English Teacher I can personally attest that her ability to reach students who are deemed unreachable by others is bar none! However, I will speak of her from a parents perspective as she was my daughters 6th and 8th grade English Teacher. My daughter was (and is) a very unique person and to many she would appear to have a “don’t care” attitude. It was in Dr. Smalls-Muir 6th grade class that she began to tap into her academic writing abilities. Ms. Smalls would push my daughter to think outside of the box and find ways to express herself. By the time my daughter was in her 8th grade class, Dr. Smalls-Muir had become the single most effective teacher to guide her to embrace her skills as a writer. By the end of my daughter’s 8th grade year she was a published writer and poet! Today my daughter is entering her senior year of college pursuing an English Education degree. She has always attributed her love of writing and poetry, along with her desire to teach to Shanika Smalls-Muir. I truly admire Dr. Smalls-Muir for many reasons as an educator and a co-worker but I absolutely admire her for role she had (and still has) in my daughter’s life... and I know that sentiment is shared by many parents! Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir truly is a life changer! She is beyond deserving of this title!

Sukanya Bratcher Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is truly an exceptional woman. She was not just a teacher to me, but also a mentor and a mother figure. The LifeChanger award is too fitting for her!

Tiara Turner Posted 3 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Smalls-Muir during my first year teaching at Holly Hill-Roberts Middle School. She is an outstanding teacher and community leader.

Jay Blankenship Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smals Muir is a great asset for South Carolina and the Nation. I know that she has made a difference in the lives of the youth that she encounters. She is truly a bridge builder that engages and encourages members of the community. I am proud of her, but not surprised by her accomplishments or nomination. I am looking forward to the great things that she has on the horizon.. She possess all of the traits of a leader who has the ability to affect change for the betterment of all. She is definitely a Phenomenal Woman.

kenneth shuler Posted 3 months ago

I've never been more excited to speak on behalf of anyone! Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is a relative of mine, but our relationship transcends our kinship. This young lady is a lover of humanity, and has dedicated her life, through faith & love; to the betterment of others. She was raised by two beautiful parents, who instilled within her, beautiful moral values, which are the source of her kind, considerate, and pleasant spirit. Her professional qualifications for this honor, are without question, but her character away from her profession, is what makes her special. "The Most Beautiful Soul" is probably the prefix that I'd put before "Doctor." Dr. Smalls-Muir has also impacted my life spiritually, because quality human-beings make those, whom they touch, feel more of a responsibility, to make life better for others. Everyone who's ever met Dr. Smalls-Muir, will echo these very sentiments. She is definitely a life-changer, and could easily be deserving of this award; not just this year, but every year!!! The students at Elloree Elementary are so blessed to have her as their teacher! I'm sure that the others that are in consideration for this award, are also people of the highest quality of character, but my vote for LIFE-CHANGER OF THE YEAR; without a fraction of a reservation, is for Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir!!! I could've gone on and on, but to honor one so deserving, is about to be a very teary-eyed thing for this 6' 2" 285lbs man. So I'll end it right here. Congratulations Dr. Smalls-Muir and Elloree Elementary!!! You are absolutely awesome and worthy, and I am beyond proud of you!!!

Kenosha Oliver Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir is an excellent educator! She is my former teacher. She has made a lasting impact in my life since the day that I met her! She is by far that once-in-a-lifetime teacher that inspires others and gives them the motivation and wisdom to pursue their passions. She is most deserving of this award. I can’t think of anyone who is a better candidate! Thank you Mrs. Smalls-Muir for all that you do!

Aytiana James Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls was a blessing to have as a teacher and she most definitely deserves this award.

Jahnai Barnes Posted 3 months ago

When I think of the term, ‘Life Changer,’ I possibly could not think of anyone better to associate this phrase with than my former teacher, affectionately called by myself and her other students, “Ms. Smalls.” This woman truly changed my life by introducing me into one of my strongest loves, writing. My love for reading had always been intact, but when I was enrolled in Ms. Smalls’ class during Middle School, it intensified. In addition to that, writing was something she always had her students doing, something I glanced over as ‘usual class norms’ at first until she showed me how magical, wonderful, and vivid words could be. She showed her students how amazing words could be by pairing them together and how cool it was to realize we had the ability to write to the levels we were. I’ve loved writing ever since her class and have went onto do internet based journalism, articles published in the newspaper, and have won countless Literature awards due to this. Ms. Smalls has always encouraged not only myself, but all of her students, to try our best, to always believe in ourselves, and to always keep a love of education in our hearts. I honestly think without her class, I would have never became the writer or lover of words that I am today. Her lessons, teachings, and spirit has stuck with me for all of my schooling, truly making her the most influential teacher I’ve ever had. Ms. Smalls is truly a gem, as show has shown countless patience, love, and empathy in her classroom. She not only is worthy of this award and title of, ‘Life Changer,’ but is worthy of immense recognition and praise. I could not think of anyone more deserving of this honor.

JoAnn Bailey Lawton Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is an inspiration to her community. She is not only a dedicated educator but a role model for the young people in the communities of Vance, Santee, Elloree, Eutawville, and Holly Hill. She has touched the lives of so many people in her church family through her undying faith. Congratulations Dr. Smalls-Muir and continue to inspire.

Michael L. Haynes Posted 3 months ago

The title Life Changer, fixes Ms. Smalls perfectly. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago, when my son and nephew was in her class. My son would come home on several occasions, talking about his teacher Ms. Smalls. One thing he did say, that she was nice and he liked her class. That was a first for him. Once I meet her, I found what my son said to be true. Meeting her, I could tell that she was one who'is cares about her students. I can see then what my son meant. Last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the school. She is one who knows how to speak with her students. Student's normally tries to get away from their teachers in the free time but Ms. Smalls aways has a group of students around. Watching her deal with students and others teacher is a beautiful. She away has a beautiful smile on her face that will change anyone's life. Life changer? Yes! It's. Ms. Smalls.

Linda W Parker Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an educator who possesses an authentic personality and individual aesthetic that empower academic and social change in her students. Like a bud in bloom, she nurtures her students with the warmth and care needed to open them to possibilities beyond their imaginations. Her notable involvement in her school and community merits this nomination as the LifeChanger icon.

Tatyana Carty Posted 3 months ago

You sound like amazing teacher and you deserve your award.

Shadala Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Muir is a Fantabulous teacher her teaching skills is innumerable. She definitely earned this title.

JermaineGathers Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is a great teacher who cares about all her students. I hope you win the title

Krisha Parekh Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an awesome teacher who loves her students. She deserves this award.

Jordan Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Muir, I can go on and on about how you have helped me, but I won’t be selfish the entire time. You have helped so many kids in the community stay out of trouble and you have led so many of my friends to Christ. You took us to church with you on Sundays. You took us school shopping when we didn’t have the money to buy our own clothes. On Christmas holidays you spent your hard earned money on us and didn’t ask for a dime of it back. You took time out of your busy schedule to help me learn and catch up with missing assignments. I probably would have failed if it wasn’t for your help. Most importantly, you have helped me reach my goals of becoming a writer. You could never do anyone wrong or be mean to anyone because that is just how much love you have in your heart for everyone. You deserved this title hands down.

Janae Posted 3 months ago

You are an inspiration to me. When my mother was not around, you were there. I appreciate how you freely allowed me to call you mom and you treated me like a daughter. You not only provided material things for me but you also gave me unconditional love which I will treasure for a lifetime. You have been instrumental in steering me on the right path every time I have gotten off track. You have a heart of gold and compassion for others. I appreciate your contributions to society. You make life better just by being here. Keep your light shining bright. You deserve this. You got this.

Zania Holman Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Ms. Small-Muir for all that you do , I highly recommend her for this award.

TahvonBookhart Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Dr.smalls.you are a excellent teacher.

javontaewhitten Posted 3 months ago

DR smalls muir is a great teacher who care about all her student i hope you when the title

JermaineGathers Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is a great teacher who cares about all her students. I hope you win the title

Takhia King Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls is such an amazing teacher , she deserves this award .

Krisha Parekh Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an awesome teacher who loves her students. She deserves this award.

joanna smith Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is an awesome teacher who loves her students she should get this award

Ericka Shivers Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Mrs. Smalls Muir for all you do and have done for your students. You are appreciated and should be rewarded.

Ja'Khyri Banks-White Posted 3 months ago

She is an amazing teacher that deserves this more than anyone

Linda Asbury Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is kind and compassionate. She has a heart of gold. Love you always.

Derrick Smalls Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Shanika Smalls-Muir is a dedicated and compassionate person. Everything she does is done with all out effort. She cares about all of her students as if they were her own children. You can see the positive impact she has on the individuals who cross her path.

S. Clark Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir have been an inspiration to my daughter Shamira. She has encouraged her to start writing short stories. Her writing has improved tremendously. Special thanks to Dr. Muir. You really do deserve this recognition.

Saniya White Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls Muir is a unique person. Your positivity and inspiration can brighten anyone’s day. I am so glad that you truly love what you do. Congrats!

Emerson Davis Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations I am very proud of you you deserve it!!!!

Jordan Gilmore Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls Muir is an awesome teacher. She taught me everything I needed to know , and nourished me into a great writer. Dr. Smalls-Muir was everything I needed to be great ; without her I wouldn’t be where I am now !

Keri Fersner Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir has always been a positive light in the years I've worked with her! She exudes a love for her students that is matched with high expectations for them to succeed not just in her class, but in life beyond! I have witnessed her dedication to education and also her ability to go beyond the call of duty, whether it be through mentoring students outside of class, establishing interest clubs for students, and exposing them to new ideas and concepts that will help them to grow into the best versions of themselves! Dr. Smalls-Muir is a team player, a woman of God, and a life-changer it the truest form! She absolutely deserves this award! :)

Alayshia Turner Posted 3 months ago

Congrats!!!

Brian Paschal Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir Is an exceptional teacher. She is kind, dedicated, and caring. She understands the needs of her students as goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their success.

Yasmine Davis Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls has helped me become a first generation college student when I was once a troubled child who did not know my full potential. With her love for teaching, and inspiring others—whenever Dr.Smalls is around, you know it will be a good day! She is so deserving of this award. She changes everyone’s life that she comes in contact with. I can’t think of anyone else who is more deserving than Ms.Smalls ??

Alisha Crawford Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Smalls was my middle school English teacher. She was such a great teacher/influencer. I took a lot of what she taught me from the middle school to high school. She totally prepared me.

Jahsandra Lloyd Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir has taught me so much, things that I still use today as a Junior in high school. She is absolutely amazing at what she does.

Carlos Parker Posted 3 months ago

I met Dr. Smalls-Muir in our undergraduate years. She has positively impacted many students overs the years. Congratulations on the nomination.

Meka Yvette Posted 3 months ago

I am really proud of my little sister. When we both graduated from Clemson University on the same day, I remember her telling me she wanted to return to our hometown, a small rural town called Vance, to make an impact in the lives of the children. I can honestly say that she has gone above and beyond in accomplishing her goals as an intentional teacher in our rural area. She could never hide the passion she has for her students, for children, for people. It always speaks in the end. She has won Teacher of the Year twice for her school and once as a District Teacher of the Year Alternative. She has been named Veterans of Foreign War Teacher of the Year twice in a matter of a few years. She has had hundreds of students to win writing competitions. Many of those students won first place writing awards at the national level for various competitions because of her instruction. She has had students earn state titles in Public Speaking at the Beta Club Convention and other speaking contests. I am proud of her accomplishments. Her strategic teaching and high expectations for all her students have made her a true life changer. Proverbs 31:10 says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Thank you for being a virtuous woman, which makes it easy to be a virtuous teacher.

jierra jamison Posted 3 months ago

Great teacher, very helpful and kind

Skylar Jenkins Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Dr.Muir for all you do and have done for your students.You are appreciated and should be awarded.Dr.Smalls-Muir is an awesome teacher who loves her students.She deserves this award.

Madison Nichols Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Mrs. Smalls Muir for all you do and have done for your students. You are appreciated and should be rewarded.

Ameya Posted 3 months ago

I highly recommend Dr. Smalls-Muir for this award because she knows her stuff.

Jabin Clark Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations you deserve it.

Ashton Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Dr.smalls you are a great teacher.

Jaidyn Sexton Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Dr.Muir of all you do and have done for your students. You are appreciated and should be rewarded. Thank you Dr.Small you are an excellent teacher.

Dejah McFadden Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is an amazing educator. She would represent well.

Tyshaun Davis Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Dr. Smalls. you are a amazing teacher. Dr Smalls is amazing educator. she will represent well.

Jabin Clark Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls is a great teacher who cares about all her students. You are appreciated!

Jermaine Jamison Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is amazing educator. She would represent well. Dr.smalls-Muir is kind and compassionate. She has a heart of gold.

Amya Shown Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-muir id an amazing teacher. She is kind and compassionate with a heart of gold. I believe she would represent very well. I hope you win the award Dr. Smalls-muir.

De'Zjaun Gidron Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a great teacher who cares about all of her students. I really do hope you win this title.

Katia Wright Posted 3 months ago

I highly recommend Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir for this award because she knows her stuff.

Jamesian Oliver Posted 3 months ago

Thank you Dr. Smalls. You are an excellent teacher.

Krisha Parekh Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is a great teacher who cares about all her students. I hope you win the title.

ekou koffi Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Muir is a life changer because she has changed many lives. We love you

Kamron Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations

Kalin Halls Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir has a true passion for teaching her students. She is honest and treats everyone fair. She has been heard giving very encouraging words to students and co-workers. Her faith and beliefs allows her to work hard in making sure the students become life-long lovers of reading. Her laugh is infectious . lol CONGRATULATIONS

Mrs. P. Rivers Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Small-Muir is a wonderful person and she loves her students. On many occasions I have seen her interact with her students in such a kind and professional manner. She deserves all that God has for her and more. Keep up the good work Dr. Smalls-Muir!!

R Elmore Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls is a genius.

Johnisha Johnson Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations for a job well done!

Raleigh Tramaine Rush Posted 3 months ago

I’ve known doc since 2005 and she has been an inspiration and an example of strength. Her attitude, personality, and temperament is a blessing to all that know her. I’m proud to be able to say that I know her

Shaquan cayo Posted 3 months ago

Dr Smalls-Muir is truly a phenomenal educator that cares about the well being of her students. Having her as my 6th grade English teacher has truly impacted my life. Thank you!

ShaMyria Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls - Muir is the best. She is kind and very helpful. She’s the best. She was my middle school english teacher & she was by my side ever since then. I appreciate her so much!

Jessica Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is the kind of educator that leaves a lasting impression on your life. You are forever loved by your students!

Kimberly B. Farrington Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an exceptional educator. She's loving, encouraging, empowering, and an amazing individual all around. She is so deserving of this award, a life changer indeed. Congratulations!

Danica B. Posted 3 months ago

You guys definitely made the right decision with this one. Mrs. Smalls is a great leader and she helps everyone reach their desired goal. Her love for what she does is so profound that she’ll go above and beyond for the right cause and she’s the reason why a plethora of us are accomplishing so much. Keep believing in us and making the community better !

Jidida Flemming Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a phenomenal teacher. I am glad I had the honor to work with her in the classroom. She is very passionate about her students and her community.

Brooke Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Smalls was my (and still is) favorite teacher! She had a way of making every student feel special and taking time with each and every one of us. I’m forever grateful for her.

A’nasia Jordan Posted 3 months ago

Great teacher, very supportive & good at giving advice.

Heather Haughton Posted 3 months ago

A Life-Changer award is an acknowledgement of the great impact that an individual has had and continues to have on those around her. This is Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir. Dr. Smalls-Muir epitomizes professionalism and social etiquette. Her drive and passion for the improvement and upliftment of students and colleagues makes this small lady a giant in our minds. Her easy rapport and welcoming smile keep us coming back. Thank you Dr. Smalls-.Muir; if anyone has earned this nomination, it is certainly you.

Hannah Posted 3 months ago

You are an incredible teacher. I am on the path to becoming a medical doctor because you believed in me when no one else believed in my dream. I remember all the short stories, research papers, essays and articles we had to write for you. You gave me my foundation. I don’t have long more to go. ??

Joshua Posted 3 months ago

You are an excellent teacher. I got All my writing skills from you. I am currently writing a novel about sports. Thanks for impacting my life, Dr. Muir. P.S. You have already won.

Caleb Posted 3 months ago

I am so proud of you. You have helped me to become who I am today, a young man of God. Your teaching and love for God can be seen by everyone. I have excelled in ELA because of you especially in writing.

Ashawnti Glover Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is the epitome of a "LifeChanger." She exemplifies excellence by helping students achieve their potential within the community. She fosters a culture that produces leaders with a passion for creating a global society that encompasses extraordinary compassion. Shanika possesses the servant-leader qualities that are highly needed today in our school systems. It's evident she is a reflective professional who desires to offer each student the best in her classroom, with a rare gift for touching her students' hearts and minds. She enlightens them to aim high and believe in their potential. She inspires every student to go above and beyond the norm in the pursuit of excellence. Through her dedication, impeccable character, and foresight, she has impacted the next generation of leaders. Without reservations, I am nominating Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir as "LifeChanger Of the Year."

April Bess Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Smalls would be the perfect person for the LifeChangers award. A person that exemplifies the LifeChanger's Mission, Vision, and Values in the lives of the students she comes in contact with every day. Ms. Smalls is an amazing person who has a heart of gold, and a passion to teach. A person who inspires every student to work hard and do their best. It is an honor and pleasure to support Ms. Smalls for the LifeChanger of the Year award.

Pernell Posted 3 months ago

She is a beautiful person inside out and always there to lend a helping hand if needed

Allen D. Taste, Jr. Posted 3 months ago

I could go on all day about how Ms. Smalls help me change my life. During my eight grade English one class, she help me develop a deeper love for reading, writing, and speaking. She exhibited an aura that lit up any room she walked in, that’s how she caught my attention. She always reminded us of how smart and beautiful we were, and how she knew we were going to be change agents. She fostered a group of students that are tackling this world today as leaders. She was one of the many teachers who inspired me to be a Middle School English Teacher. Ms. Smalls is a gem unlike many. One of the best actually.

Mary Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Muir I also remember when you spent your personal money to buy every last student you taught something nice for Christmas from pajama pants, sweaters, blankets, gift cards and school supplies. Not just on Christmas but on every holiday you made sure the students were celebrated and felt special. The biggest thing is seeing so many kids win writing awards as a result of you being a teacher of writing. As an author, you taught them to love writing. Because of your light, many of your students have chosen to walk in the Light. I am proud of you dear.

Mary Posted 3 months ago

I am so proud of you, Dr. Muir. Teaching is not a job for you, it is a ministry. You have impacted so many children's lives. I remember the purity club you started with the girls in the community. You took the girls shopping, provided food for them and clothes. You all did a great job with public speaking and teaching the other young girls the importance of abstinence.

Delaine R. Jamison Posted 3 months ago

Hi, Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is a spirit fill person in the professional system of education. God Bless Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir on her nomination of LifeChanger Of The Year.???

Allen D. Taste, Jr. Posted 3 months ago

I could go on all day about how Ms. Smalls help me change my life. During my eight grade English one class, she help me develop a deeper love for reading, writing, and speaking. She exhibited an aura that lit up any room she walked in, that’s how she caught my attention. She always reminded us of how smart and beautiful we were, and how she knew we were going to be change agents. She fostered a group of students that are tackling this world today as leaders. She was one of the many teachers who inspired me to be a Middle School English Teacher. Ms. Smalls is a gem unlike many. One of the best actually.

Lonard Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a passionate teacher who genuinely cares for her students. She enjoys helping her students reach their full potential, encouraging them to believe in themselves when they would want to give up. Thank you Dr. Smalls-Muir for believing in your students and pushing them for "Greater".

Keyausha Posted 3 months ago

Great teacher, very helpful and kind.

Raishelle Davis-Williams Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is an exceptional educator. She believes in the abilities of her students and pushes them to excel in and out of the classroom. Dr. Muir made a huge impact in my daughter’s life specifically. She coached my daughter to win a State Title in Public Speaking. She spent countless hours of her personal time to ensure my daughter was prepared. She’s an iconic pillar in the classroom and in the community. I can’t think of a more deserving person of this honor. Thank you Dr. Smalls-Muir for all you have done and continue to do for our children.

Tysheya fuller Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls is a very helpful, kind and humble person. As one of my role models inspired me to give my life to the lord and her love for writing encourage me to become to a better writer in the 6th grade.

RymonDePharum AKA REV Posted 3 months ago

Very nice. I was one of her first students she taught when she first started. She kept me from out of trouble and took time to work with me so I can proudly say Smalls loves her students as well as her job. Very caring lady

Amaia Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Muir was my English teacher in middle school .. she’s a very sweet , passionate lady. If you need and she had it she’ll definitely give her last . Her kids were like her children until she finally had her own. She was a big help in my life and I truly appreciate her and love her so much.

Ah'Zaria Shaw Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls has helped me get better in English she loves what she does, shes a great teacher if you cant understand she will help you get through it, shes a very good teacher.

Lily Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations! :)

Timyra Shaw Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Smalls-Muir is by far one of the best teachers I've ever had. She is very dedicated to teaching. Her bright smile lights up the room. She makes English 1 easy to learn and understand. You can always count on her to do right. She's nice to everyone, and has great values.

Charles muncy Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.smalls is a very kind and encouraging teacher.

Alisia Sheppard Posted 3 months ago

I love you Mrs. Smalls.

Brent Snell Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls Muir is an awesome teacher and person. She has change my life with her terrific teaching skills. She deserves this award 100%.

Jaymell Johnson Posted 3 months ago

Ms.smalls is a great teacher not only does she teach, but she also mentors. She loves to see all her students even the nonchalant ones succeed in life. I profoundly know that she would be great for this award because she personally changed my outlook on teachers; I use to believe that teachers were just there for a check but she showed me along with my classmates what a great teacher was.

Brianna Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is so much more than a teacher. She has proven time and time again that she is a mentor, confidante, and an overall loving and caring individual. She has not only helped me develop a desire to reach my full academic potential but she has also helped a great many of students do the same. I am proud to be a former student of hers and even more proud to see that her hard work and dedication to her students did not go unnoticed.

Briana Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls has a personality that will brighten a room and a heart that will brighten a soul. She will help you to the best of her abilities. You wouldn’t be able to find another person that can represent this award like she will.

Tamera Rhodes Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls is a wonderful person inside and out. I love her personality and most of all I loved her as a teacher. She is an awesome role model to everyone that comes in contact with her. Everything she taught me has followed me even until this day. Thank you for being one of the best teachers I’ve had throughout my education journey.

Charity G. Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a phenomenal person! She taught me English in 8th grade but she was more than a teacher. She’s a mentor, a mother-like figure, and a shoulder to count on. I will never forget her inspirational quote “a humble child tastes grace”.

Lucretia Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls is so very kind, respectful and go above and beyond to help out anyone.

Wayne Darien Posted 3 months ago

I have had the opportunity of working with Dr. Smalls-Muir and she is a dedicated and talented educator. She has a passion for working with students to help them to develop into productive life long learners of society. She is truly a team player and gives her all in making sure that students learn and excel.

YaHaira (Jai) Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Smalls was my 8th grade English honors teacher & she was the best! She mentored my friends & I and made sure we wrote every night & read it back to her in the mornings! Ms. Smalls was a great person to confide into more like a mom instead of teacher!

LeRone Smalls Posted 3 months ago

I am so proud of Dr. Smalls-Muir! The LifeChanger award is so deserving of her dedication and commitment towards her students, school, and community. Also, this award will be the perfect positive affirmation for Dr. Smalls-Muir's school district to share in recognition with one of its most distinguished teachers. Shanika has proudly risen to the challenge of providing world class education to one of South Carolina's once flourishing communities, which is a testament to her strong character. The copious accomplishments of the children that have passed through her classroom is a testament to how one teacher's willpower can have a significant impact on a community and further more nation. Her work and commitment to it is truly life changing.

Jay Scott Posted 3 months ago

Where do I start? This woman is absolutely phenomenal and an even greater educator. I am blessed; the world is blessed and a better place because of her efficacy. I am grateful to know her, to have been touched by her. She has not only changed my life, but she has changed generations of students who will change generations of others. You get the cycle? Every school year this amazing teacher has had a 100 percent passing rate on her End of Course tests in ELA for the State of SC. All of her students have passed these tests every year in a high poverty area, where students are often overlooked. They have received hundreds of writing awards as well throughout her years of teaching, winning at the local, state, and national level. Her skills are unmatchable. If anyone deserves this award it is she, Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir. -Jay Scott

Darrone Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.smalls is a very devoted teacher. She has made my eighth grade year special.She helped me build life Long skills, I appreciate her

Ah'Jaylin Rivers Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Smalls Is the best teacher ever.She makes every lesson we have fun, and she also makes every novel we read the best ever. I hope we have more fun things to do with Mrs.Smalls in the future.

Sarah Funderburg Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls is a very good and helping person. Mrs. Smalls help children who need help on homework. Mrs. Smalls is the most kindest and most hard working teacher.

Nyahna Bookhart Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls is a very nice, sweet, and loving person. She always helps people when they need it, Mrs.Smalls treats everyone with respect.

John Mack Posted 3 months ago

What an exceptional educator. She is always so professional and her focus is on the students at all times. I guess that is why she has some of the highest state test scores in the entire state of SC.

Marcel Mantle Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls Muir is a great teacher she accessible, enthusiastic and caring.

luke scott Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir you are the best teacher also she is a awesome person and teacher. She has changed my whole life. She deserves this award.

Latrevia Posted 3 months ago

She is a loving and caring person! She connects with her students and guides them to make good decisions and choices in life.

Iyannia Fuller Posted 3 months ago

Ms Smalls (as she was when I sat in her desk almost 10 years ago) motivated me to start writing. Through this writing I was able to express emotions I never considered possible and she empathized with me and truly gave me a place of comfort in her classroom. It is because of her that I am one month away from my Bachelors degree! She should be life changer of the decade

Ke’Mya Sutton Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a wonderful teacher. All three years of having her as my English teacher has really helped me enhance my writing. She was also a mentor for me. I could always come to her for guidance & she always made sure I stayed on track because she believed that I had a bright future. Thank you for all you’ve done & for all the students you continue to inspire!

Clara Garner Aiken Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir is a patient, helpful, and professional educator. She has an impeccable character as well as determination to be the best person she can be for her students and staff. Those who know her can attest to her character. Personally she is my hero!

Trevon Rodney Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls- Muir is an awesome person and teacher. She has helped grow over the year by reading for homework. She deserves this award.

Zyveon Murph Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is an awesome person and teacher. She has changed my whole life. I think she deserve this awesome award because she care about people and she always have a smile on her face that makes me happy when i'm down.

Jamiracle Hampton Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.smalls is the most general and kindest teacher i know. She has made me become more interested in reading

Tawana S Haynes Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls- Muir is an awesome person inside and outside. She is loving, caring and understanding. She is an awesome teacher and she really cares about her students and it shows. Long before I met her I heard about her and that speaks volume about her. She is truly "A Life Changer".

Deijanae Taylor Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shanika Smalls-Muir is an awesome person and teacher. She deserves this award.

M Smalls Posted 3 months ago

Great teacher

Axel Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls has helped me so much through out the years. She has helped me become a helpful and humble person and for that I will be forever grateful.

Ximena Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls has been my teacher in 8th grade. She’s been a helpful and kind person throughout my last school year in Elloree Elementary School.

Raven Williams Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls is a very good and helping person.She makes sure everyone is happy and she always keep it positive.

Ximena Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls has been my teacher in 8th grade. She’s been a helpful and kind person throughout my last school year in Elloree Elementary School.

Axel Posted 3 months ago

Mrs.Smalls has helped me so much through out the years. She has helped me become a helpful and humble person and for that I will be forever grateful.

Tamara Smalls Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Smalls-Muir is a perfect example of patience, fortitude, and absolute dedication. I've had the opportunity to witness her upbeat, yet calm personality and infectious smile beyond the classroom, and have seen the positive impact she's had on her students inside the classroom. No one does it like her! Her enthusiasm for her students and providing them with an excellent education is demonstrated in their positive response to both her style, and her commitment to perfecting the craft of teaching. Any student of Dr. Smalls-Muir is blessed by her exemplary heart and values, and we need more educators like her who go the extra mile in educating our future leaders of tomorrow.

Makayla Hilliard Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir is such an amazing person. She’s been there for me through it all, not only as a teacher but as a best friend . She helped me through a lot and taught me some of the most important things . If you saw her , then you would most likely be seeing me too. Her students were like her shadows cause we loved being around her! Mrs.Smalls is such an inspirational person ! You will instantly get along with her and love her unconditionally. 6th grade year was our first time meeting, and i thought her class would’ve been boring. That was a fib because some where down the line we created an unbreakable bond . Mrs.Smalls allowed us to experience what teaching was like and she taught us college level things ! She helped brought the good out of us and showed us how to be a lady. I believe Mrs.Smalls should receive this award!!!

Tyler Summers Posted 3 months ago

She is the most kindest and most hard working teacher that I know

evelyn Posted 3 months ago

Shanika Smalls-Muir is one of the best people who i have meant before. She helped me go through a lot of stuff even if she didn’t realize it. She was always positive; she always made sure that everyone was okay. She is an amazing teacher; many people pass because of her.

Lalia Posted 3 months ago

Dr.Smalls-Muir is a wonderful person inside and outside the classroom. With the help of Dr.Smalls-Muir I am always complemented on how wonderful my writings are. She is the type of mentor who always install you with confidence and never want you to doubt yourself. Dr.Smalls-Muir is the type of teacher every student should learn from.

Kimberly Hart Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls is the best teacher I’ve ever had. She taught me mainly everything I know now in English. She is most definitely an amazing person, and she will always be my favorite teacher.

Sarah Brown Posted 3 months ago

She is an amazing teacher. Throughout 6th-8th she taught me new techniques for writing. She taught she how to write my SAT paper. How to write an Essay. She taught me new words I can use to make my writing seem more intelligent and vibrant. She has skills I think most English teachers lack. She's hands on and is always nice whenever you have a question. She never makes you feel dumb. I loved her as a teacher and a peer I can talk to.

Geraldine Abraham Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Shania Small-Muir is indeed a "LIFE CHANGER" in her work as a teacher. She motivates, inspire and challenges students to explore "life's unknowns." Dr. Small-Muir teaching strategies and techniques excels the norm which is evident in her students' measurements of academic performance. As a colleague in education, it is my honor and privilege in nominating Dr. Small-Muir as "LIFECHANGER OF YEAR".

Destiny Brown Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir is an amazing teacher. She is always there for her students no matter what the case may be. She is one of the most professional teachers I’ve ever met. Not only is she an amazing teacher in school, she is an even better person outside of school. My sixth grade year was one of the most inspiring years for me. She made me realize what an amazing writer I could become with just the right amount of support. Since being in her class I have written two novels and I am currently writing my third. She is a teacher, a friend, a mother, a guidance counselor, and most importantly a safe space. She is the reason I will one day become a famous writer. There is no one more deserving of this award than her.

De’Nasia Cokley Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations!!!

Makayla Hilliard Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Smalls-Muir is such an amazing person. She’s been there for me through it all, not only as a teacher but as a best friend . She helped me through a lot and taught me some of the most important things . If you saw her , then you would most likely be seeing me too. Her students were like her shadows cause we loved being around her! Mrs.Smalls is such an inspirational person ! You will instantly get along with her and love her unconditionally. 6th grade year was our first time meeting, and i thought her class would’ve been boring. That was a fib because some where down the line we created an unbreakable bond . Mrs.Smalls allowed us to experience what teaching was like and she taught us college level things ! She helped brought the good out of us and showed us how to be a lady. I believe Mrs.Smalls should receive this award!!!

Flerida Cruz Posted 3 months ago

I voted for her. She is very dedicated, talented and generous. She would never hesitate to render a help to anyone and give her time, knowledge and wisdom to whoever needed the most. Please count my vote for her. I believe in her capability to multi task job. Not just an excelent teacher but She could be a famous writer and author one day.

Nyasia Bailey Posted 3 months ago

I nominate Dr. Shanika Smalls Muir , Because she is a wonderful person she loving , caring , she have a positive mindset she thinks about others she a amazing person she had teach me everything .