Mitchell Elementary’s Mia Pace Named 2017 CCSD Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release Contact:
May 5, 2017
 Erica Taylor 843-937-6303
 Media Advisory

 Mitchell Elementary’s Mia Pace Named 2017 CCSD Teacher of the Year Charleston, SC

The theme for Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Teacher of the Year Celebration was “Stars of the Lowcountry,” and the star of CCSD that shined the brightest was Julian Mitchell Elementary School of Math and Science’s Mia Pace. The computer lab instructor was named the 2017 CCSD Teacher of the Year in front of hundreds of her colleagues, the CCSD Board of Trustees, district partners, and sponsors. “It’s absolutely an honor,” exclaimed Pace. “To me, it’s a huge responsibility. I think that the most important part is to make sure that everybody understands that we are all great teachers. There are a lot of teachers that are phenomenal. There were a lot of teachers that weren’t here that are phenomenal. Even though we recognized some and not all of them, they are all hard-working individuals who are dedicated to their students every day. That’s the most important thing we can say about the teachers in our district.”
Pace has been with CCSD for five years, and instructs all levels at Mitchell Elementary, from Child Development (CD) to fifth grade. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Chowan University and earned a Master’s in Education at Troy University.
The moment was extremely special for Mitchell Elementary Principal Debbie Smith. She was a top-five CCSD Teacher of the Year in the late 1990s. “I am so thrilled for CCSD as Mia Pace will be the face to represent all the teachers in the district,” Smith said. “From the AP history teacher at Academic Magnet, to the middle school science teacher at Morningside, to the CD teacher out in Hollywood, Mia represents how hard they all work every day. I know this is an honor she shares with them all.”
One of the benefits of being CCSD Teacher of the Year is a one-year lease to drive a MINI Cooper. Pace follows 2016 honoree, Corday Borders of Belle Hall Elementary, on the prestigious list of CCSD Teachers of the Year.
Pace and the rest of the five finalists were selected through a multi-step process that began with a review of their applications by the outgoing Teacher of the Year Roundtable. Once the finalists were chosen, the five teachers each gave a tour of their school to a panel of judges, provided a model lesson to be critiqued, and went through a thorough interview.
The other finalists for 2017 CCSD Teacher of the Year were Barbara C. Allen (Mount Pleasant Academy), Elizabeth O’Brien (Laurel Hill Primary), Eric Stallings (Baptist Hill Middle High), and Glenn Tollevsen, Jr. (Stono Park Elementary).
 Pace will be honored at the RiverDogs’ Educator Night on May 25, 2017 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. At the game, she will take a ride in her MINI Cooper and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. For more information about the Teacher of the Year honor, contact the Office of Strategy and Communication at (843) 937-6303.