The Best in the State

August 2014
Photographs by: 
Bobby Altman

Horry County’s former Teacher of the Year wins top award in South Carolina

Jennifer Ainsworth of Socastee High School added an additional award to her trophy case this past spring when she was named the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year for the state of South Carolina. She was the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for Horry County and advanced to the state competition, which was held in April in Columbia.

Ainsworth is the first Horry County teacher who has won the statewide honor. She teaches special needs students at Socastee High School. Also attending the awards ceremony was her student, Savannah Thompson, pictured at right.

In an interview with Ainsworth for Grand Strand Magazine last year, she explained that “They come in at age 14 or 15 and I have these kids until they are 21. They come in as sort of middle-schoolers and leave as adults. To see their changes over six or seven years is just amazing. It’s my passion.”
As the South Carolina Teacher of the Year, Ainsworth received $25,000 and a new BMW to use for one year.