Emerging Teachers of the Year

March 15th, 2018 by Catherine James

Greenville County Schools and Greenville Federal Credit Union announced the winners of the Greenville County Schools Emerging Teachers of the Year Awards. Jordyn Lyles, a third grade teacher at Bryson Elementary School, was named the Elementary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year, and Elijah Edwards, a culinary arts teacher at Golden Strip Career Center, was named Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year.

The Emerging Teachers of the Year Program, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union, recognizes two second or third year teachers for outstanding performance. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for their school.


Elementary Level
Jordyn Lyles, Third Grade, Bryson Elementary School

Bryson Elementary teacher Jordyn Lyles is constantly seeking ways to improve her already outstanding instruction. As a second year teacher, she worked closely with the instructional coach to analyze her student work and implement strategies to improve instruction. Lyles instills a sense of joy and engagement in her students through the reading and writing process. Her students leave the classroom understanding writing is meaningful. She volunteers to lead professional development sessions, serves on the technology vertical team, and coaches Varsity Cheerleading at her alma mater, Mauldin High School.


Secondary Level
Elijah Edwards, Culinary Arts, Golden Strip Career Center

Chef Edwards, who just completed his second year of teaching at Golden Strip Career Center, has a work ethic that is unstoppable. He prepares lessons and culinary labs while collaborating with his colleagues in the building, the district, and throughout the nation.  Last year, his students placed fifth in the state culinary competition, resulting in over $8,600 in scholarships for his students. He gives students the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills at events such as Artisphere and SkillsUSA. Chef Edwards is dedicated to the success of his students, which is driven by his passion for teaching and the culinary industry.