Eriresha Terry-Lewis, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy in Lexington District 2, was recognized Wednesday night for exemplary community service during the annual South Carolina Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.
Terry-Lewis, her district's Teacher of the Year, won the Charles Dickerson Community Service Award. The award honors the late Charles Dickerson, former CEO of The R.L. Bryan Co., and is presented annually to a district Teacher of the Year who exemplifies the true spirit of community service.
Terry-Lewis lost her New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina, but since settling in South Carolina and assisting Habitat for Humanity in constructing her own home, she has made it her life's work to give back to others.
Her award came during ceremonies announcing Greenville teacher Kelly Nalley as S.C. Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.
Nalley, a Spanish teacher at Fork Shoals School, was recognized at a gala at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. She receives a $25,000 cash award, a Dell computer and the use of a BMW X5 Sports Activity vehicle in addition to other prizes.
She will also participate in Leadership South Carolina and attend Notre Dame's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Symposium as part of her award.
Four finalists, including Lugoff Elementary School teacher Melody Johnson, received $10,000 each and other prizes.
- Carolyn Click