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School District Five announces Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year

For Immediate Release – May 29, 2020



School District Five announces Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five announced its new Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year during a Facebook Live May 28 surprise event.


Amy Carter, an English teacher and Teacher Cadets instructor at Chapin High School, was named School District Five’s 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Michelle Eichelberger, a social worker at Irmo Middle, was named Support Employee of the Year.


School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said, “The most valuable resource we have is our people and to me it is so important to celebrate them.  School District Five is great because of the many caring and talented teachers and support staff we have in our schools, and Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Eichelberger represent the best of the best in our district.  We congratulate them, and we thank them for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to School District Five.”


Carter has served at Chapin High School since 2010.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and has a master’s degree in Education Technology Language from the University of South Carolina. 


“It just means the world to me to earn this recognition,” Carter said.  “Teaching truly is a job that is exciting because the students and my colleagues make it that way and I am happy to come to work every day.  I am so proud to be the School District Five Teacher of the Year!”


"I am so excited and could not think of a better person to represent our district! Mrs. Carter is kind, caring, compassionate and she pushes our kids to be their best every day," said Michael Ames, Chapin High principal.



Eichelberger joined School District Five five years ago. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Benedict College and her master’s in social work from Clark Atlanta University. 


“I am really honored to be the district Support Employee of the Year,” Eichelberger said.  “I want to thank my colleagues for this opportunity because without all their support I would not be here.”


Irmo Middle School principal Cassy Paschal said, "Mrs. Eichelberger is an exceptional person and educator. She does not stop. I cannot think of a more deserving person to represent our district. She works tirelessly for all our students, all of our families and staff in School District Five." 


Carter and Eichelberger were chosen by a committee after being named Honor Roll finalists in both categories.  Along with Carter, Courtney Cade from Chapin Middle and Sandi Cole from Spring Hill High were named as Teacher of the Year finalists.  Dina Fradenburg from Ballentine Elementary and Robin Loadholdt from Lake Murray Elementary accompanied Eichelberger as finalists for the district’s Support Employee of the Year.