2018-2019 District Teacher of the Year-Lucille Kannick
CATE Teacher at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School
Words from our Teacher of the Year...
My philosophy in teaching simply is that all students can learn, however, not at the same
pace or level. My belief is that teaching is educating one to be productive citizens while
mastering a skill that leads one to become good at what they do. Teaching is helping one to find
his or her niche in life and I believe that is my responsibility to aid the one being taught with this
achievement. I believe teaching a calling, a gift. The same avenue in which a preacher is called
to preach, I believe a good teacher is also a called.
Even though teaching was not my initial career choice, I believe it is my calling. We
may detour or take an alternate route, however, if it is in the Master’s plan it will come to pass. I
may have taken an alternate route, but I have arrived. I do believe that I am educating our
students and changing their mindset. I believe I emulate for my students the positive traits of a
teacher. I hold students accountable for their education as I develop a positive relationship with all
students. I show no partialities.
The rewards in teaching are simply seeing the light bulb come on when a new strategy or
standard been taught, and it is applicable to life and students find the relevancy. My greatest
reward is when a student or a parent share their financial achievement, either spending less
and/or budgeting and saving. The act of them opening an emergency saving account trills me. I
believe if I teach them now, life can be sustainable without financial struggles.
A non-student reward is helping and learning from other teachers. I also believe that
teachers can learn from each other. The sharing of ideas can give a teacher a new outlook on an
My teaching style can best be described as a facilitator or demonstrator that incorporates
a diversity of teaching methodologies and techniques. I am a strong promoter of hands-on
activities to spike the learning process. Engaging and not entertaining students in well-planned
lessons and using strategies that address the student’s learning style, help with increase
achievement and boost the student’s willingness to be more engaged in the learning process,
especially when it is applicable to life and they find relevancy.
My responsibility as a teacher is to instill within my students a passion for learning, to
think outside the box, open their minds as critical thinkers, while providing them with a positive
and safe environment to express and engage themselves with the tools to achieve their lofty