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April Purser: 2016-2017 SCPCSD Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2017

Taylor Fulcher, Director of Communications

Kevin Mason, Director of Communications
High Point Academy

High Point Academy Celebrates SC Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year

Spartanburg, South Carolina – A High Point Academy English teacher has been named The South Carolina Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year.  Elliot Smalley, SCPCSD Superintendent, announced April Purser as the 2016-2017 winner. Ms. Purser, is an English Language Arts teacher with 14 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education, Gifted and Talented, middle-level English Language Arts and virtual education.

“April is an example of what excellent teaching, high expectations for all students, and classroom innovation looks like in our district,” said Smalley. “We know that her high standards and growth mindset can inspire other educators to make urgent, meaningful strides towards our end goal— providing every student with the kind of awesome education that prepares her to succeed in college and in life. We’re proud to have her represent us as District Teacher of the Year, and we look forward to seeing more of her success in the coming years.”

Mrs. Purser was chosen after a rigorous process, consisting of three rounds of application evaluations from internal and external stakeholders, a classroom observation, and a final in-person interview. Mrs. Purser was quoted in her application saying, “I would have to say that even more than my high-test scores and successful teaching methods, I consider one of my greatest contributions and accomplishments in teaching, is being able to show compassion and heart in my daily life as a teacher.”

“We are extremely proud of Mrs. Purser and the work she does for High Point Academy and her students,” said Christy Junkins, HPA Superintendent. “Mrs. Purser exemplifies what it means to be a great, inspiring teacher. She provides support and encouragement while challenging her students to think beyond their textbook. High Point is not only lucky to have her, we are truly honored.”