When Shannon Jesequel won Conway Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year award this past fall, she said she had wanted to make a name for herself at the school.
She succeeded in doing just that, by going on to be named the Horry County School District’s 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year on April 30.
“Oh my gosh, I was shocked. I was overwhelmed, and I was really thankful my mom encouraged me to write a speech. I wasn’t going to, I thought, ‘What are the chances?’ There are so many other teachers that are so deserving,” Jesequel said. “It was such a humbling experience and such an honor, since I’ve only been in HCS for two years. Being able to represent over 3000 teachers is such an immense responsibility.”
Jesequel teaches all subjects in 5th grade. She also coaches one of the Young Engineers Robotics Teams.
Previously she spent six years teaching in Wake County, N.C. Jesequel originally grew up in New Jersey and went to school at Kean University there.
“I’ve always known I was going to be a teacher. I believe every child deserves an advocate to fight for them and give them the best education they deserve,” Jesequel said last fall. “I want to make school feel safe. I always had really loving, nurturing teachers who made school feel like home.”
She won Teacher of the Year in 2015 in N.C., but said it means even more to her here.
“It means so much more here because I was able to have people see my passion for teaching in such a short amount of time,” Jesequel said.
CES principal Maquitta Davis said she was thrilled.
“I am … thankful and truly blessed to see this distinguished honor bestowed upon Ms. Jesequel and her students. She and her students are amazing!” Davis said. “Ms. Jesequel walks in her purpose and her ‘why’ when she enters the doors of CES and provides love, compassion, and enthusiasm to our school each day. The Conway Elementary Family is so happy and proud to be ‘the greatest school on the planet’ with the greatest students, staff, parents, and community.”
When she isn’t in the classroom, Jesequel enjoys traveling to the mountains and hiking, including a recent memorable three-day hike on the Appalachian Trail.
She said her favorite thing about teaching is building a rapport with students.
“To make a non-learner feel successful can facilitate a relationship and a bond – they will go above and beyond. It’s about the relationships you build with the students,” Jesequel said.