Boiling Springs High School Teacher
Named SCEA Teacher of the Month


District TOY Earns State Recognition
Hunter Jolley, SCEA Teacher of the Month

COLUMBIA, SC (February 18, 2015) - Hunter Jolley, a Chemistry and Environmental Sciences teacher at Boiling Springs High School in Spartanburg County School District Two, recently was named The South Carolina Education Association's Teacher of the Month for February.

Mr. Jolley received multiple online nominations for the honor. TV commercials on WACH FOX stations across the state during the last two weeks of the month help publicize the recognition.

"Mr. Jolley is always so happy to teach," student Madison Bly wrote on her nomination form. "He's funny, loves his students, and makes sure that they feel safe and secure in class. He treats all his students as if they were his own and makes it fun to be at school."

"He knows different ways of teaching students and has a great personality," student Michael Young wrote.

"The SCEA applauds Mr. Jolley for his efforts to make learning fun for his students," said Bernadette R. Hampton, President of The SCEA. "Teaching the sciences can be challenging, but our Teacher of the Month clearly has captured the imagination of his students. Congratulations to Mr. Jolley."

Mr. Jolley earned his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate. He also holds a Master's degree in Executive Leadership and Administration and is working toward a Doctorate in Educational Leadership Studies from Gardner Webb University.

Mr. Jolley is extremely active in educational leadership both on and off the Boiling Springs campus. In addition to being the District's inaugural Lead Science Instructor, he serves as a board member on the South Carolina Science Council, is an adjunct professor in Elementary Education at USC, is an educational consultant with Gardner Webb, and is editor for the S.C. Smarter Balanced Digital Library. At school, he serves as junior class advisor and prom advisor. In addition, Jolley is the school's Science Benchmark Curator, School RTI Chairperson, Curriculum Team Chairman, and School Advanced Education Evaluation Team Leader.

No stranger to teaching accolades, Mr. Jolley was named Spartanburg County School District Two Teacher of the Year for 2014 and Boiling Springs High School's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Last year, he also was named Alumni of the Year at USC-Upstate.

Mr. Jolley and his wife, Lacey Jolley, have two daughters, Kaylee and Natalie. The family lives in Inman.

If you would like to nominate an outstanding teacher for The SCEA Teacher of the Month, please complete an online nomination form at myteacherrockssc.com.