Charter School Educator Named State Teacher of the Year

Charter School Educator Named State Teacher of the Year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 5, 2022) – Deion Jamison, an English teacher at Legacy Early College in Greenville, S.C., has been named the 2023 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. This honor marks the first time in state history a charter school educator has been named State Teacher of the Year.


Jamison makes history not only as the first public charter school educator to be named State Teacher of the Year, but also as the first African American male honoree. He strives to contribute to excellence, collaboration, and diversity in his classroom. “I’m very thankful to my district family and to my Legacy Early College family for the encouragement and words of support that got me to this point,” said Jamison. “Ultimately, I’m excited for the responsibility to share all the great development in the charter school sector and advocate for the 55,000 teachers in South Carolina.”

“The Legacy Family is so proud of Mr. Deion Jamison,” stated LaCheryl Smith, principal of Legacy Early College. “He is a prime example of what happens when passion and hard work comes together. It was an honor to witness his commitment to education be rewarded. This is just the beginning of the ceilings he will continue to shatter, as he advocate for teachers and scholars.”

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced Jamison as the 2023 State Teacher of the Year during the annual gala, hosted by the S.C. Department of Education, on May 4, 2022.

“Deion exhibits the qualities and characteristics that we want to see in every current and future South Carolina educator,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “He is so deserving of this tremendous honor, and I know he will do a fantastic job advocating and representing our over 55,000 teachers this next year.”

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