PEP invests in the supports that help first-year teachers remain in teaching. As part of that investment, we recognize the role quality mentoring plays in the success of early career teachers. 

Through our collaboration with Greenville County Schools, we are able to customize our support for first-year teachers to make sure we are meeting their needs each year.  

Public Education Partners supports first-year teachers in the following ways:

  • Appreciations:  Sending messages of appreciation and community care to first-year teachers throughout the school year. Our appreciation begins by warmly welcoming new teachers abroad in August at our district’s induction teacher institute. 
  • Professional Learning: Providing meaningful opportunities to help early career teachers grow and thrive in the early years of teaching.  
  • Networking social: Bringing early career teachers together to engage socially with one another.  
  • Awards & Recognition: Celebrating the successes of first-year teachers and Mentor teachers in Greenville County Schools. PEP was proud to help launch the First-Class Teacher Award and First-Class Mentor Award in Greenville County Schools. Each year, we provide a stipend and a trophy of appreciation to outstanding induction teachers and their mentors representing elementary, middle, and high school levels.  



The First-Class Teacher Award seeks to recognize outstanding first-year teachers in Greenville County Schools who have a passion for teaching, a commitment to developing their students, and a willingness to grow in the profession. In partnership with Greenville County Schools, Public Education Partners sponsors this award which honors four first-year teachers (elementary, middle, high school and special centers) and presents them with a trophy and a $100 monetary award.

We were pleased to honor our 2022 first-year teacher recipients.

Gina Selvaggi, Greenbrier Elementary, First Grade

Emilee Osmer, Ralph Chandler Middle, Mathematics

Harrison Thornton, Travelers Rest High, Band

Caroline Grose, Washington Center, Special Education

We were also pleased to honor our 2022 mentor recipients.

Mary Margaret Robertson, Augusta Circle Elementary, Fifth Grade

Tamara Uria, Greenville Middle Academy, ESOL

Rhianon Andry, Blue Ridge High, Science

Greenville alternative teacher education program (GATE)

In 2016, Public Education Partners invested in the GATE program as an innovative solution to ensure that Greenville County Schools had the high quality teachers it needed, especially in the “hard to fill” STEM areas of Mathematics and Science. 

The GATE program is currently thriving and has grown to 7 cohorts and 164 teachers in 65 schools.

Public Education Partners is proud to support teacher recruitment and retention in GCS through the GATE program in the following areas: 

    • Cohort-building & thought-partnership 
    • Summer Institute and seminar participation  
    • Teacher celebrations & recognitions
    • Program recruitment & promotion

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