Trident Academy Teacher Kathleen Loveland has received one of the highest teaching designations in the state – South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) Master Teacher.
Each year, SCISA designates up to 12 teachers as Master Teacher. Candidates must have a minimum of five years in the classroom, among other criteria set by SCISA.
“What I love most about teaching is watching a student grasp a challenging concept in an area of struggle,” explains Mrs. Loveland, a third grade teacher in The School for Language-Based Learning Differences. “The look of happiness on a child’s face when he or she accomplishes a difficult task independently makes me feel that my job as a teacher is invaluable.”
Since the program’s inception in 2005, four other Trident Academy teachers have earned the designation. According to SCISA, Master Teachers willingly invest time and energy, motivate students toward goals, offer personal attention and demonstrate by being a role model.
Mrs. Loveland says, “I enjoy sharing with other teachers what has worked in my classroom and listening to others share their ideas. As a Lower School team at Trident Academy, we brainstorm creative ideas that involve teaching concepts and figure out new and inventive ways to motivate students to learn. Having parents and members of the community share their areas of expertise also enhances classroom learning.”
Mrs. Loveland’s favorite unit to teach each year is a science unit of study about plant and animal habitats. The unit includes field trips outdoors (the Charleston area is teaming with wildlife) and to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Mrs. Loveland also helps students fundraise to adopt manatees from Florida and learn why manatees travel up to our creeks in Charleston and swim even farther north.