Kate Clark — a Hilton Head Preparatory School teacher — was awarded Educator of the Year by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at its annual ball Saturday.
Clark has been a math teacher at the school for twenty-two years, according to a chamber release.
“It is great that the chamber honors educators who work so hard,” Clark said. “Not all my students go home and say ‘thank you, I love the math you teach me’— But some do go home and say ‘thank you for making me learn.’”
Children in Clark’s class receive individualized homework assignments. Exceptional students receive tailored plans and students who need remediation have additional options to practice problem solving.
“Differentiation is key to Kate’s strength as a teacher,” said Tina Webb-Browning, the school’s principal, according to the release. “She believes that one of her major responsibilities is to challenge each student to achieve the highest potential.”
Clark has held leadership roles in the school’s student council, yearbook and prom committees. She also previously coached junior varsity and varsity volleyball and basketball. She has been named the Rotary Teacher of the Year in 1998, 2008, 2013 and 2017.
▪ Al Stokes — Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award
▪ Tom Reilley — John Curry Tourism Award
▪ Don Ryan Center for Innovation — Bluffton Regional Business Council Member of the Year Award
▪ Aunt Laurie’s — Small Business of the Year
▪ Second Helpings & Palmetto Breeze — Outstanding Organization of the Year Award
▪ Alex Jospeh — Zonta Woman of the Year Award
▪ Emory Campbell — Hilton Head St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal