BMW Manufacturing presents keys to a 2010 BMW X6 to Greenville County Spanish Teacher
State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex announced Wednesday evening at a privately funded celebration, that Kelly Nalley, a Spanish teacher at Fork Shoals School in Greenville County, was named South Carolina Teacher of the Year. As part of the celebration, BMW Manufacturing, the event’s premier sponsor, handed Mrs. Nalley the keys to a 2010 Alpine White BMW X6 x Drive35i.
“Kelly is a consummate overachiever – responsible, disciplined and driven to succeed,” Rex said. “She goes beyond what is expected, always seeking ways to improve her students’ educational experiences and always searching for ways to connect with them on a personal level. She’ll make an excellent ambassador for our state and a great representative to the national program.”
Kelly Nalley was very excited to receive the keys to a South Carolina-made BMW X6. As she stood by the vehicle, Mrs. Nalley thanked BMW for their continued support of the program and remarked, “Being from Greenville, there’s a BMW on every corner. We see their impact and they are very supportive of education across the state. We’re very thankful to have them here.”
“BMW is proud to have been a sponsor of this program for over 10 years. At BMW, we are motivated by our shared commitment to performance, passion and pride. It occurs to me that teachers all across this state, even during these tough budget discussions, are driven by those same commitments – continued performance and a deep passion and pride for the students they are teaching,” said BMW spokesperson Max Metcalf.
Nalley will represent South Carolina’s 50,000 teachers as State Teacher of the Year for the 2010-11 school year, participating in a yearlong residency at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. She receives a $25,000 cash award, a Dell laptop computer, a set of Michelin tires, a ring from Jostens and the BMW X6 Sports Activity Vehicle to use for a year. In addition, she will participate in Leadership South Carolina, attend Notre Dame’s prestigious three-day Excellence in Teaching Symposium and receive a SMART board.
The four other finalists: Melody Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher at Lugoff Elementary School (Kershaw County). Julia Goodman Marshall, a fifth-grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary School (Rock Hill District 3), Samantha Maddox, an English/language arts teacher at Spartanburg High School (Spartanburg District 7), Olivia “Libby” Ortmann, a six-eighth-grade teacher at Alice Drive Middle School (Sumter District 17), each receive $10,000, a Dell computer, a set of Michelin tires and a Jostens ring. Each district teacher receives $1,000, and all district nominees received various gifts donated by corporate sponsors.
BMW Manufacturing Co. was the premier sponsor for the Teacher of the Year program. Other supporting sponsors include Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co., BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, The R.L. Bryan Co, Time Warner Cable, SCETV, Data Recognition Corporation, Bojangles’, Michelin North America, Inc., PITSCO, SMARTer Kids Foundation, Duff, White & Turner, L.L.C., Jostens, Childs & Halligan P.A, Leadership South Carolina, The South Carolina Education Association, BB&T, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Hilton Columbia Convention Center, Blue Bell Creameries, The Honorable Hugh Leatherman, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Notre Dame Club of The Western Carolinas, The Honorable Bobby Harrell, The Honorable Daniel Cooper, The Honorable John C. Land, Palmetto State Teachers Association, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, McNair Law Firm, Belk and Security Federal.
Kelly Nalley succeeds Bryan Coburn, a pre-engineering, computer programming and business teacher at Northwestern High School in York School District 3.
BMW Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany and is the global producer of the BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California. For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.
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