South Carolina

Christa M. Compton
Richland Northeast High School
7500 Brookfield Road
Columbia, SC 29223

English, 10–12

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Tell us about the teacher who meant the most to you when you were growing up.


Christa M. Compton, 2001
State Teacher of the Year,
South Carolina
Ms. Christa Compton began her teaching career eight years ago in Richland School District Two, where she teaches English at Richland Northeast High School. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia and was a Jefferson Scholar while earning her B.A. in English and Masters in Teaching. As South Carolina Teacher of the Year, Ms. Compton is on a year's leave of absence from the classroom to work with the S.C. Center for Teacher Recruitment and the S.C. Teacher Forum. She speaks to many civic and professional groups, discusses education issues with members of the General Assembly and the State Board of Education, and works to recruit the next generation of South Carolina's teachers. Her mission is to convince people that teaching is not a default career but is instead a vocation for those with keen minds, compassionate hearts, boundless energy, and unlimited patience.  

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