All Saints’ Moeckel named SCISA Teacher of the Year
All Saints’ Episcopal Day School teacher Monica Moeckel has been selected as the South Carolina Independent School Association Lower School Teacher of the Year.
“Receiving this award is an extraordinary honor and we could not be more proud of Mrs. Moeckel,”commented Head of School Evan Powell. She is an exemplary teacher and her classroom is a true example of what every early childhood classroom should embody. Mrs. Moeckel is an outstanding representation of the excellent faculty we have at All Saints’.”
During her 20 years of teaching she has taught 4K, 5K, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade and has served as a Literacy Specialist. She was selected as the SCISA Lower School Teacher of the Year out of 136 schools.
Moeckel is the second teacher in four years from All Saints’ to receive this distinguished award.
“Mrs. Moeckel focuses on each child’s individual strengths, recognizes and supports their level of development and learning styles, and truly appreciates the uniqueness of each child’s growth and development,” shared Associate Head of School Ashley Stokes. She creates learning experiences that instill the desire for students to learn, ask questions, and discover the world around them.”
“Teaching is not a career, but a passion of mine, said Moeckel. I show up every day for my students because I want to be there. Even after 20 years, I am constantly learning, growing, and re-evaluating what I do daily.
When I reflect on what teaching means to me in this particular year, in a pandemic, the world flexibility and dedication come to mind. I speak for all teachers, we have been asked to go above and beyond. This year I have been asked to do many things out of my comfort zone. I have risen to the challenge. Teaching means being flexible and dedicated enough to create a nurturing space where children can blossom and flourish despite trying times. No matter what, the heart of this profession will always be the same, to teach and love the children.”
Moeckel holds a bache-lor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a master’s degree in educa-tional technology from Web-ster University. She is certified in early childhood education and has a Reading Specialist and Reading Recovery certification.
She and her husband Doug have two children, Danielle and Matthew at All Saints’.
“All Saints’ is the happi-est place to teach each day. I love working at a school that has an environment where the level of support, dedica-tion, and commitment is unmatched by any other school where I have worked. The overall atmosphere of the school is contagious and I am proud to teach and to be a parent at All Saints’.”