Irmo, SC 10/19/2021 - Harbison West Elementary's Joanna Neal and 5th grader Laken Williams have been named the Irmo Chamber of Commerce's September Teacher and Student of the Month! The school's Principal Randy Norman said, "Joanna Neal is our Teacher of the Year because she goes above and beyond her duties. Mrs. Neal has been teaching for 13 years and I know that I can always count on her for any support I need. She loves our students here at Harbison West Elementary and we are grateful to have her at our school."
In speaking about Laken, Norman said, "Laken is a hard worker inside the classroom and outside the school. She is very empathetic and very respectful and openminded. I cannot think of a student more deserving of this award."
The Irmo Chamber also recognized CrossRoads Intermediate 6th Grader Evelyn Lopez Ochoa and teacher Dawn Oswalt as their October honorees. Principal Dr. Erin Doty said, Evelyn Lopez Ochoa is a hard worker and one of the kindest students that she has ever met. She is always welcoming to other students. She is a student that we expect to see great things from in the future because we already see them in her now.
Doty said, "Mrs. Oswalt is our Teacher of the Year at CrossRoads serving as a behavioral interventionist. Dawn supports teachers by giving them tools to support students with behavior and other needs. She is always willing to meet with a student or teacher who is in need and do what she can to help.