Northwestern alumna earns teaching honors

Northwestern College alumna Mary-Celeste (Korte ’05) Schreuder was recently named the Upper School Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA).

Schreuder, who teaches high school English at Anderson Christian School in Anderson, S.C., was among 3,000 teachers across the state nominated for the SCISA honor.

Schreuder was voted Anderson Christian’s Teacher of the Year by her colleagues. To be named SCISA Teacher of the Year, Schreuder was then required to write an essay, fill out paperwork on her teaching experiences and accomplishments, and secure a letter of recommendation from her school’s principal. After being notified of her position as a finalist, Schreuder completed an in-person interview.

At the SCISA awards banquet in April, Schreuder was awarded a plaque, a gold ring and a check for $500.

“Looking back at my teaching career, I stand amazed at the utter failures and amazing triumphs I have experienced,” says Schreuder. “Yet the essence of teaching (to inspire, love, heal and serve) has never left the core of my heart and has guided me well through many years. To touch the mind and soul of another human is the greatest of all privileges.”

The SCISA is a nonprofit organization comprised of independent schools that are responsible for establishing accreditation standards, coordinating athletic and academic competition, and raising funds for member organizations in South Carolina.