Teacher of the Year

Spartanburg School District 4 participates in the South Carolina State Department of Education's Teacher of the Year program.  Each year, the district's four schools select a Teacher of the Year.  The district Teacher of the Year is then selected from the schools' Teacher of the Year candidates through an interview process.

guker with students  Guker Named District 4
Teacher of the Year 

Guker Named District 4 Teacher of the Year

Woodruff Middle School math teacher Jami Guker feels a student is most successful when relationships are a priority. Guker, who has been teaching since 2002, has always worked hard to form relationships with her students, their families, and the community. In her classroom, Guker works to make math interesting. She enjoys utilizing real-life examples and can often be seen dancing or singing a song to help students learn math skills. Guker works to motivate students while challenging them to become better mathematical thinkers. Her classroom is where many of the relationships begin. However, this is not where the relationships end! This approach to teaching and interacting with students earned her the honor of being selected the 2021-2022 WMS Teacher of the Year and the 2021-2022 Spartanburg 4 District Teacher of the Year.

Guker connects with her students outside of the classroom by cheering them on as they participate in sports at WMS She remains connected with her students after they leave her classroom by supporting them at their games at WHS as well. She enjoys connecting with students and community members by helping with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at WMS and volunteering as a FCA coach at WMS and WHS. As a FCA coach, she does weekly devotions with the WMS girls’ basketball team, WHS JV softball team, and the WHS varsity softball team.  She enjoys being involved in her students’ lives in and out of the classroom

Guker is also able to form relationships with students, families, and the community through her role as Youth Leader at Bellview Baptist Church. She feels being an educator and a youth leader offer her more opportunities to build connections with students as well as other young members of the Woodruff community. You can find her at McKinney Park during the summer where she organizes a program for the youth in the community offering food, fun, fellowship, and a devotion. She uses this opportunity to involve community members and other District 4 staff to provide an opportunity for youth to have a fun, safe place to connect and interact with positive role models in the communityYou can also find Guker helping with Hoops for Christ, a basketball program for first graders through sixth graders in the Woodruff Community. She is able to form relationships with many students years before they enter her classroom by being involved in this program.

When asked about her greatest accomplishment in education Guker said, “As an educator, I feel most accomplished when the student-teacher relationships formed in seventh grade last a lifetime. I have students come back and ask for help with their math as eighth graders, high school students, and even college students. I feel I have made a huge impact on my students if I continue to be part of their high school years and their adult life.” Guker loves to keep in contact with her students and watch as they mature into responsible adults. 

According to Guker, teaching was not her initial plan, but teaching was God’s plan for her life. She states, “I am so glad that God chose me to be a teacher! I am blessed to be a part of this amazing community and I pray God will continue to use me to be a blessing to others.”  She feels that connecting with students is her true calling in life.