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South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Since 1999, BMW Manufacturing has been a sponsor of the annual South Carolina Teacher of the Year gala. The event is a testament to the daily dedication and commitment of South Carolina’s educators. Congratulations to 2024 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, Renee Atkinson, an AP English teacher at Aynor High School from Horry County Schools. 

As part of the celebration, BMW Manufacturing, the program’s premier sponsor, handed Atkinson the keys to a 2024 BMW X5 sDrive40i. The Skyscraper Gray Metallic BMW X5 has Black Sensafin Upholstery with the 20-inch V-spoke wheels. It includes the BMW Curved Display with configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.9-inch central information display. Atkinson will drive the X5 during her year-long sabbatical from the classroom as South Carolina’s public education ambassador. 

Along with the use of a BMW X5 sDrive40i for one year, Atkinson receives a $25,000 cash award, a set of Micheln tires, a Bojangles $2,000 award, an exclusive Jostens Teacher of the Year ring, and complimentary admission to participate in Leadership South Carolina. She will officially serve as the state spokeperson for over 50,000 educators.