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 2020-2021 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, Sarah Gams, an English teacher at Spring Hill High School. 

Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education, and educators from Lexington-Richland School District Five surprised this year‘s recipient by showing up at her home. As part of the surprise celebration, BMW Manufacturing, the program’s premier sponsor, handed Gams the keys to a 2020 BMW X5 xDrive40i. The Mineral White Metallic BMW X5 has the Coffee Extended Merino Leather luxury seating package, M Sport Package, Premium Package and 22-inch M double-spoke bi-color wheels. Gams 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 for the year, the winner receives a total of $25,000 and serves for one year as a roving ambassador providing mentoring, attending speaking engagements, working with teacher cadets and teaching fellows, leading the State Teacher Forum, and serving as the state spokesperson for over 50,000 educators.