Herlong Ford in Edgefield, SC is an active member of the CSRA and serves the community by donating to local charities of many kinds as well as an ongoing partnership with the Edgefield County Board of Education for their Teacher of the Year Program.

This year’s Teacher of the Year for Edgefield County is Tyra B. Miller.  She is a resident of Edgefield County and a 4th Grade teacher at Johnston Elementary.  Ms. Miller has been teaching for 14 years and has spent the past 2 in her current role at Johnston Elementary.

“Although I always dreamed of being a teacher, teaching is a second career for me.  After the birth of my son, I realized I wanted more than ever to make a difference in the world.  I want my life to matter and what better way is there to make a difference than having a positive impact on the children we encounter?  I decided that if I could encourage, support and inspire children to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams then I will have served a noble purpose”, Ms. Miller writes.  She goes on to state, “The rewards for me come when a child develops a passion and excitement for learning.  My rewards are graduation invitations, text message updates, phone calls, visits, etc. from former students sharing their lives with me and showing me, I made a difference.  My reward is having former students show up at my son’s high school baseball game to support and cheer him on the way I once did them.  My rewards from teaching are priceless and endless.”

The Herlong Family has been selling and servicing vehicles since 1933 and owned by Joe Ben Herlong, of Johnston, SC.  The General Manager, Melanie Neal Welch, was delighted when a representative with the Edgefield County School District called and asked if Herlong Ford would continue their support of the Teacher of the Year program for the 2017-2018 school year.  “Awarding a vehicle to the Edgefield County Teacher of the Year is an honor and a partnership we proudly want to continue.  Our teachers are one of our most valuable assets who shape our children to become the leaders of tomorrow”.   “We appreciate each and every educator in the CSRA”.

The partnership began as a handshake agreement some time ago between Mr. Joe Ben Herlong, owner of Herlong Ford and Mr. Greg Anderson, former Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools.  The tradition continues today and will continue for years to come.

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