Teacher of the Year

2021-2022 Teacher of the Year Andrea Derrick


Mrs. Andrea Derrick serves as a teacher at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School where she specializes in the subjects of math, science and social studies. The 2021-2022 school year marks her 28th year in education, with 14 of those years having been spent in Lexington School District Three as an eighth grade teacher, Digital Coach and now as a fourth grade teacher. On Thursday, October 7th, Mrs. Derrick was named as the 2021-2022 Lexington County School District Three Teacher of the Year during a special banquet held at Southern Occasions in the historic Batesburg district. This is Mrs. Derrick’s second time winning the Lexington Three Teacher of the Year title. During the 2007-2008 school year, Mrs. Derrick served as the Teacher of the Year for Batesburg-Leesville Middle School and went on to be named the overall district Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Derrick earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a core concentration in Science in 1993. She has also completed her Bachelor’s Plus 18 certification by taking classes at the College of Charleston, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University. Mrs. Derrick holds certifications in early childhood, elementary education, middle school math, middle school science, biology and gifted education.

Mrs. Derrick is married to Clay Derrick and has one daughter, Jill, and a son-in-law, Cole. She also has two furry children (Bailey and Callie) that are of the Catahoula dog breed. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, playing with her dogs, camping, exercising, and cheering on the USC Gamecocks and Batesburg-Leesville Panthers.

Mrs. Derrick will represent Lexington County School District Three in the South Carolina Teacher of the Year competition.

On Being Selected As Teacher of the Year:

“After serving in an instructional support capacity for four years, I know the caliber and quality of teachers who walk through the front doors of BLES each day. Like teachers across our district, they are fully invested in loving, supporting and preparing our students for the future with a passion that is unrivaled. Being selected to serve as TOY by a group of people that I so greatly admire is very humbling, but also a treasured honor.”