Megan Spires enrolled at the University of South Carolina as a broadcast journalism major, dreaming of being on the news, when a friend from high school asked for help on his Calculus final.

Her friend and fellow Conway High School alum got an A on his exam and changed the trajectory of Spires’ professional career.

“He told me had it not been for my help, he couldn’t have done so well,” Spires said of the feedback she received on her tutoring skills. “He said I was really good at explaining things and made the math easier to understand. It was at that moment I decided I could probably be a good math teacher, and that I would rather work math problems than write papers for the rest of my time in college!”

Spires changed majors, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree and later her Masters in Teaching from South Carolina.

Now a math teacher at Carolina Forest High School, Spires was named Rockin’ Jump’s Teacher of the Month in November, but it’s hardly her only award. Now in her 14th year teaching, Spires teaches students in grades 9 through 12, and she was named CFHS Teacher of the Year in 2013.

“What I find most rewarding about teaching is when I’m able to convince students that they can be successful in math despite their struggles,” said Spires, who has spent her entire career at Carolina Forest.

When she isn’t busy in the classroom, Spires is a sports fan (one of her two dogs is named Wrigley!) who enjoys reading, knitting and going to the beach.