Myrtle Beach: Teacher of the Month | October 2021 - Myrtle Beach, SC

When Tim Karst graduated from Conway High School and was considering his options, he was certain of three things: 1) he had a passion for football; 2) he enjoyed history and 3) Coastal Carolina University had an outstanding education program.

Combine that trio and his career path became a pretty obvious one. Karst, who grew up in Conway, attended Coastal and earned a degree in education. Upon graduation, he began work as a Horry County teacher and went immediately to work as a coach, a road that led to him being named Rockin’ Jump’s October Teacher of the Month.

“It all fell into place so easily,” Karst said of his interests aligning.

Now an 11th grade history teacher and defensive backs coach at Carolina Forest High School, his experience as a high school athlete continues to help fuel his professional passion.

“I had a great relationship with my high school football coach and wanted to coach immediately after graduating,” Karst said. “Becoming a teacher made the most sense because that would allow me to coach … Being a person that is confided in, sharing laughs, and making lasting connections with kids is the most rewarding part of the job.”

Those connections led to Karst being voted Teacher of the Month, and while his students, who each received 30 minutes of free jump time, were excited, they weren’t the only ones.

“I’ve been to Rockin’ Jump a few times,” Karst said. “It might be my daughters favorite place on earth. We’ve always had a great time when going.”

A father of 12 and 9-year-old daughters, Karst enjoys playing golf, going to the gym, and spending time with his family, including his wife of 13 years, around his backyard fire pit.