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As Beaufort readies to celebrate his life, exhibits recall Pat Conroy’s teaching life

Tucked inside the lobby of a Beaufort arts venue this month are exhibits offering a window into Pat Conroy’s teaching life. A photo essay of the Beaufort author’s time teaching on Daufuskie Island is on display at USC Beaufort Center for the Arts.
Published in: Island Packet
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District unveils portraits of top employees

The Georgetown County School District honored its top employees for the 2017-18 school year by unveiling their portraits at the School Board meeting on Oct. 3. The three employees who were honored were: Dr. Bethany Giles, principal at Carvers Bay High School, Administrator of the Year; Jennifer Hudson of Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Teacher of the Year; and Darles Camp of Kensington Elementary School, Support Staff of the Year.
Published in: South Strand News
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Southside principal named Florence District One Principal of the Year

Robert Craig Washington, principal of Southside Middle School, was named the Florence District One 2017-18 Principal of the Year on Thursday afternoon. Randy Bridges, District One superintendent, surprised Washington with the news during a school staff meeting at Southside Middle School...Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Charleston Southern University and a master’s degree in secondary school administration from the Citadel.
Published in: SCNow Morning News
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Learning to read, reading to learn

Third grade is a point in school where students go from learning to read, to reading to learn. Superintendents from the four area school districts have joined up with Trident United Way to kick off the Reading by Third initiative, a three-year pilot program designed to raise reading proficiency rates of children by the end of third grade...Delamar is in her eighth year at Oakbrook Elementary. She taught first grade for four years, did interventions for two, and now she is in her sixth year teaching first grade. She has a master’s in literacy education from The Citadel.
Published in: The Summerville Journal Scene
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Andrea Ingle, born and raised in Venezuela, promoted to Interim Assistant Principal

Ms. Ingle moved from Venezuela to the United States in 2005. She studied Spanish Literature and Psychology at the University of South Carolina and proceeded to work as a Spanish Teacher at Beaufort High School. Passionate about her community, education, and Leadership, she decided to work on her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision at the Citadel. After her first internship this past summer, she was offered the opportunity to be an Interim Assistant Principal at River Ridge Academy, a Pre-K to 8th school in Beaufort, South Carolina. Andrea Ingle’s dedication, work ethics, and commitment to Beaufort County School District and its community allowed her to be promoted. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the movies with her family and friends, swimming, exercising, and reading about multicultural education. Andrea Ingle currently resides in Beaufort, SC with her husband Marvin; their two daughters, Josie and Elizabeth; and their two dogs, Bolt and Bambi.

SC African American History Calendar September 2017 Honoree: Myra Singleton Thompson

Charleston native Myra Singleton Quarles Thompson joined Mother Emanuel AME Church as a young child, beginning a lifetime of devotion to the church and its members. Her deep faith and love for the church’s members led her to study to become a minister, and just before her death, her preaching certificate was renewed...One of 16 children, Thompson attended Livingstone College where she was a member of the marching band. She later transferred to Benedict College where she earned a BA degree in English Education and became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She furthered her education at the Citadel Military College of Charleston where she earned the degree of Master of Education in Reading and a second degree of Master of Education in School Counseling.
Published in: The Charleston Chronicle
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Charleston-area hires and promotions

Education - Colleen Knauer has been named principal of Northwoods Middle School in North Charleston. Previously, she was the interim principal. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in mathematics education from The Citadel and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Northeastern University. Cynthia Perez has been named principal of Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant. Previously, she was assistant principal for 14 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia College and a master’s degree in elementary school counseling and administration from The Citadel.
Published in: The Post and Courier
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Charleston-area hires and promotions

Education - Dana Hancock has been named principal of Daniel Jenkins Academy in North Charleston. Previously, she was the interim principal. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and master’s degrees in teaching social studies and educational leadership from The Citadel. Kim Jackson has been named principal of Mount Pleasant Academy. Previously, she was the assistant principal at James B. Edwards Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from South Carolina State University and a master’s degree in elementary education administration from The Citadel. Health care - Dr. James F. Hill III has joined the MUSC Storm Eye Institute as director of primary eye care and low vision services. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Citadel and a degree in optometry from the University of Alabama School of Optometry.
Published in: The Post and Courier
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Darby Brings Hands-on Leadership To North Charleston High School

Veteran school administrator Henry Darby took the helm at beleaguered North Charleston High School in February where six predecessors have tried to change a culture of challenged academic performance...A member of Charleston County Council since 2004, the resident of the Liberty Hill community in North Charleston is the founder of Citizens Patrol Against Drugs (CPAD) in North Charleston. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morris College, a Master of Arts from Atlanta University, and a Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from The Citadel. He brings that hands-on approach to problem solving to his position at North Charleston High also.
Published in: The Charleston Chronicle
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Jane Davis retires after 49 years

Heading off to Columbia College for an education degree is what was expected of "good little Methodist girls" in the late 1960s. And that is exactly what retiring Mount Pleasant Academy (MPA) principal Jane Davis did. It was all thanks to her Latin teacher that she decided early on to go into education. That decision led to a 49-year career in education. "She was just so good," Davis said. "She made everyone feel good and gave them the confidence to achieve." ...She had already earned her Masters in Elementary Education so off she went to The Citadel for a Masters in Administration.
Published in: Moultrie News
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School District names new principals

The Georgetown County School Board approved the hiring of four new principals, and the transfer of a fifth, at its board meeting on June 27. The new hires are: Mack Burgess at McDonald Elementary, Ashley Cameron at Waccamaw Elementary, Maurice Cobb at Kensington Elementary and Kimberly Nesmith at Browns Ferry Elementary. Nesmith takes over for Bethany Giles, who now becomes the principal at Carvers Bay High School. A graduate of South Carolina State, Giles earned master’s degrees from The Citadel and South Carolina. She taught at Rosemary Middle School and was also assistant principal there before becoming principal at Browns Ferry Elementary.
Published in: South Strand News
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Zucker School graduates to lead educational efforts this fall in local districts

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel continues to be a driving force behind the development of the Lowcountry’s educational workforce, steadily producing principled leaders for K-12 classrooms. Among the educators preparing for the August return of students are recent graduates from the school’s master’s degree programs, who were already working in the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester County school districts or who will be.
Published in: The Citadel Newsroom
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Several Education Alumni have earned Leadership Positions throughout the Lowcountry for the 2017-18 School Year

Michelle Conner, Principal, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School
Ryan Cumback, Principal, Moultrie Middle School
Ashley M. Dorsey, Principal of Laurel Hill Primary School
Stephanie Flock, Principal, Morningside Middle School
Dana Hancock, Principal, Daniel Jenkins Academy
Kim Jackson, Principal, Mt. Pleasant Academy
Cynthia Perez, Principal, Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School
Published in: Charleston CEO
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The Citadel to Induct Two CCSD Educators into Wall of Fame

The Citadel's Zucker Family School of Education will induct two Charleston County School District educators into their Wall of Fame this evening, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, for their outstanding contributions to education in the Lowcountry. The Citadel Wall of Fame recognizes individuals, alumni, and community partners for their contributions to quality education in the Lowcountry, as well as showcases the recent accomplishments of the Zucker Family School of Education. Terri Nichols, CCSD Associate Superintendent of Schools, is being inducted and recognized in the category of Outstanding Education Alumnus for her leadership in local education and continued willingness to bring recognition to The Citadel through her active support and focused partnerships. Nichols has served in the District since 1978. Starting off as a school teacher at Morningside Elementary (now Middle) and Brentwood Middle, Nichols quickly progressed to an assistant principal at Hunley Park Elementary in 1988, and shortly after, an elementary school principal at Mary Ford by 1990. Nichols continued to serve as an elementary school principal for nearly 20 years before becoming Associate Superintendent for Elementary Learning in 2008. For the past year, Nichols has served as the Associate Superintendent of Schools where she continues to diligently and dutifully serve all students across the District.
Published in: Charleston CEO
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CCSD Welcomes Cheryl Swinton as Executive Principal of Burke High & Simmons Pinckney Middle School

County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce and welcome Cheryl Swinton as the new Executive Principal of Burke High and Simmons Pinckney Middle School. Swinton brings with her a wealth of knowledge to this role having served at Wando High School as first an Assistant Principal, then Associate Principal for the past 15 years. Swinton first joined the CCSD family in 1984 as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Burke High School having previously served in the same position at McCracken Jr. High and Lexington High in South Carolina from 1979 to 1983...Swinton received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Family and Consumer Science from Winthrop University, and a Master of Education in Secondary Guidance and Counseling and a degree in Secondary School Administration from The Citadel.
Published in: The Chronicle
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Several Education Alumni have earned Leadership Positions throughout the Lowcountry, Congratulations to the following:

o    Ms. Semfronia Smith -  Principal, Cross High School
o    Mr. Andy Brandt – Interim Assistant Principal, Morningside Middle School
o    Ms. LaShawna Watkins – Assistant Principal, Northwoods Middle School
o    Mrs. Rachel Smilowitz, Assistant Principal, Northwoods Middle School
o    Mrs. Hannah Studemeyer – Berkeley County District Office
o    Dr. Westbery – Berkeley County District Office
o    Ms. Stephanie Flock – Interm Principal, Morningside Middle
o    Mr. Maurice Cannon – CCSD District Office, Accreditation
o    Mr. Paul Padron – Principal, Deer Park Middle School
o    Mr. Ryan Cumback – Moultrie Middle School
o    Mr. Anthony Dixon – Principal, Phillip Simmons Middle School

Charleston County School District has Two Citadel Graduates on the finalists list for Teacher of the Year 2015-2016: 

Congratulations:

Angie Greene, Guidance Counselor, James Simons Elementary

"The profession of teaching is not easy. It requires passion, commitment, and a lot of grit."

As a graduate of Winthrop University with a Masters degree from The Citadel, Angie Greene has had the opportunity to serve as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and school james simonscounselor. Ms. Greene believes that her diverse educational experiences have provided her with unique perspectives that she uses to “assist teachers, students, and parents with a plethora of complex issues.” Ms. Greene collaborates with various organizations in the community to provide learning opportunities for her students. She welcomed a group of Citadel cadets to lead students in writing activities, she coordinates projects with the Rotary Club of Charleston, and she facilitates field trip opportunities for the students with the Circular Church. She believes these partnerships “provide the students a window into the great richness of our community, outside of the classroom.”

 

Karen Pickering, English Teacher, Stall High School

"I try to make my students independent thinkers who persist even when faced with adversity.  I strive to help my students build self-confidence by creating a learning environment where they are free to make mistakes without being ridiculed and where they are encouraged to keep trying until they uncover appropriate answers."stall toy

As a graduate of Winthrop University with a Masters degree from The Citadel, Karen Pickering was inspired by her parents’, both former educators, and her teachers’ dedication and commitment to creating learning opportunities for students. Declaring teaching as her “passion,” Ms. Pickering collaborates with colleagues and administrators at her school to provide the best learning opportunities for her students. Whether preparing students to examine a novel by making the plot relevant through contemporary articles or by encouraging students to explore the global community through oral communication, Ms. Pickering creates learning opportunities that enable her students to thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Zucker Family School of Education Cadet Selected for Fulbright Student Award

James McManus, a member of The Citadel Class of 2016 will be headed to Oslo, Norway to teach English after being selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award.  McManus, of Mendham, New Jersey, is the regimental academic officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and a leading education major in the college’s Zucker Family School of Education. In addition to earning a Fulbright fellowship, the Honors Program student was recently presented with The Citadel Palmetto Medal, one of the college’s highest honors. He also earned the Star of the West Scholarship in his junior year, taking him to Europe to continue his research comparing the public school systems of different countries. (Read More Here)

School Counselor Heather Anderson named Memminger's Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year!

Ms. Anderson currently leads the school in implementing a school-wide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum.  Memminger Elementary is the only school in CCSD in its second year of SEL implementation. Ms. Anderson graduated from The Citadel with a master's degree in elementary school counseling.

Lance Thompson, Zucker Family School of Education Graduate, Named Assistant Coach at University of South Carolina

Muschamp adds Thompson to staff at USC
University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp has named Lance Thompson as the Gamecocks' assistant head coach of defense and defensive line coach, it was announced today. A veteran SEC assistant coach, Thompson spent the 2015 season on Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn where he coached the linebackers. "I'm excited to have Coach Thompson join our staff," said Coach Muschamp. "He did a great job calling the Auburn defense in their bowl win over Memphis. He has coached multiple positions throughout his career and has a great understanding of our defensive system. He will be an outstanding addition to our staff." Ranked as the No. 1 recruiter in the nation on the Ultimate ESPN 300 recruiting power rankings for 2014 when he was coaching at Alabama, and named Rivals National Recruiter of the Year in 2008, also with the Crimson Tide, Thompson was reunited with Muschamp on the Auburn staff in 2015. They also worked together as assistant coaches at LSU from 2002-2003... Thompson is a 1987 graduate of The Citadel, where he was a four-year letterwinner, and earned his bachelor's degree in education and mathematics.
Broadcast on: WCSC-Tv Charleston, SC

Fort Mill High's Dee Christopher named 'Principal of the Year'


Fort Mill High School Principal Dee Christopher was named the South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year (2015) by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators in a surprise presentation at the district office Wednesday. Christopher's parents, wife and children were all on hand for the presentation. Christopher's dad, Reggie Christopher, spent 40 years in public education and was awarded the same honor in 1986. "He has worked hard and done a wonderful job," Reggie Christopher said. "His strongest point is relationship development and his love for the kids. He really loves the kids." The South Carolina Association of School Administrators uses an application and interview process to select the Secondary Principal of the Year. Recommendation from the district's superintendent is also required. Dee Christopher graduated from Wren High School in 1986 and received his bachelor's degree from Furman University in 1990 and a master's degree from The Citadel in 1999.
Published in: The Herald

Congratulations to Citadel Graduate Mackenzie Cruce for becoming Beckeley County School District's 'Rookie Teacher of the Year'
MONCKS CORNER, SC – Berkeley County School District hosted its annual Program for Inducting Developing Educators (PRIDE) Celebration yesterday evening at Westview Middle School. The District celebrated all first-year teachers, honored school-level Rookie Teachers of the Year with certificates and announced Mackenzie Cruce as District Rookie Teacher of the Year.
Mackenzie Cruce teaches Children’s Literature and Creative Writing at Goose Creek High School. She earned an undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Clemson University and went on to receive her master of arts in teaching from The Citadel.  
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Congratulations also goes out to Citadel graduate Matthew Crowder who was Timberland High School 'Rookie Teacher of the Year'
Crowder is a first year teacher and teaches English classes and sponsors the yearbook. He was presented with flowers and congratulated by Principal Daugherty. Congratulations to Mr. Crowder for doing an exemplary job and being recognized by his fellow teachers. Matthew graduated with a master of arts in Teaching in 2014.
Published in: The Berkeley Independent

Zucker Family School of Education Grad named 'Rookie Teacher of the Year' at Wando High
Whitney Cubbage Coker has been selected as the Wando High School "Rookie Teacher of the Year" She received her master of arts in teaching in May 2014 and was the first MAT Noyce Scholar graduate from the Zucker Family School of Education. She is teaching mathematics at Wando. Way to go, Whitney!

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