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Citadel News Service
18 Sep 2008

School of Education announces inaugural Wall of Fame inductees

Two individuals and two corporations that have supported education in the Lowcountry and beyond will become the first inductees into The Citadel School of Education’s Wall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 19.

The inaugural Wall of Fame banquet, an invitation-only event, is the precursor to Education Day on Saturday, Sept. 20. The Citadel vs. Princeton football game will feature tailgating, halftime performance by the Princeton band and recognition of Teacher of the Year winners from the Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley county school districts.

The School of Education Wall of Fame honors Citadel graduates and others who have distinguished themselves as educators and supporters of public education representing the fields of counselor education, educational leadership, literacy and teacher education.

“In addition to recognizing individuals and corporations for their achievements, this very special event is intended to highlight recent accomplishments of The Citadel’s School of Education and to solicit community support for the ongoing transformation of a good School of Education into a great one,” said Dean Tony Johnson. “Our vision is to become a national model for the development of principled educational leaders.”

The 2008 Wall of Fame inductees are:

  • Counselor education/educational leadership ¬—Creighton Eddings, school counselor for the Berkeley County School District and assistant principal of Devon Forest Elementary School.
  • Literacy —Wachovia Foundation for providing support for the Wachovia Summer Reading program, which trains teachers to identify reading deficiencies in children and supports a summer reading camp for children.
  • Teacher education —Thomas Melvin, principal at Salinas Valley State Prison where he is responsible for the academic and vocational programs and the law library services for approximately 4,100 inmates.
  • Dean’s Award —SCANA Corp. for its efforts to provide math, reading and study skills tutoring through its Homework Center Program in South Carolina and neighboring states for more than sixteen years.

In addition, the School of Education on Friday will recognize all its Hirshey Award winners. The Hirshey Award, which began in 1987, recognizes two outstanding education majors each year and is in named in honor of Dr. Charles Hirshey, the head of The Citadel’s Department of Education from 1969 to 1979. Hirshey was also a founding member of what is now The Citadel Graduate College.


2008 inductees to The Citadel School of Education Wall of Fame

Creighton Eddings
Eddings earned two master’s degrees from The Citadel School of Education, the first in 2005 in counselor education and the second in educational leadership in 2007. In addition to serving the Berkeley County School District as a school counselor and currently as an assistant principal of Devon Forest Elementary School, Eddings has been recognized as the 2008 Teacher of the Year for Devon Forest Elementary and included among the top three Honor Roll teachers for the Berkeley County Teacher of the Year program.
Eddings is the Tri-County Counseling Association’s 2008 Counselor of the Year and the recipient of the 2007 Ava Ledford Child Advocate Award from the Exchange Club. Because of his familiarity with the transformation that is occurring in the School of Education and because he personifies “principled educational leadership,” Eddings took part in the School of Education’s recent accreditation review.

Wachovia Foundation
Thanks to the generosity of The Wachovia Foundation, the School of Education is reaching out to area schools to assist them in improving the teaching of literacy throughout the region. During the first three years of this partnership, funding from the Wachovia Foundation has enabled The Citadel to train approximately 140 graduate students and area teachers to diagnose and correct reading deficiencies in children. Each grad student and teacher engaged in one-on- tutoring with a child experiencing reading difficulties. These 140 children demonstrated significant improvement of their literacy skills and all students in the teachers classrooms benefited from their teachers ability to teach reading effectively. The program is expanding to offer special cohort-based masters in literacy programs to 24 teachers of the Charleston County School District.

Thomas Melvin
Melvin graduated from The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 1982 with a degree in social studies education. He went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s of Education from Webster University and the University of Redlands respectively. After serving our country as a Marine and in the National Guard, including four deployments to Southwest Asia, Melvin entered the field of education, first as teacher, then as an assistant principal and principal. For almost two decades, Melvin has been active in such education organizations as the California Literacy, Association, the International Literacy Association and the California Adult Education Administrators Association. He is a member of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, and a Life Member of the Citadel Alumni Association. He currently serves as principal of Salinas Valley State Prison, a Level IV High Security Prison in Soledad, Calif., where he is responsible for the academic and vocational programs and law library services for over 4,000 inmates.

By initiating, sustaining, and expanding the Homework Center Program in South Carolina and neighboring states for more than sixteen years, SCANA continues to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to public education. Expanding from 13 to 32 centers, SCANA supports after-school tutoring in mathematics, reading, and study skills for at-risk children in safe and structured learning environments. In addition, SCANA matches dollar for dollar employee contributions to South Carolina schools and supports numerous initiatives designed to improve the quality of education in the state and region.

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