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Citadel News Service
22 Sep 2009

School of Education announces 2009 Wall of Fame inductees

A former regimental commander, an accomplished leader of the Charleston County School District, an area business and community leader, and two Lowcountry pioneers in counseling and literacy are this year’ inductees into The Citadel School of Education Wall of Fame.

The second annual Wall of Fame celebration takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 in the Courvoisie Banquet Hall at the Holiday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. The banquet is an invitation-only event.

The School of Education Wall of Fame honors Citadel graduates and others who have distinguished themselves as educators and/or as supporters of public education. In addition to awards for each of the four divisions (counselor education, educational leadership, literacy, and teacher education) in the School of Education, an award will be presented to a community leader for his longstanding support of education in the region.

“In addition to recognizing individuals for their achievements and contributions, this very special event is intended to highlight recent accomplishments of The Citadel 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 the national model for the development of principled educational leaders.”

The 2009 Wall of Fame inductees (bios attached) are: 

  • Kathryn E. Altman—Pioneer in school counseling in the Lowcountry and loyal supporter of The Citadel School of Education Counselor Education program
  • Barbara Hairfield, CGC ’09 —Exemplar of a Citadel principled educational leader and dedicated supporter of the School of Education
  • Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Kevin Jarrard, Class of ’95—Former regimental commander of the South Carolina Corp of Cadets and currently the commandant of cadets and social studies teacher at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga.
  • A. Thomas Hood, Class of ‘72—President and CEO of First Financial Holdings and First Federal and longstanding supporter of education in the region
  • Dan T. Ouzts—Emeritus professor of education and literacy pioneer in the Lowcountry.

The School of Education will also recognize Hirshey Award winners from 1987 to 2009 and will announce the members of the new School of Education Development Advisory Board.

Bios of 2009 Wall of Fame Honorees

Kathryn E. Altman
Receiving her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of South Carolina in 1973, Altman has been a loyal supporter of the Counselor Education program at The Citadel for a quarter of a century. Formerly an elementary school teacher at Harbor View Elementary in Charleston, her accomplishments as a pioneer in school counseling include service as coordinator of guidance and director of pupil personnel services for the Charleston County School District. Included among her many contributions to the counseling profession are Altman’s service as an adjunct professor in the counselor education program at The Citadel.

She is a charter member of the South Carolina Board of Examiners for the Licensure of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Counselors, and Associate Counselors and has served these organizations as president, vice president, and secretary. She is also a member of the South Carolina Counseling Association serving as president for 1977 to 1978. She belongs to the American Counseling Association and served a member of the board of directors from 1978 to 1981.

Included among her numerous awards and honors are: Outstanding Administrator in the Personnel and Guidance Profession in South Carolina (1975) and Outstanding Counselor Supervisor award from the S.C. Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors in 1985.

Barbara Hairfield
Hairfield began a 20- year partnership with The Citadel upon receiving a Masters of Arts in Teaching in secondary social studies in 1989. Since then she earned her master’s plus thirty in English through The Citadel and more recently, completed as part of special cohort of Charleston County teachers a second master’s degree in secondary administration from The Citadel. In addition to serving as a cooperating teacher for Citadel interns and mentoring numerous Citadel graduates as they became Charleston County teachers, Hairfield served as an active member of The Citadel’s Academic Oversight Committee and its successor, the Professional Education Board. She continues to serve The Citadel as a founding member of the School of Education’s newly established Development/Advisory Board.

During her 20-plus years of teaching, Hairfield has earned teacher of the year honors at Birney Middle School, and has been recognized as Charleston County Teacher of the Year and as the South Carolina Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Hairfield has been appointed to the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee and recently accepted the position as the Social Studies curriculum specialist and coordinator for the Charleston County School District. Prior to her current position, Hairfield served as a teacher coach for the school district and a teacher specialist for Social Studies and English/Language Arts at Morningside Middle School and as teacher specialist at Brentwood Middle School. For 15 years (1990 to 2005), she taught at Birney Middle School.

Active in numerous professional organizations, Hairfield is a member of the executive board for the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies and sits on the board of directors of the National Council for the Social Studies. She serves on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ Task Force on Teacher Recruitment and Retention and is a current member of Education Oversight Committee’s Task Force on Teacher Recruitment and Retention. In addition, Hairfield works closely with teacher preparation programs as a reviewer for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and as an active member of The Citadel’s Professional Education Board

Maj. Kevin Jarrard, USMCR, Citadel Class of 1995
Jarrard, a former regimental commander in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, graduated with a degree in history and secondary teacher certification in social studies from The Citadel in 1995. In addition to teaching social studies for eight years at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., he has completed two tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving in Iraq, Jarrard took the initiative to ensure that two Iraqi children received medical treatment in the United States. These humanitarian efforts earned him regional and national media coverage, making him recognizable to many. While back from Iraq for a year, he has not been idle. After returning from a summer trip to Africa, he accepted the position of Commandant of Cadets at Riverside Military Academy.

Jarrard spent eight years teaching U.S. history, government, and economics and remains a teacher at heart though the lessons have changed. As he explains “I love teaching, and I don’t necessarily see it as too far-fetched to say that I’m still a teacher.”

Using words that captures the ideal of the principled educational leader, Major Jarrard indicates that the goal is not necessarily to “send young men into battle, ... We’re trying to use the military system to support the academic program here to prepare boys for success in college and life.”

A. Thomas Hood
Hood graduated from The Citadel in 1972 and is licensed as a certified public accountant. Beginning with First Federal in 1975, Hood was elected to the board of directors in 1987 and became president and CEO of First Federal in 1995 and president and CEO of First Financial Holdings in July 1996.

Hood is generous with his time and is actively involved in numerous professional and community organizations. Providing access to quality early childhood education and improving public schools are among the causes he passionately supports. He serves on the board of the

Charleston Education Network, a public education advocacy organization. He is also a member of the Focus Partners, a group focused on funding new initiatives in public education. He is a member of the Executive Committee and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Trident United Way. Through First Federal, Hood has served as a volunteer mentor and tutor for the Help One Student to Succeed program at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School, Midland Park Elementary School and Mary Ford elementary School.

Hood is past chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve on the board and as member of the executive committee. He also serves on the chamber’s Education Foundation Board. Most recently, Hood provided the financial support for the Charleston County School District’s TOPS program, honoring district teachers whose students performed achieved better than expected on reliable end of year assessments.

Included among his many other accomplishments are his service on the Thrift Industry Advisory Committee, and advisory group to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Hood is a member and ordained elder at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Dan T. Ouzts
Ouzts is professor emeritus at The Citadel having served on the faculty in the School of Education for 31 years. In addition to his pioneering efforts in promoting literacy in the Lowcountry, Ouzts has served The Citadel and School of Education as acting dean, associate dean of education, and assistant department head.

In 1978, Ouzts founded The Citadel’s summer school reading program for area children experiencing reading difficulties. Through his efforts the lives of thousands of area children have been transformed and reading has become a priority in their lives. Though Professor Ouzts retired in 2008, his legacy lives on as The Citadel summer reading program, which is sponsored by The Wachovia Foundation.

Though retired, Ouzts continues to teach for the School of Education. He commitment to helping teachers help children experiencing reading difficulties remains robust, and he maintains his reputation as the professor who will “go the extra mile” to make to ensure that graduate students understand how to teach children to read. During his tenure at The Citadel, Ouzts received four teaching awards and also received The State Literacy Award. An international authority on biblio-therapy, Ouzts received The Distinguished Service Award from the International Reading Association for his work in helping children with reading problems. Well respected as a scholar, Ouzts is recognized throughout the state and region as a pioneer of reading instruction in the Lowcountry.

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