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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 17, 2002

The Citadel to recognize Lowcountry educators

          The Citadel will hold its first Education Appreciation Day celebration in honor of Lowcountry educators Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, 2002.

          The Citadel Outstanding Educator Award will be presented to North Charleston High School social studies teacher Rick Burkhart, Citadel Class of 1976. The awards presentation will take place during half time festivities at Saturday's football game against 2 p.m.

          The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Athletic Department, and School of Education developed Educator Appreciation Day in 2002 to pay tribute educators in Charleston Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

          "The Citadel is excited about this opportunity to salute Lowcountry teachers and staff members who play such an important role in the lives of our children," Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds said. "This is a way to say 'thank you' and honor them for their hard work and dedication."

          Burkhart has been named teacher of the year at North Charleston High School several times, received the Milken National Educator Award and in 2001 was named to USA Today's All-USA Teacher Team. A mentor, volunteer and community leader, Burkhart takes an active role in the lives of his students, helping them develop skills that make them good community stewards. His aquatics program for students with orthopedic handicaps not only provides needed physical therapy to young people but also gives his students a chance to get involved in the community.

          In addition to a bachelor of arts in history from The Citadel, Burkhart has earned three other degrees from The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Studies --- a master of arts in teaching (1989), a master of arts in history (1999), and a master of education (2001).

          "Rick Burkhart is a true model of excellence in the teaching profession," Grinalds said. "It's an honor to recognize him and all of our other outstanding educators."

          Education Appreciation Day Friday and Saturday will also include recognition of teachers who played key roles in the lives of four Citadel student athletes. The teachers will be recognized at a pre-parade reception at 3 p.m. Friday in Bond Hall and at parade at 3:45 p.m.

          The teachers are:

  • Martha Dixon of Berkeley High School. Nominated by Cadet Kenyon Doyle, a member of the football and track teams.
  • Barbara Bianchi of England High School. Nominated by Cadet Suzanne Campbell, a member of the golf team.
  • Caroline McCurry of Newington Elementary. Nominated by Cadet Joe Call, a member of the football team.
  • Carollotta Dennis of Rivers Middle School. Nominated by Cadet Kenny Milford, a member of the basketball team.

          Each of the District Teachers of the Year for 2001-2002 will also be recognized during Saturday's game. They are Laurie Stafford of Hanahan Middle School, Carol Albrech of Cario, Anne Peterson of Alston Middle and Marlene Lemon of Woodlawn High.

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Education Appreciation Day schedule of events