2011 inductees The Citadel School of Education Wall of Fame
Anita Zucker, a longtime public education activist, highlights the list of the 2011 inductees into The Citadel School of Education’s Wall of Fame while David Roemer, a Wando High School teacher, is the first recipient of the STEM Teacher of the Year award.
The Citadel School of Education Wall of Fame honors Citadel graduates and others who have distinguished themselves as educators or as champions of public education.
Anita Zucker is the chairman and chief executive officer for The InterTech Group, Inc. A Washington Capitals fan, Zucker is owner of the South Carolina Stingrays and the Carolina Ice Palace. She also owns several area restaurants, including the Sunfire Grill and Bistro and Tristan Restaurant.
A former elementary school teacher, Zucker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of North Florida.
She is a past president of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. She chaired the Drug-Free Workforce Program and served on the Chamber’s School to Work Task Force. In addition, she chaired the Business Education Council and the Business Education Partnership Committee.
Zucker currently serves on the executive committee of The Community Foundation Board and is the first woman to serve as a trustee of the Saul Alexander Foundation. She has served as an executive board member of the Trident United Way, including serving as chairperson for the 2008 Day of Caring initiative.
Zucker is the past president of the Charleston Jewish Federation, a past member of the Trident Public Education Foundation, and a past member of the of the South Carolina Business Education Partnership Committee for Excellence in Education. Anita is a past president of the Rotary Club of Charleston and is the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award for District 7770. She also received the Service Above Self Award from both the Charleston and North Charleston clubs.
As her accomplishments suggest, Zucker is passionate about uniting education and business. Appointed by the governor in 2005, Zucker continues to serve as a member of the Coordinating Council of the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act.
The recipient of numerous awards such as the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto and the chamber’s Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award, Zucker received an honorary Doctorate of Education degree in 1998 from The Citadel for her dedication to and support of education in the Lowcountry. She and her late husband Jerry Zucker was recognized as Leaders of Principle by The Citadel School of Business Administration in 2009.
Zucker’s passion for education and business continues through her support for the work of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) and in the implementation of the Education and Economic Development Act. As a community leader second to none, Zucker leads by example, championing high quality education for all children and youth of the Lowcountry.
Terry R. Berkeley
Terry Berkeley is a member of The Citadel Class of 1966 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He received a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. During the past 30 years, he has been a university professor, a researcher, a consultant for several governmental and non-governmental organizations, an advocate for children and families in several states and state legislatures, an advisor to Congress, and to ministries of education in several countries. Especially noteworthy is his participation on the National Education Goals Panel in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
For 12 of the past 16 years at Towson University, He served as chairman of the largest Department of Early Childhood Education in the nation with more than 500 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate students. As the department chair he directed a staff of 20 full-time faculty and more than 30 adjunct or part-time faculty.
Currently, he is the senior faculty member in the department and serves as Towson University’s chairman of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. He remains active on numerous initiatives both within and beyond the university.
Over his illustrious academic career, Berkeley has received grants totaling $4.2 million, co-edited seven books, written numerous chapters and journal articles, and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, he serves as co-editor of the “Rural Special Education Quarterly” and has held offices in several professional organizations.
Berkeley’s areas of interest and expertise include infant development, early childhood education, special education, early intervention, professional development school partnerships, rural and international education and human service, program development and evaluation, policy analysis, and the development of a language of ethic in education and human services.
Kay D. Woelfel
Kay Woelfel earned her baccalaureate degree in botany and zoology from Butler University and her masters’ degree in ecology and secondary education from the University of Arizona. She completed her formal education at Northern Illinois University, earning her doctorate in educational leadership.
Woelfel taught aspiring school principals and school district superintendents in the graduate educational leadership program for 10 years in the School of Education at The Citadel. Prior to coming to Charleston, Woelfel was a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in Palatine, Ill. While in Palatine, she worked closely with John Conyers in leading the district through the Malcolm Baldrige continuous improvement process.
Woelfel’s research and teaching interest include web-based data management (student and instructor electronic portfolios and assessment); the collaborative efforts with Charleston County School District to train future school administrators (ASPIRE program); the University of South Carolina Ph. D. in Educational Administration offered to cohorts of Citadel graduates at the Lowcountry Graduate Center; and public charter school initiatives.
Woelfel continues to write for publication, mentor aspiring school administrators, and to serve as an educational advisor and program evaluator. As scholarship endeavors wind down and retirement adventures ramp up, Woelfel is spending more time on the golf course, bird watching, beach walking, or traveling abroad. Most important, Woelfel is committed to continually supporting and mentoring educators as they pursue their professional goals.
David R. Roemer
Raised as an Army brat in Germany, Thailand, and several other postings, Roemer graduated from the United States Military Academy. Following graduation, he served as a field artillery officer at Fort Sill, Okla., and Augsburg, Germany. After leaving the military, Roemer became a sales engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. and later as a service engineer for the Caterpillar Tractor Co.
Succumbing to a desire to inspire future engineers, Roemer became an engineering and mathematics teacher at Wando High School in 2002. Acquiring Project Lead the Way (PLTW) certification, Roemer teaches Introduction to Engineering Design; Aerospace Engineering; Computer Integrated Manufacturing; and Digital Electronics. In 2009, Roemer achieved National Board Certification in Mathematics.
Expanding his teaching role, Roemer has contributed his knowledge and expertise to writing a manufacturing and engineering curriculum for the new Aviation Academy at Stall High School. He has become the mentor for the new engineering teachers at Stall and serves as advisor to Wando Engineering Club. Also at Wando, he coaches three FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams, the IED Design Team, and the POE team. He also assisted Wando students in preparing for the Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition. In addition to these activities, Roemer serves as a leader for both the Trident Technical College Junior Engineers summer camp and the Wando Gateway to Engineering summer camp.
Roemer is an active member of The Lowcountry STEM Collaborative and is a frequent presenter at district and state meetings on the Discovery Learning model of teaching.