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WHILE I TEACH,
I AM HOPE! VOLUME 1
2014 SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER FORUM CONFERENCE
ABOUT US & HISTORY OF SC TEACHER FORUM 1
CONNECT WITH CERRA 2
A NOTE FROM DARLEEN 3
2014 SOUTH CAROLINA HONOR ROLL TEACHERS 4 CONFERENCE MAPS 5
CONFERENCE AT-A-GLANCE 6
AYNOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BLUE PAN JAM BAND 7 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BROOKS HARPER 8
NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR: 9 JEFF CHARBONNEAU
ADVOCACY PANEL 10
BREAKOUT PRESENTERS 11
SOUTH CAROLINA FUTURE MINDS 12
MORNING SPEAKER: DR. JANICE PODA 13 TEACHER FORUMS SAVE THE DAY 14 STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR PANEL 15-16
2014 SC TEACHER OF THE YEAR: 17
CAROLINA FOREST HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR 18
VETERAN SC TEACHERS OF THE YEAR 23
DIRECTORY 19-22 THANK YOU 24
STARTING A LOCAL TEACHER FORUM 25-26
Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina on the campus of Winthrop University, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA) provides collaborative leadership in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of outstanding educators for all children in South Carolina. In doing so, CERRA responds to changing needs for teachers from underrepresented populations, in critical subject fields and in underserved geographical areas in South Carolina. The Center works cooperatively with other organizations to promote the education profession. CERRAâ€™s programs have been adopted at school, district and state levels in more than 35 states across the United States. Annually, the Teacher Cadet program serves more than 2,500 talented high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in education. More than 800 Teaching Fellows have graduated from college and are now teaching in public schools across the Palmetto State. The mentor training initiative offered through CERRA has developed over 11,000 certified mentors to assist with new and beginning teachers. CERRA serves as a conduit for information and data for national, state and local entities; in addition, CERRA provides ongoing support for National Board candidates and for teachers who have achieved National Board Certification. For more information about CERRA, visit www.cerra.org or www.teachercadets.com.
SC TEACHER FORUM
\ The purpose of the South Carolina Teacher Forum is to give recognition to the state and district teachers of the year, to develop teacher leadership among this outstanding group, to give teachers a voice in educational issues that face teachers today at all levels and to impact the professional development of other teachers by encouraging its members to facilitate the development of leadership skills among their peers.
The Teacher Forum serves as a retention resource in supporting the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancementâ€™s other programs in an effort to retain the brightest teachers in the classrooms of South Carolina. Under the leadership of Terry Dozier, 1985 South Carolina and National Teacher of the Year, the South Carolina Teacher Forum was established in 1986 by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement as part of its mission to improve teacher retention. It offers teachers across South Carolina the opportunity to participate in discussions on national, state and local educational issues; and to dialogue with key leaders and policy makers about a variety of topics affecting the educational system.
THE CENTER FOR EDUCATOR RECRUITMENT, RETENTION & ADVANCEMENT
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A NOTE FROM DARLEEN Dear District Teachers of the Year,
Welcome to the beautiful Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort for the 2014 South Carolina Teacher Forum Conference. Over the next few days, opportunities abound for you to gain valuable knowledge and insight, and build connections with other accomplished educators from across the state as you continue to fortify your Teacher Leadership skills. Through strengthening these skills, you will be empowered to use your voice to support and advocate for your students, district, state and profession. While you are here at the conference, I challenge you to expand your perspective by interacting with Teacher Leaders from across the state, identify your leadership skills and work to strengthen those skills. I also encourage you to determine what is most important to you and realize that as a teacher leader, you have a voice and you can make a difference! You are a source of hope for your colleagues, students, and the profession. Embrace your leadership skills. Make sure to visit the silent auction often! Bidding will close at 5:00 on Thursday. All proceeds benefit the Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship Fund. Have fun bidding for items and working to outbid your new friends! The real winners are deserving future educators who are given an opportunity to go to college. Donâ€™t forget to visit the Teacher Forum display boards to gain ideas of how to enhance your local Teacher Forum! Warm Regards,
Darleen Sutton 2014 South Carolina Teacher of the Year
2014 SOUTH CAROLINA HONOR ROLL TEACHERS TREVOR IVEY // SUMTER
Trevor is a proud product of Sumter Schools where he also served as a Teacher Cadet. Trevor earned his undergraduate degree in education from the Univ. of South Carolina in 2006, magna cum laude, and completed his master’s program in educational policy & management from Harvard University in 2010. He went on to pursue post-graduate level work in educational administration from SC State Univ. Trevor is a National Board Certified Teacher with experience at the elementary, middle, and adult education levels. He brought his six years of classroom teaching experience into a new position this year as a middle-level assistant principal in Sumter School District.
PAUL JOHNSON // SALUDA Paul is a biology teacher at Saluda High School and a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland. While exploring with his students, he teaches life science and life lessons. He challenges his students because he wants each of them to go further in life than they think possible. He sets goals for learning and standards for living higher than they think they can reach. Then, he guides them towards those goals.
LISA RAIFORD // AIKEN Lisa is an Autism Specialist in Richland School District One. She entered the field of education through the SC PACE program and immediately found her niche helping the most behaviorally and academically challenged students succeed. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in divergent learning, and is working toward a doctoral degree in educational leadership. She has taught middle and elementary school aged students.
DR. JEFF VENABLES // YORK 3 Jeff is a chemistry teacher at Northwestern High School in York 3. He is a graduate of Wofford College, Winthrop University, and Walden University. Jeff currently serves as President of the Palmetto State Teachers Association He tries to make his classroom a place where he and his students feel safe asking and answering questions and trying new things.
AT A GLANCE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH 4:00-6:00 PM 6:15-6:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30-8:00 PM 8:00-8:45 PM 8:45-9:00 PM
MEZZANINE REGISTRATION CENTER EAST AYNOR BLUE PAN JAM BAND CENTER EAST OPENING SESSION: WELCOME CENTER EAST DINNER CENTER EAST KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BROOKS HARPER WEST A, B, C & ARCADIAN DISTRICT TOY HOMEROOM CENTER EAST SPECIAL MESSAGE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH 7:00-8:15 AM CAFE AMALFI BREAKFAST 8:15-8:30 AM CENTER EAST GENERAL SESSION 1 8:30-9:15 AM CENTER EAST KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JEFF CHARBONNEAU 9:15-9:30 AM BREAK 9:30-10:15 AM CENTER EAST ADVOCACY PANEL DISCUSSION 10:25-11:25 AM WEST A, B, C BREAKOUT SESSION #1 11:30AM - 12:30PM WEST A, B, C BREAKOUT SESSION #2 12:30-1:30 PM DUNES BALLROOM LUNCH 1:40-2:40 PM WEST A, B, C BREAKOUT SESSION #3 2:50-3:10 PM CENTER EAST SPECIAL MESSAGE 3:10-4:10 PM WEST A, B, C, & ARCADIAN DISTRICT TOY HOMEROOM 4:10-4:50 PM CENTER EAST SC FUTURE MINDS: DEBBIE JONES 4:50-5:00 PM CENTER EAST CLOSING REMARKS 5:00 PM SILENT AUCTION CLOSES 6:00 PM DINNER ON YOUR OWN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 7:00-7:50 AM 8:00-8:15 AM 8:15-8:30 AM 8:40-9:30 AM 9:40-10:30 AM 10:30-11:00 AM 11:00-11:20 AM 11:30-12:00 PM 12:00-12:15 PM
CAFE AMALFI CENTER EAST CENTER EAST WEST A, B, C CENTER EAST CENTER EAST CENTER EAST CENTER EAST CENTER EAST
BREAKFAST GROUP PHOTO SPEAKER: DR. JANICE PODA TEACHER FORUMS SAVE THE DAY PANEL DISCUSSION - VETERAN TOYS SPEAKER: DARLEEN SUTTON CAROLINA FOREST SHOW CHOIR PINNING CEREMONY CLOSING REMARKS
AYNOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BLUE PAN JAM BAND The Blue Pan Jam Band of Aynor Elementary School, Horry County, is comprised of fourth and fifth grade students who were selected for their musical ability, behavior, and desire to be in the group. They meet once a week after school to rehearse. The Blue Pan Jam Band plays at area festivals such as the Aynor Harvest Hoedown, Vivace, and Tool at Broadway at the Beach. They are led by Connie Christy who was a 2004 USA Today Top Teacher and the 2003 Horry County Teacher of the Year. This is the bandâ€™s eighth performance at the South Carolina Teacher Forum.
BROOKS HARPER Brooks Harper is a native of South Carolina and a product of our public school system. His company provides keynotes, workshops and training materials helping students and professionals discover, develop, market and sell their talents, skills and abilities that bring tangible value to the market place. Brooks aspires to the belief that EVERY DAY is an interview and an opportunity to turn your passion into your paycheck.
His books, Why Should We Hire You? and 7 Skills to Make Mills (soft skills development guide), are tremendous resources for students and educators. They have been incorporated into economics, business, and student-success curricula as the go-to-books for teaching interview strategies, self-marketing, personal branding and soft skills development. Brooks is no stranger to adversity. When he was nine years old his dad did what he calls a “Houdini.” He disappeared, leaving his two brothers and mother without notice. Brooks found solace and support in programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs and TRiO and is a strong advocate for them today, speaking on their campuses across the country. Brooks also credits key teachers that made “Moments that Count” at critical crossroads in his life. He is Chairperson for the Community Development Committee as a board member for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands and is President of their Alumni and Friends Association as well as a member of its Alumni Hall of Fame. THE EDUTAINER! Brooks electrifies audiences using a combination of entertainment, education, and hilarious stories leaving you enlightened and inspired. His sense of humor and relevant illustrations capture your attention while motivating and challenging you to make a difference. He has spoken on hundreds of K-12, college and corporate campuses nationwide to more than 300,000 students and educators.
Learn more at www.brooksharper.com
NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
JEFF CHARBONNEAU Jeff Charbonneau is a chemistry, physics and engineering teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington. He’s been working in this position for his entire 12 year teaching career. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University, and holds a Masters of Education from Central Washington University. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and has received numerous awards, among them being various business donations and grants totaling more than $25,000 to support the ZHS Robot Challenge, of which he is founder and director. Jeff also participates as the Zillah Education Association Co-President. In addition to his role as a science instructor at ZHS, Jeff is a Yearbook advisor, drama assistant director, science club advisor, and is the 9th grade class advisor. He also is an adjunct faculty member at three colleges and universities, allowing students who do take his classes to earn 24-college credits upon successful completion. Jeff recognizes that many students see his course subjects as the “hard” science classes and welcomes the challenge to overturn that stigma. Jeff admits his classes are “more rigorous” but says they are designed to be accessible. He’s created interactive learning experiences, like the robot challenge, to help students develop confidence in their abilities. Jeff said, “I believe my greatest accomplishments are revealed each time a student realizes that he or she has an unlimited potential. The rest are simply vehicles to make it happen.”
SOUTH CAROLINA ADVOCACY PANEL Jackie B. Hicks is president of The South Carolina Education Association. She graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in school administration. Jackie has been a teacher of mathematics in the Clover School District for over 28 years. As high school teacher of mathematics, she served on numerous school and district committees of leadership. Before being elected as President of The SCEA, she served as President of York County Education Association, The SCEA Executive Board member, South Carolina Commissioner on National and Community Service Commission, Treasurer of America’s Association of State Service Commissions and Board member of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). A Nationally Board Certified 7/8th grade science and ProTeam teacher at Alice Drive Middle, Trevor is a proud product of Sumter Schools where he also served as a Teacher Cadet. Trevor earned his undergraduate degree in education from the Univ. of South Carolina in 2006, magna cum laude, and completed his master’s program in educational policy & management from Harvard University in 2010. He went on to pursue post-graduate level work in educational administration from SC State Univ. Having taught at the elementary, middle, and adult education level, he brought his six years of classroom teaching experience into a new position this year as a middle-level assistant principal in Sumter School District. Kathy Maness is the Executive Director of Palmetto State Teachers Association. She served as state President of PSTA while teaching third grade at Erwin Elementary in Lancaster County. Mrs. Maness is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in elementary education and a masters degree in early childhood education. She attended Winthrop University where she completed coursework for certification in Education Administration. On November 12, 2011 Kathy was the first woman from South Carolina to be elected President of the National League of Cities – Women in Municipal Government group. In 2003, Kathy was awarded the Administrator of the Year Award by the South Carolina Network for Woman Administrators in Education. Dr. Cleo Faith Richardson, Jr., is a retired educator of 35 years. He retired as Superintendent of the Lee County School District. He previously served as Deputy Superintendent for the Division of Educational Services at the South Carolina Department of Education. Before going to Columbia, Cleo served as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for six years in Marion School District One. Prior to that position he served a Principal and later Assistant Superintendent in Marion School District Three. Over his career Cleo has also served as a teacher, coach, teacher-in-residence and assistant principal. Cleo is also a former school and district teacher of the year in Marion School District One. Dr. Richardson is a four time graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Sherry Schneider was employed for 20 years as a public school teacher and school administrator in Florida. She most recently worked for the Department of Defense Education Activity as a school principal. Mrs. Schneider is currently employed by the South Carolina Department of Education, serving as the coordinator of recruitment and retention programs.
Jane Turner is CERRA’s Executive Director. Prior to taking the position of Executive Director, Jane served on CERRA’s Board of Directors for a number of years, including two as Board Chair. She was born and raised in Winston-Salem, N.C. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Math, Education and Psychology from UNC, a M.Ed. in Educational Research from USC, and a J.D. in law from Wake Forest University. Over the past 30 years, Jane has worked in a number of capacities in public education in South Carolina as a teacher, a college professor and administrator, a State Department of Education administrator and staff attorney, and legal counsel to school districts.
S E S S I O N S 10:25-11:25AM: Blue Group (West A), Green Group (West B), Red Group (West C) 11:30-12:30PM: Red Group (West A), Blue Group (West B), Green Group (West C) 1:40-2:40PM: Green Group (West A), Red Group (West B), Blue Group (West C) ASSESSMENT MATTERS // WEST A DR. ALLISON JACQUES // UNIVERSITY OF SC During this session we will explore assessment strategies and how teachers can use data to guide instruction Dr. Jacques is the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Co-Director of the South Carolina Center for Educational Partnerships. Jacques has earned four degrees from the University of South Carolina including a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. LITERACY FOR ALL! // WEST B // POLLY WINGATE // YORK 3 Reading and writing proficiency is important to every content area and at every level in our schools in South Carolina. Using Common Core State Standards as the lens, this session will examine the development of reading and writing processing systems, with a focus on struggling learners. Ms. WIngate is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader with Rock Hill Schools. Wingate is a graduate of Winthrop University. TRANSFORM SC // WEST C // JIM REYNOLDS // TOTAL COMFORT SOLUTIONS MORYAH JACKSON // NEW CAROLINA Transform SC is working to create a new system of learning that will produce graduates ready to compete in a global economy. Join us to learn about the Profile of SC Graduate and how educators across the state are developing new learning models. . Jim Reynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of Total Comfort Solutions. Since 2005, Jim has co-chaired the New Carolina Education and Workforce Development Task Force, the only statewide forum that looks at comprehensive collaborative solutions to South Carolina’s education and workforce challenges. He is very active in community service and was recognized as SC Business Leader of the Year in 2010. He graduated from Davidson College, earned an MBA from University of Virginia. Moryah Jackson is the Director of Education Initiatives at New Carolina. She is coordinating efforts to create a system of learning that meets the needs of today’s students. Jackson, a 2012 “20 under 40” honoree, is very active in the community. She earned her BA from Columbia College, her MPA from the University of South Carolina, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida. She also studied at the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic.
FUTURE MINDS Web: scfutureminds.org Facebook: southcarolinafutureminds E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Carolina Future Minds is a non-profit that organizes private support for the state’s 700,000 public school students. Public universities and private schools often have dozens of people working to connect private support to their institutions. South Carolina Future Minds is the only entity working to connect private donors to all public K-12 public schools across the state. Annual Conference of South Carolina Public Education Partners — We bring state and local education groups together to talk about common challenges and best practices. The 2011 conference was capped by the announcement of the first annual “Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award.” Driven by The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds, this award for proven effective programs is supported by BB&T, the state Board of Education, state Chamber of Commerce, SC School Administrators Association, SC School Boards Association and other corporate partners. Nationally Recognized SC Teacher of the Year Celebration – This annual event is the largest gathering of state leaders in business, government and education in support of our state’s teachers. It also features the winner of the only statewide talent contest open to K-12 public school students. Teacher Appreciation Month – Thousands of people annually reach out to thank a teacher, and one lucky educator wins a Bahamas cruise from corporate partner Bojangles’. “Spaghetti Night Sponsored by Mueller’s” - Mueller’s Pasta works through South Carolina Future Minds to offer every public school in our state free pasta for a “Spaghetti Night” of parents, students and teachers. As of December 2011, more than 160 schools had received nearly eight tons of pasta. “Go Back to School SMART” – Our Facebook campaign in 2011 partnered with SMART Technologies to give away thousands of dollars of equipment to three winning SC public schools.
DR. JANICE PODA Dr. Janice Poda is the Strategic Initiative Director for the Education Workforce where she leads the work of assisting states with developing and implementing coherent and comprehensive systems of educator effectiveness. Recently, Janice and the Education Workforce team assisted with the creation of an action plan for states to transform educator preparation and entry into the profession. The action plan is described in a document titled Our Responsibility, Our Promise which was released in December 2012.
Previously, Janice served as the Deputy State Superintendent of Education for Administration and Chief of Staff at the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE). She has extensive experience in educator human capital issues. For four consecutive years of her service as Deputy Superintendent of the SCDE’s Division of Educator Quality & Leadership, Quality Counts ranked South Carolina as #1 or #2 in the US for the state’s efforts to improve teacher quality. In that role, she oversaw educator certification, a statewide evaluation system for teachers, leaders, and other school personnel, program approval, the state’s teacher of the year program, and federal Title II, Part A programs. Prior to her time at the South Carolina Department of Education, Janice was the Executive Director of the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA)) at Winthrop University. At the district level, Janice worked as assistant superintendent for personnel, director of testing and research, and director of teacher evaluation. She began her career teaching social studies and children with learning disabilities In South Carolina and Georgia.
SAVE THE DAY Starting from Scratch: How to Begin a Forum
PATRICIA WOODS EDGEFIELD COUNTY
Patricia Woods is a master teacher at Strom Thurmond High School and a graduate of Newberry College and Southern Wesleyan University. A lifelong learner, Patricia is passionate about sharing her more than 20 years of teaching experience in multiple areas and creates a learning environment that promotes a culture of success. Patricia served as the 2013 District Teacher of the Year for Edgefield County School District and currently serves as the chairperson for the District Teacher Forum. Waking a Sleeping Forum: How to Revive an Existing Forum
TERRI BUTTS RICHLAND TWO
Terri Butts is a second grade teacher at Bridge Creek Elementary and a graduate of Hampton University and the University of South Carolina. She has a passion for teaching and has spent the past 19 years inspiring all students to excel to their greatest potential. Terri served as the 2013 District Teacher of the Year for Richland School District Two and currently serves as the chairperson for the District Teacher Forum. Up, Up, and Away: How to Keep an Active Forum Progressive
Jeff Mezzatesta is a U.S. History, Gov./Econ. and Student Government teacher at Carvers Bay High School and a graduate of WV University. A fourth generation educator, Jeffâ€™s students inspire him daily with their passion and ability to dream. He provides an atmosphere that promotes a safe learning JEFF environment, where critical thinking and challenging thought can MEZZATESTA lead to bigger questions. Jeff served as the 2013 District Teacher GEORGETOWN of the Year for Georgetown County School District and currently COUNTY serves as the chairperson for the District Teacher Forum.
STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR PANEL
Mary Ann Blaskowitz, 1982 SC Teacher of the Year, spent the first 17 years of her career as an English and Journalism teacher at Camden High School. Once a student journalist herself, her passion was advising Camden Highâ€™s award winning student newspaper, the Palmetto Leaf. For the last 18 years of her career, she served as Director of Communications for the Kershaw County School District. She retired in 2006 and currently serves as a Senior Associate with BWP & Associates, a national superintendent search firm. Chuck Long was the 1986 SC Teacher of the Year. Chuck retired from his main job of teaching after 34 years in 2009. However, he continues today as Producer/CEO/Founder of The Charleston Youth Company, Inc., a non-profit performing arts company he started 35 years ago. Today he has 3 performing companies-Sophomore, Junior, and Senior, and a Technical program with a total of almost 100 students in grades 3-12. Beverly Varnado, 1987 SC Teacher of the Year, has enjoyed an educational career spanning almost 45 years, including 20 years as a classroom teacher of middle and high school English. The other years were in central administration in Charleston County School District as Coordinator of Humanities, Director of the Teacher Center, Associate Superintendent, and Director of Employee Relations. She earned a doctorate in curriculum studies from the University of South Carolina. Debra Templin was the 1996 SC Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches fourth grade at Prosperity Rikard Elementary School in Newberry County. Templin has been teaching for 36 years and holds National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist. After receiving the SC Farm Bureau Outstanding Teacher award, Debra recently was one of eight honored nationally in MInnesota at The National Ag in the Classroom Convention for her work with integrating gardening projects into curriculum. Christine S. Fisher is the director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Prior to coming to Winthrop, she taught band, chorus, and general music at the elementary, middle and high school levels for 25 years. Selected as the South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 1998, she traveled the state discussing the importance of arts education and monitored education legislation. Mary Lostetter serves as a part-time Math Instructional Coach for Middle and High School Induction Teachers in Richland School District Two. Mary retired as K-12 Math Coordinator at Richland 2 in June 2013. Mary, the 2000 Teacher of the Year, has spent 40 years as an educator in Junior High and High School. Mary started the Induction Coaching Program in Richland Two in 2000.
Jason Fulmer currently serves as a Program Director at CERRA for the state’s mentoring and teacher leadership initiatives. He coordinates the efforts of the SC Teacher Forum and the CERRA Advisory Board. Fulmer served as the 2004 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. He was selected as one of the four finalists for the 2004 National Teacher of the Year. He is the President-elect for Learning Forward South Carolina and serves on the SC School Improvement Council Board of Directors. Linda (Cookie) Winburn, retired from Richland Two where she taught middle school for 16 years and served as an Instruction Coach for 6 years. Currently she is serves as a member of the Education Faculty at the University of South Carolina and serves as Coordinator of Clinical Experiences for Early Childhood, Elementary, and the MAT programs. She was Nationally Board certified in 2002 and renewed in 2011. She has served on the SC ASCD board since 2004 and is currently the Executive Director. Cookie was the 2005 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Buffy Murphy served as the 2007 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. She is currently a Doctoral candidate in administrative leadership for teaching and learning through the Richard Riley School of Education at Walden University. Buffy served on the CERRA Advisory Board from 2007-2010 and is currently serving on the CERRA Board of Directors. She was Nationally Board certified in early and middle childhood literacy in 2004 and renewed in 2014. She has taught fifth grade at Irmo Elementary for 14 years, where she currently serves as an RTI Specialist. Jenna Hallman currently serves as CERRA’s Assistant Director and the Program Director for the Teaching Fellows Program and National Board Certification. Hallman served as a science specialist at Calhoun Academy for the Arts, teaching science to kindergarten to fifth grade students, when she was named the 2009 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Hallman is currently working on her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment through Walden University. She received her National Board Certification in 2002 and successfully renewed in 2011. Bryan Coburn, a pre-engineering, computer programming and business teacher at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill served as the 2010 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. As a 24-year teaching veteran, Coburn mentors new teachers, including those participating in PACE, and assists colleagues seeking National Board Certification. He has been recognized as a master teacher by Project Lead the Way, providing continuing education and mentoring for teachers across the United States, and is a master teacher for advanced placement in computer science. Patti Tate, a National Board Certified AP English teacher and English/ Social Studies Program Coordinator at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC, was the 2012 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Patti also serves as a Teacher Cadet instructor and a member of the CERRA Board of Directors. Learning about students’ lives and building trust completes her philosophy—she teaches to individual students. Patti currently serves on the Education Oversight Committee and Learning Forward Board. Amy McAllister, a National Board Certified English teacher, was the 2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Amy currently serves as a Master Teacher at J. Paul Truluck Middle School in Florence School District 3. She is passionate about learning and teaching, and the founding principle of her teaching philosophy is that students, not test scores, must come first. She believes that once teachers build relationships with their students, the possibilities are absolutely endless.
SC TEACHER OF THE YEAR
DARLEEN SUTTON Darleen Sutton is the 2014 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Darleen teaches 1st Grade at Pickens Elementary School. She is a graduate of both Wingate and Winthrop Universities. Darleen enjoys helping her students learn to read and witness the excitement that is created within them through the power of the written word. Her goal is to teach the whole child and help them develop overall as a productive member of society. She inspires her students by allowing them to be themselves while learning through meaningful learning experiences within the safe, nurturing environment of her classroom. They have the opportunity to explore, create knowledge, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. Knowing they can be themselves motivates her students to be risk takers, and explore the unknown while creating knowledge and understanding along the way. Her students inspire her to laugh, to offer hugs freely, to hop up and say “Ta-Da” when she falls down, and to keep a large supply of erasers because we all make mistakes sometimes. “First grade is a wonderful grade to teach because the children are very honest and don’t hesitate to tell you when you’re having a bad hair day; they are trusting and believe everything you say as factual; and finally, they possess a large degree of innocence because they still see the good in others around them and are willing to celebrate the accomplishments of others. I think the world would be a better place if we all took on a first grade perspective,” says Darleen. The best part of her job is celebrating the joy of learning each day with her students. There’s always something, no matter how small, to celebrate!
CAROLINA FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
Carolina Forest High School’s “Carolina ShowCase” has been entertaining audiences from New York to Florida for the past 14 years. Under the direction of Kraig McBroom, the 2011 Horry County Teacher of the Year, the school’s vocal music program has grown from 38 students to over 200 and with the support of Black Water and Ocean Bay Middle School’s choral programs, Carolina Forest continues to be the “ShowCase” of Horry County School student performing groups. The group has competed in the “Big Apple Choral Classic” in New York City, where they have been named the Grand Champion Choral Group for three years. This group has been the feature entertainment for the South Carolina Superintendent’s Conference in Hilton Head; been featured in numerous televised holiday shows through HTC and TV-33; built tremendous community support for Carolina Forest High School and has performed numerous school and community shows to promote arts education in Horry County Schools. Carolina Forest music and theatre alumni have performed professionally in venues from Broadway to Disney and around the world. This is the choir’s second year performing a the South Carolina Teacher Forum Conference.
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Jennifer Satterwhite Laurens 56 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sheneaka Ratliff Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Snell Orangeburg 3 email@example.com
Kimberly Freeman Lexington 1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eunice Jennings Orangeburg 4 email@example.com
Carla Adams Lexington 2 firstname.lastname@example.org
William Burgess Orangeburg 5 William.Burgess@ocsd5.net
Melissa Keisler Lexington 3 email@example.com
Jacquelyn Winegard Palmetto Unified firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matt Johnson Spartanburg 2
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Giada Parris Spartanburg 4 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kristy Garrett Spartanburg 5 firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOUTH CAROLINA VETERAN TEACHERS OF THE YEAR 2014 Darleen Sutton
1987 Beverly Varnado
2013 Amy McAllister
1986 Charles H. Long, Jr.
2012 Patti Tate
1985 Therese (Terry) Dozier**
2011 Kelly Nalley
1984 Fanya C. Paouris
2010 Bryan Coburn
1983 Catherine H. Williams
2009 Jenna Hallman
1982 Mary Ann Blaskowitz
2008 Ann Marie Taylor
1981 Sara W. Payne
2007 Jennifer (Buffy) Murphy
1980 Sharon E. Rankin
2006 Stephanie Seay
1979 Colonel Jerry M. Sage
2005 Linda (Cookie) Winburn
1978 James G. Mattos
2004 Jason S. Fulmer*
1977 J. Grady Locklear
2003 Christi W. McCollum
1976 Elizabeth Smith Cox
2002 Traci Young Cooper
1975 Delura Jane Satterfield
2001 Christa M. Compton*
1974 Marguerite B. McCaskill
2000 Mary Hamilton Lostetter
1973 Hazel W. Joiner
1999 Nancy Elizabeth (Libby) Baker 1972 Pamelia S. Cromer 1998 Christine Fisher
1971 Martha Marian Stringfellow**
1997 Kelly G. McCall
1970 James K. Brayboy*
1996 Debra H. Templin
1969 Agnes Hildebrand Wilson*
1995 Cathy S. Scott
1968 Vivian McInnis Forgartie
1994 Dodie Burns Magill*
1967 Ruby P. (Bela) Herlong*
1993 Dodie Burns Magill
1966 Elizabeth A. Godfrey
1992 Jeane C. Sink
1965 Mary A. Mace*
1991 Nancy C. Townsend
1960 Elizabeth Stewart*
1990 Maria McAlister Pyles*
1956 Maude A. Hudson*
1989 Carolyn T. Ross
* National Teacher of the Year Finalist
1988 Angela B. Burkhalter
** National Teacher of the Year
THANK YOU We would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their support. The success of this conference greatly depends upon their willingness to travel and share their expertise with us.
Darleen Sutton 2014 SC Teacher of the Year Reggie Gasque - Aynor Elem. Principal Connie Christy- Director Blue Pan Jam Band Members and Parents Brooks Harper 2014 SC Honor Roll Teachers Trevor Ivey Paul Johnson Lisa Raiford Dr. Jeff Venables Senator Tim Scott
Pam Gillins- South Carolina Department of Ed. Gaye Driggers- Carolina Forest HS Principal Kraig McBroom- Carolina Forest HS Choir Director Carolina Forest High School Carolina “ShowCase” Choir Phyllis Archie- CERRA SC Arthur Pinckney - CERRA SC Kimberly Pittman- CERRA SC Todd Scholl- CERRA SC Jane Turner- CERRA SC Marcella Wine-Snyder - CERRA SC
Jeff Charbonneau 2013 National Teacher of the Year
CAB Members Nancy Cowart Shanika Harrington-David Jackie Hicks - The SCEA Judy Lee Kathy Maness - PSTA Cindy Price Dr. Cleo Richardson Virginia Scates Sherry Schneider - State Department of Ed. Sharon Smith Dr. Allison Jacques - Univ. of SC - College of Ed. Sandra White Moryah Jackson - New Carolina Jim Reynolds - Total Comfort Solutions Carolina Opry Polly Wingate - Rock Hill Schools Ryan White, Horace Mann Learning Forward South Carolina Amy McAllister - 2013 SC Teacher of the Year Palmetto State Teachers Association Patti Tate - 2012 SC Teacher of the Year South Carolina Association of School Bryan Coburn - 2010 SC Teacher of the Year Administrators (SCASA) Jenna Hallman - 2009 SC Teacher of the Year SC-ASCD Buffy Murphy - 2007 SCTeacher of the Year Cookie Winburn - 2005 SC Teacher of the Year The South Carolina Education Association Jason Fulmer - 2004 SC Teacher of the Year South Carolina School Boards Association Mary Lostetter - 2000 SC Teacher of the Year Teacher Tools Christine Fisher - 1998 SC Teacher of the Year USC-AIken Debra Templin - 1996 SC Teacher of the Year Beverly Varnado - 1987 SC Teacher of the Year Winthrop University Chuck Long - 1986 SC Teacher of the Year Mary Ann Blaskowitz - 1982 SC Teacher of the Year Myrtle Beach Hilton Resort Staff Trip DuBard- South Carolina Future Minds Debbie Jones- South Carolina Future Minds Ken Reynolds- Bojangles Rick Jiran - Duke Energy
The behind-the-scenes efforts of the following people have truly made this event a success: CERRA Staff, CERRA Advisory Board, and the CERRA Board of Directors.
Terri Butts Jeff Mezzatesta Patricia Woods Dr. Janice Poda Governor Nikki Haley
STARTING A LOCAL
TEACHER FORUM The key to starting a local forum is YOU! Your interest, enthusiasm, and knowledge of what Teacher Forums are and do will make all the difference.
Schedule an appointment with your District TOY Coordinator and/or Superintendent and ask a CERRA representative to come along with you for support. Make sure to explain the difference between a Superintendent’s Cabinet and a Teacher Forum. A forum is goal and solution oriented, not a gripe session. All stakeholders (teachers, superintendents, liaisons, etc.) must remember that the forum will only entertain issues that can be addressed with solutions that benefit students. Forums provide opportunities for positive growth experiences. Be able to articulate how having a local forum will support the district’s goals and meet the needs of students. Cite examples of what other Teacher Forums in SC have been able to accomplish, such as instructional fairs, mentoring new teachers, legislative issue forums, back-to-school celebrations, leadership advisory panels, parent education nights, etc. Network with active Forums in your region and learn what they have accomplished. A key point to make with your Superintendent is that teachers who are given opportunities to lead and make decisions that impact students while sharing with their colleagues feel empowered, respected, and know that what they think really matters. Teacher morale will improve, and superintendents can rely on these professionals to keep things POSITIVE! Forums that make suggestions for change do so after careful consideration of how this change can be accomplished and the rationale for the change. Having a district office liaison (such as the DTOY Coordinator) who is supportive will be crucial. That liaison must be willing to allow you and your teachers to make decisions about the direction your Forum will take. Enlist other Teachers of the Year from your district to serve on a leadership council to help you get started. This may include past and present district honor roll teachers. You will need their creativity and advice when planning for meetings. Include past and present school TOYs and/or other accomplished teachers in your forum. It will be helpful to have continuity in leadership from year to year so ideas, work, and momentum are not lost but built upon each year. Involve enough strong leaders so that success isn’t tied to one person’s effort. All forum members need shared experiences and responsibilities so they feel ownership. Build capacity! Contact businesses in your community to help sponsor functions. Local restaurants, chambers of commerce, car dealerships, and other businesses may be willing to support your organization.
Don’t try to tackle too much, too soon. Choose one thing to focus on at first. How can teacher leaders best benefit your district at this time? Choose that area as your focus for the first year. Build in some objectives and goals that the forum can readily accomplish on its own. Dialogue over important issues is a catalyst for strategies and waves of change! Once stakeholders see your forum as a positive, goal oriented organization, support will likely follow. Continue efforts to ensure commitment of school board and administration. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Don’t give up! Continue to learn more about Teacher Forums in SC, and you will likely find ways that your district can improve through the strength and expertise of communities of teacher leaders. The State TOY, CERRA Program Directors and staff are willing to help you get started and maintain momentum! You are not alone! Remember that teacher leadership impacts student learning! Believe that accomplishments are worthy and worth working for. You are in the business of empowering teachers, and that can only be accomplished by lifting them up with status, knowledge, and access to decision making. Adapted from Elizabeth “Bit” Howell, 1998 SC Honor Roll Teacher, SCCTR-TIR (2000-2002) Revised January 2007-CERRA Teachers in Residence (2006-2007)
For additional assistance: Contact Jason Fulmer, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Fulmer is able to assist districts in starting (or rejuvenating) a local Teacher Forum. He is the 2004 S.C. State Teacher of the Year.
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TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS & COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
South Carolina ASCD sponsors this award program in support of ASCD Worldwide and The Whole Child Initiative. This program seeks to identify schools in South Carolina that have created a school culture with programs that exemplify one or more of the five tenets of The Whole Child Initiative: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged, Engaged. Schools applying for one of the awards will be required to submit a completed application along with supporting evidence to SC ASCD according to program timelines. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee to determine which schools should receive the recognition and a $1,000 grant, given for the purpose of implementing other goals related to one or more of the tenets of The Whole Child Initiative.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.SCASCD.ORG
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Congratulations 2014 South Carolina District Teachers of the Year! We invite you to continue your advancement as teacher leaders by becoming involved in shaping future professional learning opportunities for our profession!
Beliefs * Effective professional learning is fundamental to student learning. * All educators have an obligation to improve their practice. * More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning. *Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning. *Improving student learning and professional practice requires ongoing systemic and organizational change.
Vision Every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves. • Share your experience, expertise, and insights with other South Carolina educators; • Learn from and network with other South Carolina educators engaged in professional development; • Collaborate with other South Carolina educators to improve the quality and results of professional development; • Enhance your professional growth by participating in and contributing to strengthening professional development throughout South Carolina;
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2014 South Carolina Teacher of the Year! Congratulations to the 2014 Honor Roll Teachers!
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CONGRATULATIONS! South Carolina District Teachers of the Year! On behalf of the Superintendents
Adult Education Directors
Middle Level Principals
Elementary School Principals Career and Technology Directors
Administrators Instructional Leaders Higher Education Administrators
of South Carolina Public Schools. You are the most important link in a student’s success. Having a great teacher in every classroom is what we strive to achieve in the wonderful state of South Carolina!
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