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Coaching Academy positions educator for next career step

LaKeyseah Brennan is driven by a mission to help others. After graduating with an English degree, she planned to start a nonprofit to prepare incarcerated individuals for future employment. A former colleague suggested she might be well-suited to a career in education -- where she could guide students toward their goals instead of beginning negative cycles.

For Alison Schriro, the College of Education has 'been there every step' of her teaching career

As a member of the inaugural class of the Carolina Teacher Induction Program (CarolinaTIP), Alison Schriro gained three years of personalized coaching and joined a community of fellow novice educators. With six years of teaching under her belt, she's now joining another innovative cohort in the college - the first class of the Coaching Academy.

Former player builds life skills on and off the court

Markeshia Grant knew as a child that she felt ordained to be a part of something bigger than herself -- she might not have known that she would eventually help others do the same.

Passion for advocacy inspires this Principal of the Year

Sabina Mosso-Taylor (2013, Ph.D., early childhood education) grew up with a love for dance and a passion for helping others. While she dreamed of being a dance therapist, she began her career in public health and danced to fuel her passion. Ultimately, her greater love of working with students with special needs led her to return to school to become an educator.

Middle school-specific takeaways stand out across research, leading to SC TEACHER's latest report

As data findings particular to middle schools have continued to emerge across SC TEACHER's educator pipeline research, their latest release pulls together those takeaways to help state education leaders better understand middle school teacher experiences.

Learning with the Math Scholars

Dawn Pilotti, a long-time mathematics teacher and an online doctoral student in USC's College of Education, uses tools to make mathematics "more real" to her students. And with an assist from her doctoral advisor, USC associate professor Kristin Harbour, her students now count mathematics among their favorite subjects.

SC Teacher of the Year has clear path to advanced education at USC

Braden Wilson was named the South Carolina Teacher of the Year at the "Gala in the Garden" on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. In addition to $25,000 and use of a new BMW, she will receive a more enduring prize: a no-cost graduate degree from the USC College of Education.

Harold C. Johnson Elementary School Improvement Council named winner of 2024 Riley Award for SIC Excellence

The School Improvement Council (SIC) of Harold C. Johnson Elementary School in York School District 1 has been named the recipient of the 2024 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.

SC TEACHER releases first how-to guide in a new support series for district and school administrators

Senior Erial Cooper is named Teacher Candidate to Watch by South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education

Erial Cooper is no stranger to the classroom. Her parents, Eric and Victoria Cooper, are both educators. She grew up observing her parents lead classrooms -- her mom now serves as a principal at Darlington Middle School, and her father is a curriculum coordinator at Lamar High School. While it is no surprise that Cooper was named "Teacher Candidate to Watch" by the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, she is still in disbelief.

USC College of Education on the rise among American's Best Graduate Education Schools

The University of South Carolina College of Education has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an outstanding provider of graduate education in the nation. Over the past two years, the college has risen 58 spots in the rankings, landing at No. 29 for 2024-2025. This achievement puts the College of Education in the top 6 percent of colleges of education with graduate programs nationally.

Power:Ed funding expands CarolinaTIP programming to Pee Dee

The Carolina Teacher Induction Program (CarolinaTIP) has earned a $300,000 grant from Power:Ed, the philanthropy arm of the SC Student Loan Corporation, to expand programming to South Carolina's Pee Dee region. This expansion will provide the opportunity for comprehensive induction and retention support districts with some of the highest teacher attrition in South Carolina.

Meet the 2024 Champions of Education

The College of Education honored outstanding educators and education partners at the 2024 "Champions of Education" Gala.

Professor Mitchell Yell receives commendation from the United States Department of Justice

Yell served as an expert witness for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on two anti-discrimination cases. These cases investigated if school districts discriminated against students with disabilities in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA

Shaping Tomorrow

Gracie Vess' eyes light up at the mere mention of history. But the South Carolina Honors College senior and McNair scholarship recipient doesn't dream of chronicling the past; she wants to shape the future by becoming a high school history teacher.

2024 Greener lecture brings Barbara Phillips and Nikky Finney to Allen University

Richard T. Greener (1844-1922) was the first African American man to serve on the faculty at the University of South Carolina. The Greener Lecture series continues his legacy of teaching by focusing on topics related to his life as an educator, philosopher, librarian, lawyer and diplomat. The 2024 Richard T. Greener lecture is co-sponsored by the History Center at USC's College of Arts and Sciences, Allen University and USC's College of Education.

Adapted Physical Education alum named Teacher of the Year in New Jersey

Bayley Hickey went to college with dreams of working as a coach but learned a love of teaching and pushing students towards success that changed his trajectory.

CarolinaCAP: Experienced Educators Plant Seeds of Hope

Alumna Ernestine Young shares her experiences as a CarolinaCAP Coach.

Kirsten Kennedy is recognized nationally for her work in the classroom

Kirsten Kennedy received the 2024 Faculty Outstanding Contributions by a Scholar-Practitioner Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). While she currently serves as the associate vice president for the residential experience, she has spent the last eight years as an affiliate faculty member teaching "Student Affairs in Higher Education."

Champions of Education Gala brings college connections to light

Two people with legacies of education meet at the Champions of Education Gala.

Physical education doctoral student receives national scholarship

"I was humbled to learn that I received this award," Ertel says. "I'll be recognized at the upcoming convention, but I'll be presenting as well. I'm presenting a poster with my advisor, Ali Brian, on parental barriers and facilitators to childhood physical activity. Professor Brian has been instrumental in my process here at USC."

Heart of a Teacher

As a student teacher at Meadowfield Elementary School, Melissa Klopfer (B.Ed., '80) incurred more expenses than the usual tuition, housing, books and supplies. Now, with the establishment of the Melissa L. Klopfer Endowed Scholarship this year, she hopes no student teacher will ever experience the same struggles she did.

2024 SCASA Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year Meg Huggins shares message of empowerment

"Growing up I thought everyone was a teacher," Huggins says. "I don't think I realized there were other jobs. In college, I recognized the power of connecting with the community and students and reignited my passion for education."

"I have never given up"

Poverty can play tricks with your mind. That's something Ranina Outing, regional liaison with the Carolina Family Engagement Center (a federal grant project within the University of South Carolina College of Education) knows too well. And it's one reason she's been successful helping families get the assistance and education they need, not just to survive but to succeed.

Math class helps student discover their own hidden figures of history

The daughter of two educators, Claire Henke has always had a passion for learning. A recent project in her math history class introduced her to mathematical superhero, Gladys West. West is a pioneer in the development of the global positioning system (GPS) and is still sharing her love of math with students eager to listen.

 

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