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Education

  • Moments of history

    As Kristen Kingen stood before her Central High School classmates to deliver her valedictory speech, she thought she had her life planned.
    She had been dancing since she was four. She would go to college, get a dance degree and then teach dance.
    On that June day of 2002, Kingen’s thoughts were focused on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 – the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the United Airline flight 93 which crashed into farmland in Pennsylvania as terrorists and passengers struggled for control of the plane.

  • The life cycle of ‘Miss G’

    Andrea Garrison’s students are studying the life cycle of the mealworm.
    Small groups are scattered around the classroom. Some are on the floor. Others are at desks. All have a cup of oatmeal.
    Students are carefully searching for the larvae, hoping to find some that have advanced to the pupa stage.
    Garrison’s friendly reminder is “don’t drop them (the larvae) on their heads, you don’t want to give them a concussion.” Her students respond with giggles. A few parody Garrison’s words. All remain careful in their search.

  • Good sport, good teacher

    As a student at Pageland High School, Eddie Rivers’ life plan was to get a degree in business and get a corner office, “somewhere in Charlotte.”
    Four decades later, the 62-year-old Rivers wryly notes, “That didn’t happen.”
    He can, however, point to where his life’s path changed – the baseball field at Wilson High School in Florence.
    Rivers, who was enrolled at Francis Marion College, was doing his student teaching at Wilson.  Getting a teaching job was a “just-in-case option,” he said.

  • The roots of education

    By Penelope D. McClenny
    For the Progressive Journal
    Kimberly Sampson vividly recalls roots covering the floor of her first classroom as a child, and few settings could be more perfect for the third-generation Chesterfield County educator.
    "I went to Petersburg. There was a huge tree on our playground and it had roots that came up out of the ground," Sampson said, describing her lessons as a 6-year-old pretend teacher. "I would be the teacher and some of my classmates would be my students."

  • Ruby resident named to Bachman Honor Society

    From release

    NEWBERRY – Sarah Johnson of Ruby has been inducted into the Bachman Honor Society at Newberry College.
    The society is named for the Rev. John Bachman, churchman and scholar and the main guiding force in the founding of Newberry College.
    Each year the society inducts new members from the top eight percent of the senior class. This year twelve seniors were selected.
    Johnson is an elementary and early childhood education major and a member of the Summerland Honors Community.

  • Eagles place 2nd in state competition

    Eight Central High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Competition in Greenville.
    Students competed in three different areas: team works, individual carpentry and residential wiring. 
    In Team Works, four-member teams build, wire, and plumb a structure, and then lay brick around part of it. 
    Central’s team finished second in the state. Team members were Michael Heffner, carpenter; Grant Mullis, brick mason; Noah Spriggle, electrician, and Bryce Oliver, plumber.

  • NETC announces summer session

    From release

    Northeastern Technical College’s summer session of five-week and 10-week classes online and at campuses begins May 15. A second five-week session begins June 19.

  • Grease is the word at Central

    It’s about high school and drama, and it is being performed by high-school drama students; so this year’s musical seemed to be an easy fit for Central High School students.
    But expectations, and a six-decade gap between the time of the musical and today’s students, made Central’s production of “Grease” a challenge, says actors and director Hannah McGuire.

  • Anti-bullying efforts working, say researchers

    Chesterfield County has made significant strides in training staff and teaching its students about bullying, say researchers studying the effort.
    On average, there has been a 28 percent decrease in students who reported being bullied and a 23 percent decrease in students who reported bullying others over the four years of the survey-based study.
    “Students are coming forward and asking for help,” said Matt Flege, a researcher from Clemson University.

  • The D-Toy Story

    When Natalie Melton stood before all of the teachers, all of the administrators and most of the staff of the Chesterfield County schools to speak, she was “nervous.”
    Melton knew how to manage a room full of kindergarten students at Edward Elementary.
    But as the district’s teacher of the year, it was Melton’s responsibility to inspire her peers at the start of last year’s school year.
    Melton did what she does best.
    She opened with a story about her first day as a first-year teacher.