• Chesterfield High ranks highest in county

    Chesterfield High School was highest ranking county school in the recent listing released by U.S. News and World Report.
    Chesterfield ranked 41st out of 221 schools in South Carolina.
    McBee ranked 85th, followed by Central, 104th,  and Cheraw, 135th.
    This is the first year that U.S. News and World Report has issued a comprehensive ranking of high schools nationwide.
    The top school in the country was Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston.
    Rankings were based on:
    ◆ The percent of college ready of students

  • SC Works moves in at NETC

    From release

    CHERAW – SC Works has opened an office at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw.
    SC Works brings employees and job seekers together, helping job seekers create resumes and cover letters, answer questions about their skills, and gain additional skills that improve their chances of finding a job. The SC Department of Employment  and Workforce reported SC Works helps more than 25,000 South Carolinians find work each year.

  • 15 graduate NETC’s Nursing Assistant program

    From release

    Fifteen students recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College’s Nursing Assistant Program.
    The program consists of 80 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of supervised clinical training. 

  • Doing it together

    When Erin Byrd saw her mother, Susan Pressley, and her principal, Caroline Miles, recently approach her on the playground, she didn’t give it a second thought.
    She sees her mom almost every day as Susan teaches part-time in the classroom across the hall.
    What Byrd didn’t see was a vase of flowers, the signal that her fellow teachers had picked her as Ruby Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.
    Remarkable educator, relates well to students, team player, are the words Miles uses to describe Byrd.

  • Petersburg’s matriarch

    At times, Candida Price can be called upon to be a nurse, a referee, a confidant, or an observer.
    Officially, her title is first-grade teacher at Petersburg Primary in Pageland.
    But she is so much more.
    Price is one of the matriarchs of the Petersburg community.
    She grew up there. She went to school with some of the parents who now have children at the primary school. She has a relationship with all her students’ parents.
    “We are family and family helps each other,” she says. 

  • The Power of Yes

    What kind of bird is Humpty Dumpty?
    Never even considered the question?
    Students in Crystal Tadlock’s fourth-grade class at Pageland Elementary may have some suggestions.
    They recently pondered the possibilities after Tadlock read  “After the Fall,” a children’s book that looks at the life of Humpty Dumpty after all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men tried to put Humpty together again.

  • 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."