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Chesterfield County
School District
401 West Blvd.
Chesterfield, S.C.

Four district teachers named finalists for Teacher of the Year award
By Ken Buck
Public Information Officer

Four Chesterfield County teachers have been named finalists for the district’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.
Emalee Bryant (Petersburg Primary), Laura Katherine Folger (McBee Elementary), Cammie Locklear (Chesterfield High), and Brandon Sanders (Chesterfield-Ruby Middle) were selected from among 16 school-level teachers of the year by a panel of judges who anonymously critiqued written responses to various topics.
The four finalists will now submit videotaped lessons to be critiqued by a team of judges outside of the county. The Chesterfield County School District Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual banquet on May 6.
The district’s school-level teachers of the year also includes Cassandra Bracey (Pageland Elementary), Amy Moser (Jefferson Elementary), Michelle Hatcher (New Heights Middle), Hannah McGuire (Central High), Shannon Outlaw (Plainview Elementary), Keith Stevens (McBee High), Chasity Lisenby (Edwards Elementary), Michele Adams (Ruby Elementary), Stephanie Rogers (Cheraw Primary), Heather Midgley (Cheraw Intermediate), Jessica Mason (Long Middle), and Shannon Johnson (Cheraw High).
Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that all sixteen Teacher of the Year candidates represent the district well.
“These teachers are the best of the best that we have to offer to our communities in the county,” he says. “Their dedication to the students is indicative of what we see daily in our schools.”
Central High instructor wins grant for program
Central High School Building Construction Instructor Robert Horton has been awarded a grant of over $1000 for use in his classes.
The grant comes from the Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina. Horton plans to use the grand monies to purchase dust collection equipment needed in the shop area of his classroom.
(Pictured: Horton assists two students in his class.)
Five district schools recognized by state for achievement
By Ken Buck
Public Information Officer

Five Chesterfield County schools have been recognized by the South Carolina State Department of Education’s Palmetto awards program for high achievement.
Cheraw High School, Chesterfield High School, Jefferson Elementary School, McBee Elementary School, and Ruby Elementary School were the schools in the district recognized for either general performance and/or closing the achievement gap.
Cheraw High won gold awards in both categories, Chesterfield High won a gold award for general performance, Jefferson Elementary earned a gold award in general performance and a silver award for closing the achievement gap, McBee Elementary won silver awards in both categories, and Ruby Elementary earned a gold award for general performance.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was founded in 1998.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that he is especially proud of the work that is exemplified by the awards in general performance.
“An award (in that category) shows that the achievement in the school is very high,” he says.
He added that he is also encouraged by the awards earned for closing the achievement gap as well.
“It shows that some good things are going on in our schools as we work to improve instruction,” he says.