Best Middle Schools in South Carolina (3 Charleston, 1 Berkeley, 1 Dorchester make Top 10)

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Schooldigger.com has ranked the top Middle Schools in the state of South Carolina.

303 schools were evaluated for this study and 5 area schools made the Top 10 for 2018 for the districts of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester including Buist Academy (#2), Montessori Community School (#3), Charleston School of Arts (#4), Rollings Middle School of the Arts (#5) and Daniel Island School (#6).

Here is a listing of the Top 10 and a link to the complete study results.

Top Middle Schools in South Carolina

  1. Sterling School – Greenville (18.1 Student / Teacher Ratio)
  2. Buist Academy – Charleston (16.8)
  3. Montessori Community School – Charleston (14.6)
  4. Charleston School of Arts – Charleston (15.8)
  5. Rollings Middle School of the Arts – Charleston (17.7)
  6. Daniel Island School – Berkeley (18.1)
  7. Langston Charter Middle – Greenville (16.6)
  8. Green Charter School – School Public Charter School District (16.6)
  9. Palmetto Scholars Academy – School Public Charter School District (16)
  10. Gold Hill Middle – York (16.1)

Complete Study Results of 303 Schools in South Carolina

 

Acceleration Academies opening first location in Charleston, S.C. to re-engage local high school drop-outs

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Looking to Re-engage Local High School Drop-Outs, South Carolina Public Charter School District Partners with Acceleration Academies

Charleston, SC – June 4, 2018 – Acceleration Academies has partnered with the South Carolina Public Charter School District and will be opening a location in Charleston, SC in September 2018. This is Acceleration Academies’ first location in South Carolina, and the seventh location nationwide.

The addition of the Charleston Acceleration Academy to the South Carolina Public Charter Schools portfolio of schools aims to increase district graduate numbers, enrich the local community, and to give every student within Charleston County a chance to earn a high school diploma tuition-free.

“The Academy’s goal is to make Charleston County a no-dropout community,” says Tom Ducker, Charleston Acceleration Academy Board Member.

Over 4,500 high school-aged students in Charleston County are currently not enrolled in traditional high schools due to a variety of factors such as needing to work to support themselves or their families, a lack of transportation or resources, or family caretaker obligations.

“CAA’s uniquely personalized and engaging education model is designed to provide the social, emotional and academic supports needed to re-engage high-risk and at-risk youth with their education and set them on the path towards graduation, careers and college,” says Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, Superintendent of Schools, Charleston County School District.

Acceleration Academies blended learning model allows students to work at their own learning pace, with the supports of a staff of highly trained certified teachers, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, social workers and life coaches.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Superintendent Postlewait and the South Carolina Public Charter School District in providing a second chance to so many young adults eager to re-engage in their high school education.” says Mark Graves, Acceleration Academies President. “These students need to be prepared for 21st century jobs in Charleston County and we’re going to do everything we can to help make that a reality.”

Acceleration Academies’ unique approach to alternative learning will serve to re-engage students in Charleston County who have left school, and the program will provide these young adults with the opportunity to earn their state-issued high school diploma outside of the traditional school setting.

Acceleration Academies Graduate (Class of 2018), Courtney Hayes, had this to say regarding the program, “Acceleration Academies has helped me become a more positive person and to not be afraid to reach my goals.”

Students who are currently eligible for grades 9-12 and are under the age of 21 are encouraged to apply.

“We encourage businesses, community /church leaders, law enforcement and parents to encourage students to seek our help,” says Nadine Deif, Charleston Acceleration Academy Board Chair. “Our job is to help the youth?become high school graduates and find a career path that’s right for them. The individuality of each student is respected and encouraged.”

About Acceleration Academies | You have the potential. We have the tools. This is your opportunity. #OwnYourSuccess

Watch a video of our unique approach and experience here: https://vimeo.com/176302168

Acceleration Academies is an innovative education partner helping young adults overcome real-life challenges to earn their district issued high school diploma tuition-free.

We do this by offering:

● Web-based curriculum and technology
● Individualized learning plans
● Hands-on life and career coaching

For more information, visit our website at www.accelerationacademy.org/charleston or email us at contact@accelerationacademy.org.

Drugrehab.com Offers Free Online Education and Resources for parents and teens about substance abuse, mental health and bullying

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Drugrehab.com, a free online resource that aims to educate parents and teens about adolescent substance abuse, mental health, and the road to recovery.

Resource officers have a wide range of duties on a school campus, including the assistance of preventing drug and alcohol abuse among students.

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About Drugrehab.com

We provide information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions.

At DrugRehab.com, our mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery. We are here to help you or your loved one every step of the way.

SC Works Trident Partners Trident Technical College on Incarcerated Veteran Re-Entry Program

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PROGRAM’S FIRST GRADUATES RELEASED AND EMPLOYED

CHARLESTON, S.C. (MARCH 20, 2018) — An incarcerated veteran’s transition back into society is often long and arduous. A new re-entry program at MacDougall Correctional Institution, led by SC Works Trident career counselor Scott Cook, helps participants re-enter into society with a purpose, education, training and a job.

SC Works Trident is partnering with Trident Technical College on its $250,000 Veterans’ Education and Transition Support (VETS) Re-entry grant project, designed to provide training and supportive services to 48 participants. Of the first nine released graduates who completed training last December, six obtained construction-related full-time jobs.

Cook, the grant’s program coordinator, works with veterans incarcerated for nonviolent crimes who are 180 days or fewer from release

SC Works Trident Scott Cook

and attend training classes four times a week for approximately sixteen weeks.

“It’s an opportunity to truly turn things around for these guys,” Cook said. “Most students surrender good time credit for early release so they can join the program and gain the skills needed for a stable re-entry into society.”

The classroom in the MacDougall GED Center looks like most any other. Open textbooks, highlighted notes and a slideshow on carpentry skills displays at the front. Cook guides students as they receive hands-on training and works with each individual to set them up for a successful future.

The success of the program’s job placement is attributable largely in part to Cook’s follow-ups once enrollees are released. Cook checks in periodically to ensure graduates are happily employed and to see if they need any assistance.

“Staying in touch and sustaining the momentum are incredibly important. We’re not going to send anyone out there without proper support,” Cook said. “For instance, two of my Summerville students needed housing assistance, so we secured spots at the Fresh Start halfway house, which also provides them with transportation to and from work.”

The strength of the innovative program lies in its collaborative structure, with Cook providing overall coordination of project activities. MacDougall Correctional Institution offers a specialized veterans housing unit and a wealth of supportive services. Trident Technical College provides construction industry job training and grant management.

Non-profit partners, including Military Community Connection, Palmetto Warrior Connection, Goodwill, and the VA Medical Center, provide critical supportive services, including soft skills and work readiness training, professional development seminars, housing support, health and wellness activities, and connections to community support.

For more information, contact Scott Cook at (843) 574-1835 or email scook@eckerd.org.

About SC Works Trident

SC Works Trident helps individuals find their dream career at any age and any stage of their lives, and includes one-stop centers in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. SC Works Trident offers a variety of services to help employers and job seekers meet their workforce development needs, such as skills assessment testing and on-the-job training programs. For the latest on SC Works, visit tridentscworks.org and like us on Facebook.

Top Ten Misconceptions Folks Have About Charleston, SC

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Around the country and the world, visitors have been flocking to Charleston, SC. by plane, car and boat to witness the spectacular beauty, historic significance, cultural renaissance and true southern hospitality our city has to offer.? With all the media, comes awareness.? Though our name and face are more pronounced than ever before, not everyone truly knows the Charleston and the South we all know.? As a result, some folks may have a few misconceptions about who we are.

We want to shed a little light on the situation and help you all out by knocking down some of those false ideas.

  • We are not in North Carolina.? For some reason, many of you in the North think we are Charlotte.? Even when we correct you, you still think we are in North Carolina.? The country does actually extend further south and we are in the heart of South Carolina.? Proud and true of our South Carolina coastal home.
  • There are a few rumors that we are “slow” or “dumb”.? A few little facts that may change your mind.? The Citadel is the #1 Public School in the South for the 4th straight year.? The College of Charleston MBA program ranks 3rd in the nation for percentage of graduates finding careers within six months of graduation.? Charleston Southern University is ranked #93 in the US News and Worlds Report Best Southern Schools in their 2015 report.
  • Always with a smile
    Always with a smile

    We genuinely like to say hello and smile.? Many of you that have recently visited for the first time may notice us locals making eye contact, smiling and saying hello to you.? It isn’t part of a master marketing plan or a shot at other areas of the country where the cultural norm is to avoid one another.? We really enjoy meeting you all and making your acquaintance.

  • We don’t believe the South won the Civil War.? Yes, the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston.? Yes, the most number of slaves that came into the United States came through the Charleston port.? Yes, there is a rich historic heritage of plantations and slave ownership in this region.? Yet, we are fully aware of history and we embrace all perspectives and views.? Our tour guides, historians and history buffs believe in family, tradition and preservation and that includes not just our region, but the country as a whole.
  • We have a thriving business community.? With the additional of Boeing to compliment PeopleMatter, Benefitfocus, Blue Acorn and the incoming Volvo facility in Berkeley County, Charleston is becoming a thriving business community.? We are no longer built around health care, hospitality and small business.? Look at the many awards we have received in investment funding and development.? Some still think we survive only on hospitality (hotels, restaurants) and the hospital system, but are are so much more than that.
  • The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge / Cooper River Bridge is the longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere at 2.5 miles in length.? Some of you have heard that and said “this isn’t the longest bridge in the United States let alone the Western Hemisphere.”? You are correct, it is the longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere only behind Sutong Bridge in Chine.? A cable stay bridge is one that uses cables attached to towers to support a roadway.? In a very specific category, we are the largest.
  • We don’t just eat fried food and grits.? Charleston is a very health conscious city that thrives on its health and wellness businesses and lifestyle.? From Five Loaves to Verde to Gathering Cafe, Charleston offers a thriving list of dining options for the health minded individual.? With a strong community of yoga, bikers, runners and adventure seekers, Charleston is a haven for a lifestyle of health conscious resident.
  • We don’t just listen to country music.? We aren’t Nashville, TN, Austin, TX or New York City, but have a diverse and well rounded music scene.? With venues that include the Charleston Pour House, Music Farm and Charleston Music Hall, Charleston welcomes musical talents from all around the area to express openly their vision through music and lyrical poetry.? In fact, Awendaw, SC hosts a weekly Barn Jam? every Wednesday, 52 weeks a year, showcasing original singer/songwriters in an open outdoor setting.? This venue that includes outdoor live original music, a food truck, bonfires, play area for kids, dancing spot for fans and even a goat is our local scaled down version of Woodstock.? At $5.00 with BYO anything, it is a community party every week.
  • We don’t just own flip flops for foot attire.? Is it true that some people have flip flops in every color of the rainbow? Yes.? Is it true that some have a pair for every month of the year? Yes? Is it true that flip flops define a lifestyle? Yes.? Some would even say “barefoot” defines a lifestyle.? We do get classy and? dressed up on many occasions donning Aldo, pumps, heels and cowboy boots.? You may even witness some gals wearing high heels to church on Sunday.
  • We are not all raging sports fans that drive pick up trucks.? Many of us are and we are pretty darn proud of our teams.? It is true, you do not mess with SEC football in Charleston.? Ever.? We won’t turn on you, throw you in the back of the pick up and dump you in the pond or anything, but….? On game day Saturday, bars have crowds, we put on our jersey’s and start our day early with a couple of beers in the shower, but many of us find other ways of entertainment.? Charleston has a robust festival circuit, shopping and attractions scene to meet all locals and tourist needs.? You won’t find all of us drunk at noon glued to a TV set.

There you go, ten misconceptions about Charleston.? We hope we cleared the air and gave you a better understanding of our quaint little city of Charleston.

 

Charleston Based Blackbaud Empowers “The Connected School” at Annual K-12 User Conference

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CHARLESTON, S.C., July 13, 2017 —?Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today welcomed hundreds of change-makers for its annual three day K-12 user conference. Private school professionals from across the sector convened in Boston to discuss industry best practices, collaborate with peers, participate in over 90 hands-on training sessions and hear from company executives.

“We designed this event to further educate, connect and support private school administrators and staff who make so much possible in the world,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Solutions. “We are working every day to deliver on what you need to ensure your school stays competitive, innovative and sustainable. Our priority is to revolutionize the way private schools operate by creating one solution for school data that enables schools to better achieve their goals.”

Blackbaud’s President and CEO, Mike Gianoni, kicked off the conference reflecting on the company’s rapid innovation highlighting stories of customer success and making commitments to continue delivering purpose-built, high-impact, integrated and open solutions for K-12 private schools.

Dr. Natalie W. Nixon, design strategist at Figure 8 Thinking and founding director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University, joined as opening keynote to share some of the disruptive thinking around inventiveness, play and the future of learning that has been transforming the field of education over the past decade.

Blackbaud highlights latest innovation in response K-12 community needs:

  • Unmatched efficiency to private schools through one solution
  • Rapid innovation and advancements powered by Blackbaud SKY?
  • High-velocity enhancements conceptualized by the community
  • A doubling of Blackbaud Partner Network? providers to expand solution offerings for K-12 private schools

“We’ve completed a significant number of ideas from our K-12 community such as?rubrics, schedule maker improvements, gradebook enhancements and contracts integration with Smart Tuition? and onBoard?,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud’s president and CEO. “We know that adopting intelligent solutions has moved from important to critical in the K-12 space, and our Intelligence for Good? approach — combining big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and expertise — in the our solutions can help schools optimize that data to make strategic decisions.”

Blackbaud’s Chief Technology Officer, Mary Beth Westmoreland, shared more on the company’s open cloud innovation, including SKY API? and SKY Reporting?. Westmoreland and her team discussed roadmap plans that resulted from customer feedback in the areas of: helping schools turn student data into actionable insights, communicating performance, problem-solving for the registrar’s office and more.

Blackbaud will wrap its third and final day of its K-12 user conference on Friday, July 14. To learn more about its annual K-12 User Conference, visit http://k12.blackbaud.com/bbk12uc/. For more information about Blackbaud’s K-12 solutions, visit k12.blackbaud.com.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit?www.blackbaud.com.

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Joye Law Firm Awards Six College Scholarships to South Carolina High School Graduates

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The Charleston, S.C. law firm has selected students from Stratford High School, North Myrtle Beach High School, Lexington High School, Carvers Bay High School, Hanahan High School and Summerville High School to receive $2,000 college scholarships.

CHARLESTON, SC, June 28, 2017?— Joye Law Firm is proud to announce that it has selected six South Carolina seniors to receive $2,000 Joye in the Community scholarships, as part of the firm’s eleventh annual scholarship contest.

The winners include Sarah McDowell of Stratford High School in Goose Creek, SC; Keyana Durant of North Myrtle Beach High School in Little River, SC; Liam Myhill of Lexington High School in Lexington, SC; Armani Sumpter of Carvers Bay High School in Hemingway, SC; Mariam Amireh of Hanahan High School in Hanahan, SC; and Jeremy Flood of Summerville High School in Summerville, SC.

“We’re very pleased to extend awards to these six students,” said Joye Law Firm’s Managing Partner Ken Harrell. “Each is very deserving, and we are sure that they have a bright future.”

The Joye Law Firm scholarship program has awarded nearly $175,000 to college-bound seniors from across South Carolina.

“Our goal has always been to give back to our local communities and to ensure that we recognize and reward the outstanding students,” said Harrell.

The contest, which ran from January 1 through April 1, selected students based on a thorough review of their completed application, transcripts, community involvement and creative entry, which demonstrated the dangers associated with drunk and distracted driving.

Each year, Joye Law Firm receives scholarship entries from across South Carolina. This year, the firm received a record number of applications.

“It was extremely difficult to choose only six students, but it showed us just how intelligent, talented and ambitious our future generation of leaders truly is and how we should expect great things from them,” concluded Harrell.

Leading by Example

To recognize the importance of giving back to the community, Joye Law Firm established Joye in the Community–a year-round program that encompasses the firm’s community and service efforts. The initiative is designed to enrich the lives of everyone involved in the program and raise awareness about the needs of those in the Clinton, Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas.

About Joye Law Firm

Joye Law Firm has been providing legal services to the people of South Carolina since 1968. The firm of accomplished South Carolina injury and disability attorneys offers more than 130 years of combined litigation experience. Visit www.joyelawfirm.com to learn more.

A Country Divided by Education, Rural and Urban: An Analytical Look at Election Day by the Numbers

By Mark A. Leon

To say there were extreme swings in voter sentiment based on educational background, rural and urban facets, and perspectives on foreign residents would be a gross understatement.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a small margin on Tuesday and a number of states saw a 1% – 2% overall margin, but the close separation between the two presidential candidates stopped there.? The real story of the election was how the country voted based on education, geography and ethnicity.? This is a telling story.

Popular Vote:

Hillary Clinton:? 60,467,601
Donald Trump:? 60,072, 551
Margin:? 395,050 (.0033%)

After the dust settled, nearly 2.3 billion dollars was spent in a mug slinging brawl between the two candidates in the media, social media and in the debate halls.? Looking at the numbers, was the spending necessary?? The voters that don’t frequent urban sectors, rarely find their way to a television camera or see the spotlight were not a focal point in preliminary election polling.? Their voice wasn’t heard in the media airwaves, but sent shivers down the spine of a country on Election Day.

A statement was made on Tuesday.? A grand statement of deafening proportions and one that could change history and politics forever.

Over the next few weeks, extreme views will be shared including a Change.org petition to ask the Electoral College to dismiss the results and vote in Hillary on December 19th.? From images of the Ku Klux Klan to violent protests around the country, this is a country still divided days after the final vote was tallied and the imagery being shared is sending extreme emotions into most American and global households.

Look closely on how divided this nation was and some realizations may come to light about where we stand as a country:

Counties won with at least 45% or more of the population African American

Hillary Clinton:? 85%
Donald Trump: 15%

Counties with 30% or more of the population foreign born

Hillary Clinton: 71.4%
Donald Trump: 28.6%

Counties where less than 505 of the population is white

Hillary Clinton: 83.8%
Donald Trump: 16.2%

Counties with populations 10,000 or less

Hillary Clinton: 6.3%
Donald Trump: 93.7%

Counties where less than 20% of adults have bachelor’s degrees

Hillary Clinton: 7.8%
Donald Trump: 92.2%

Counties where the median household income is less than $50,000

Hillary Clinton: 11.5%
Donald Trump: 88.5%

Counties where there is less than 5% of the population foreign born

Hillary Clinton: 8.1%
Donald Trump: 91.9%

Counties where at least 50% of adults have bachelor’s degrees

Hillary Clinton: 79.1%
Donald Trump 20.9%

Rural Counties

Hillary Clinton: 9.5%
Donald Trump: 90.5%

 

These are jaw dropping numbers about rural and urban decisiveness, education and views on foreign residents and immigration.? It also tells a story about where the United States stands.? We proclaim in the documentation of our forefathers that we are a nation united with the same freedoms for all.? These votes are clearly telling a different reality.

In any election, questions will arise and the call for reform will be expressed.? Should we eliminate the Electoral College?? Should we look more closely at the two party system? Are all represented citizens truly being represented?? Is our national government broken?

As American’s we have that right to petition and organize and should continue to share and be heard.? In the course of human history, it is evident that things will change.? Whether for the better or worse, time will tell.

 

 

 

Porter-Gaud School Class of 1969 – Looking Back at Our Past

You find the most unexpected treasures when you aren’t even looking.

My first indication, when I found The Polygon 1969 Porter-Guad School Yearbook was, why would anyone throw this away?? Had someone passed away?? Did they not want to think back on the past?? So many questions, ran through my mind.? In the end, I saw a 100 plus page look at Charleston’s history.

We imagine many of these faces still reside and have been contributing members of the community and for that we thank you.? As we thumbed through the pages, we were astonished at the level of education of the faculty, the reminders of youth and the trends of almost 50 years ago, that we look back upon now fondly.

Take a seat and let us walk you through a moment 47 year ago, when a ground of young adults had their whole lives to look forward to.? From the hair, to the sense of camaraderie, Porter-Gaud reminds us that school is a valued part of our lives.

Maybe you might see a familiar face or two along the way.

The Polygon 1969 – Porter-Gaud School Yearbook – Charleston, South Carolina

Look at the quality of that cover
Look at the quality of that cover

 

A little wear over the years
A little wear over the years

 

Does the faculty room ever change?
Does the faculty room ever change?

 

We always remember the dedication - The one that inspired so many
We always remember the dedication – The one that inspired so many

 

Back then we put home addresses on the senior profiles
Back then we put home addresses on the senior profiles

 

Turns out Mr. Clean is from Charleston
Turns out Mr. Clean is from Charleston

 

Let us never forget the jocks
Let us never forget the jocks

 

And the cheerleaders that loved them
And the cheerleaders that loved them

 

A fine lineup of faculty
A fine lineup of faculty

 

Let us not forget the little tots.
Let us not forget the little tots.

 

Smile!! You are a candid moment
Smile!! You are a candid moment

 

Religious Life was a part of the daily routine
Religious Life was a part of the daily routine

 

Miss Polygon and Miss Runner Up - Rumor is: Miss Polygon resides on Sullivan's Island
Miss Polygon and Miss Runner Up – Rumor is: Miss Polygon resides on Sullivan’s Island

 

A censored pic slipped in.
A censored pic slipped in.

 

Juniors are waiting in the wings.
Juniors are waiting in the wings.

 

Girls, take your pick
Girls, take your pick

 

Some happy underclassman
Some happy underclassman

 

This was the group to be seen with.
This was the group to be seen with.

 

This is the way a football coach should look
This is the way a football coach should look

 

A rugged wrestlers
A rugged wrestlers

 

Look at the extra-curricular activities. If he doesn't manage a hedge fund now...
Look at the extra-curricular activities. If he doesn’t manage a hedge fund now…

 

We had to include "Lumberjack" Jackson
We had to include “Lumberjack” Jackson

 

Of course we have "Hebrew"
Of course we have “Hebrew”

 

We hope you enjoyed this look back.? Now it is time to enter the time machine and return to present time.

 

Mount Pleasant Middle School Teacher Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

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Thomas C. Cario Middle School Teacher Receives Presidential Award

Charleston, SC — This week, President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of CCSD’s own, Rebecca Strong, a sixth grade science teacher at Cario Middle, was among those to earn this distinction.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country and is among one of the highest forms of recognition a K-12 math or science teacher can earn. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.

Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in kindergarten through 6thgrade (2014), and those teaching 7ththrough 12thgrades (2015). Strong was one of only two educators selected as a recipient for 2014 in the state of South Carolina.

Strong is in her 28th year of teaching, having first taught at Laing Middle for ten years, followed by Cario Middle since it opened in 1999. Strong has taught both sixth and seventh grade science, and is now teaching the children of her former students as a result of her long time service in education.

Throughout the course of her career, Strong has led students in various science clubs and has served as science department chairperson for over 14 years. She has also served on school leadership and steering committees, and was involved in the planning of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Camp Leopold. Strong was named the Cario Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2002.

Strong graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science. She is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence Science and is a member of several organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, the South Carolina Science Council, and the Charleston Reading Council.

“What a tremendous honor it is to have this award bestowed upon one of our educators,” said CCSD Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.“We are very proud of Rebecca and her exemplary leadership and practices in the classroom.”

Winners of the PAEMST receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. Strong and other awardees are invited to Washington, D.C., on September 8 for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

Rebecca Strong Bio

Thomas C. Cario Middle School Website

Contact:? Andy Pruitt 843-937-6583