The reason God made teachers


School district opens 2015-2016 with Convocation

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall addresses those in attendance during the district’s 2015-2016 Opening Session on Tuesday.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times District Safety and Security Coordinator Randy Crocker, left, and District Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Ireton, right, draw names of school district employees for prize giveaways.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District held its 2015-2016 Opening Session Convocation Tuesday morning at Union County High School.

Those in attendance were welcomed by Jane Wilkes — member of the Union County Board of School Trustees. Board members and administrators were seated on the stage, while faculty and staff of Union County Schools were seated in the audience. During the welcome, Wilkes pointed out that she sat in the audience for 33 years as a former teacher at the high school.

“If these are VIP seats on stage, then your seats are MIP — Most Important People,” Wilkes said. “No matter where you’re sitting, you have an opportunity to make a tremendous impact on students. You’re not told how much, as teachers, you’re appreciated. Thank you for loving our children — for encouraging them, advising them, praising them and inspiring them.”

Wilkes encouraged teachers to choose to be happy and make a difference. Wilkes said that unfortunately there are some local homes in which children do not hear compliments or encouragement.

“That’s why the good Lord made teachers,” she said. “The board of trustees appreciates the job you do.”

The Union County JROTC conducted the posting of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, and an invocation was given by the Rev. Keith Morrison.

Each of the 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year were recognized, and perfect attendance awards were presented by District Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Ireton.

The keynote speaker of the event was Upstate Regional Workforce Adviser Cherie B. Pressley. Pressley has been a Spartanburg County resident and educator for more than 28 years. She graduated from Blacksburg High School and has an M.ED. from The University of South Carolina and a bachelor of science degree from Winthrop University. She holds South Carolina Professional Teaching Credentials in a Master’s class and has 30 years of experience in education and workforce development, with experience in the classroom, guidance, counseling, curriculum development and training in various educational and workforce development settings. She has been a trainer for the South Carolina Department of Education and The Southern Regional Education Board.

During her speech on Tuesday, Pressley shared workforce needs and commended the Union County School District on its efforts to promote soft skills and provide academic and career courses students need for the workforce.

“The economic future of the Upstate depends on developing relevant curriculum in K-12 and higher education, communicating need, and providing appropriate experiences to meet educational and workforce development needs,” Pressley said. “Economic growth depends on our students, and careful planning is imperative for a prosperous economy.”

Following the keynote address, door prizes donated by various local businesses were distributed as names of district employees were drawn at random.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall addresses those in attendance during the district’s 2015-2016 Opening Session on Tuesday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0023.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall addresses those in attendance during the district’s 2015-2016 Opening Session on Tuesday.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times District Safety and Security Coordinator Randy Crocker, left, and District Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Ireton, right, draw names of school district employees for prize giveaways.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0020.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times District Safety and Security Coordinator Randy Crocker, left, and District Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Ireton, right, draw names of school district employees for prize giveaways.
School district opens 2015-2016 with Convocation

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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