Richland 2 Child Development Center curriculum specialist Terri Butts has received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence from the National Education Association Foundation.
The award recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.
Butts will be recognized as one of the nation’s top educators during the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala Feb. 13 in Washington, DC.
“Terri has been selected for this award by her peers because she has attained the highest teaching standards, as shown by her exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession, attention to diversity, leadership in professional development, and engagement of parents and community,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.
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Butts was nominated by the South Carolina Education Association, the state’s National Education Association affiliate.
“Terri Butts is an advocate for public education, a person of outstanding character and a servant leader,” said Kristen Eubanks, principal at Bridge Creek Elementary, where Butts previously worked. “When Terri speaks, people listen and positive changes occur.”
Richland 2 Superintendent Debbie Hamm said Butts has “displayed a kind of dedication and passion for teaching and learning that few can replicate.”
Butts has worked in education nearly 20 years. She taught second and third grades in Kershaw and Richland counties before assuming her current position. She was named Richland 2’s Teacher of the Year for 2012-13.
Cardinal Newman claims seventh Quiz Bowl title
Cardinal Newman High School’s Quiz Bowl Team recently won the SCISA Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament for the seventh consecutive year.
The team claimed the region title against Hammond School, Northside Christian Academy, and St. Joseph School in Greenville.
The academic competition includes general knowledge questions and curriculum-specific topics.
Cardinal Newman team members include Alex Cunningham, Drew Gustafson, Jordan Hermann, Daisy Johnston, Lee Khoury and Clover Robichaud.
The team is coached by Tony Haughey and Geralyn Swygert.
Lexington 2 students honored for safety video
A team of Brookland-Cayce High School students recently tied for first place in the video division of the “It Can Wait” texting and driving essay and video competition.
Junior David Capers and seniors Nicholas Jeffcoat and Franklin Harris received the honor for their upbeat video that prompts students to put their phones down while driving.
The team received a $250 prize.
The “It Can Wait” competition is sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, and the winning entries highlight the dangers of texting while driving and encourage students to take the It Can Wait pledge.
The winning essay, videos and student photos can be downloaded at scpress.org/ItCanWait.