NEWS YOU NEED
USC Upstate/ District 6 Internship Program
Teacher to Teacher 2012‐2013 Placements
Gable Middle, Anderson Mill Elementary
South Carolina Teaching Fellows Meet U.S.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Future teachers tour Washington, D.C. as part of
their Sophomore Experience in May 2012
Teaching Fellows and campus directors from the
following institutions were involved: Charleston
Southern, College of Charleston, Newberry College,
University of South Carolina, USC-Upstate,
and Winthrop University
Included in this picture from USC Upstate are the following
students: SYDNEY JO COX; MEGAN NICOLE
HARBIN; REBECCA MILLS; KAYLA ADAIR
DELASHMET; LAUREN BLANTON
The School of Education welcomes,
TAN, Xinyi (Juliette), ZHOU, Xuan
(Patty), LI, Lixing (Lily), YU, Tianchen
(Tina) from Guangdong University of
Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China.
They are here for a year to take
courses in education in addition to their
general education studies.
Designed to support and increase the productivity
of male students interested in majoring
in teacher education, the Teaching Man
Program offers a course in which the enrollees
mentor young at‐risk youth, while at the same time
participate in leadership building activities. Are you
a male pre‐service teacher who is interested in making
a difference? Contact Dr. Holly Pae to learn more
about the benefits of the Teaching Man Program.
SOE IN THE SUMMERTIME (con�nued)
2012, held on campus in
June, served 21 campers who
learned manners, etiquette
and life skills. Instruction included
and others, how to start a
conversation, handshaking, eye contact, thank you notes,
table manners, telephone, email and online etiquette,
poise and posture, making a good first impression, leadership,
and other life
skills. Campers played
games and created skits
as they learned and enacted
The Golden Rule:
treating others as they
would like to be treated.
USC Upstate Math and Science Camp 2012 was attended by 23 campers
ages 6-12. The 5 adult counselors facilitated active hands and minds with numerous
math and science projects. Volcanoes, rockets, bubbles, flight, and birds of prey were
just a few of this summers’ projects. Students also enjoyed lots of free and organized
play time in the Upstate Wellness Center play rooms and pool. This camp is looking to
double the fun and learning
by expanding to a two week
camp for next summer.
Holy Communion Church’s Youth
CONFERENCES & OPPORTUNITIES
Joining professional organizations as
a student is a smart thing to do! As
you look forward to your career as a
student and as an educator, you will
want to show membership and participation
in professional organizations.
Not only will you have access to workshops,
meetings and conferences to
increase your knowledge, but you will
also be building artifacts as a part of
your portfolio in the process.
Here is a list of some upcoming conference opportunities:
6th Annual Fall Center of Excellence Workshop
Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty
September 29th; 8 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Francis Marion University
SCIRA Fall Literacy Workshop
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Harbison West Elementary School, Columbia, SC
8:00 am ‐ 2:00 pm
Topics include: Common Core State Standards information,
reading and writing strategies, technology updates,
vocabulary ideas, and many more topics!!
All for only $50 (member price) TEACH members are
members of SCIRA
Registration information online at www.scira.org
SC Council of Teachers of Math Fall Conference
October 11‐12, 2012
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
SC Science Council
2012 Regional Conference (Upstate)
October 13, 2012 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
McCracken Middle School, Spartanburg
SC Council for the Social Studies
September 27‐29, 2012
Hyatt Regency Greenville
Sign up for membership in the South Carolina
Reading Association. Faculty $10.00/year.
Students $5.00/year. Faculty that renew or join
before October 15 will be entered for a chance
to win a restaurant gift card.
Students may join SCIRA (state council) and
SCCIRA (Spartanburg County) for only $5!
Information about SCIRA can be found at
www.scira.org * Information about IRA can be
found at www.reading.org
All memberships should be sent to:
163 McDonald Farms Dr.
Chesnee, SC 29323
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
School of Education Faculty/Staff Changes and
Updates Fall 2012:
Dr. Jim Charles: Interim Dean * Dr. Pam Wash: Interim Administrator,
Director of Distance Educa�on, Associate Professor * Dr. Greta Freeman: Associate Professor
* Dr. Lori Tanner: addi�onal new role as Director of QEP, Assistant Professor * Ms.
Phyllis Williams: Director of the Teacher Cadet Program, and Co‐Director of the Teaching Fellows
Program * Mr. Isaac McKissick: Director of the Teaching Man Program * Ms. Lori Kopf:
Graduate Programs Administra�ve Assistant
Dr. Kela Goodman,
earned her Ph.D. in
Language and Literacy,
is now an Assistant
Professor in the
SoE. She has been at
Upstate for four
years as a full time
instructor in the
she taught four and
five year old children
in Summerville, SC
and worked as a
Literacy Coach with
the South Carolina
here in her
hometown of Spartanburg.
Dr. Julie P. Jones joins the School of Education this fall after 13 years in various
public and residential school settings. She received her doctorate in Curriculum &
Instruction from Clemson University in 2009, her MA in
Elementary Administration from USC Columbia in 2002,
and her BA in Deaf Education from Converse College in
1999. Her research interests include the professional development
of teachers, addressing the needs of an inclusive
classroom, legal issues related to special education, and
motivation theory as it relates to student achievement. Dr.
Jones is married with 2 young girls, ages 3 and 4. In addition to her publications in
academic journals, Dr. Jones has published multiple devotions and works as the social
media director for www.christiandevotions.us.
Two of the semi‐finalists for the Sumter School District Teacher of
the Year are USC Upstate Sumter graduates: Tiffany
Ardis (2008), 4 th grade science and math teacher at
Manchester Elementary and Trevor Ivy (2006), a 6 th
grade middle school science teacher at Alice Drive
Middle School. Trevor has earned the title of Sumter
District 2012 Teacher of the Year. Tiffany received
both her undergraduate and Master’s (2010) from
the USC Upstate Sumter program. According to Dr.
Marilyn Izzard, Director of the Sumter campus program,
“I am very proud of these former students and
their contributions to the Sumter District. Tiffany
and Trevor are products of our concerted efforts in
the area of leadership preparation, a significant and
unique mark of our Sumter program. ”
Laura Lyles, a first‐grade teacher at Kingsbury Elementary
School in Sumter, was recently honored by the University of
South Carolina Alumni Association and was awarded the Outstanding
Young Alumni Award. Lyles earned her education
degree from USC Upstate. Lyles (on left) is pictured with Erica
Christmas, Director or Alumni Relations for USC Sumter.
Dr. Judy Beck
as the cochair
of the Association
MA. from Dr.
Anne Shelly, ATE
Beck was also recently
named the Executive Director for the
South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators
NEWS YOU CAN USE
From Directed Teaching Field Coordinator, Mrs. Debbie Whittingham:
Fall 2013 Student Teaching information will be posted in September. Please check for emails
and SoE homepage for information.
�� Fall 2012 Student Teachers are working hard in their placements. The student teachers spent Saturday, August 11
with Mrs. Whittingham reviewing the requirements for the 14 week experience.
Fall 2012 Cooperating Teachers, Student Teachers, and Upstate Supervisors had their Orientation Meeting on Monday,
August 27 th in the CLC Ballroom.
Fall 2012 Student Teachers will be meeting to review with Mrs. Whittingham the “LAW for Teachers” on September
13 th at 4:30 in HEC 2001. The presentation will be from 4:30 to 6:00.
October 2 nd ‐ Fall 2012 Student Teachers will be attending the Diversity Conference in Columbia. Details will be
provided closer to the date.
Clinical placements have been requested for all majors. Those will come back to Mrs. Whittingham from the districts
and once she gains each clinical placement, Mrs. Whittingham will get those to each clinical professor.
Each and every clinical student must have a valid SLED report and NSO Registry check. Until your professor has accounted
for your SLED and NSO, students will not be allowed to visit a school to begin their clinical work.
Please be patient…your placement will come from your professor!!
Once you gain your placement, please make sure you contact that host clinical teacher by email to set up your first visit
to the classroom.
Do not put off your clinical work at the schools. Get your hours and work completed as soon as possible.
Present the letter from your clinical professor and get the log signed at each visit.
Many of our graduates in all education majors have been hired for the 2012‐13 school year. It is exciting to see so many
being hired even today!! During the week of August 27 th , there were 2 elementary graduates hired within that week!!
The jobs are opening up so you must be outstanding in all your placements so that you are an intern that a school wants
Of the five Secondary Math majors in the Spring, all five were hired! Had there been others, they would have had a job
also!! Several of those students had contracts signed before graduation!!! Mrs. Whittingham will work with students
during their student teaching semester on employment opportunities.
Remember that every visit to a school is an interview!! Let’s make sure that Upstate SoE teacher candidates are at the
top of the employment list!!
Questions about any and all placements can be answered by Mrs. Whittingham at email@example.com
Preparing for the Praxis?
Get advice from an expert!
PRAXIS WORKSHOP REGISTRATION
Mail to: PSTA, 2015 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
OR visit www.palmettoteachers.org to register online!
PHONE: _________________EMAIL: ______________________
CHECK THE WORKSHOPS YOU WILL ATTEND:
( ) PRAXIS I – $10
( ) PRAXIS II/PLT – Members: $10 Non‐members: $25
Payment Method: By enclosed check #: ________ or
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Palmetto State Teachers Association office
2015 Assembly Street
By credit card: VISA or MASTERCARD (circle one)
Card no.: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
Exp: _________ Last 3 Digits on the back of the card: __ __ __
SOE IN THE SUMMERTIME
Patrick O’Brien was pictured in the
Spartanburg Herald Journal on June
21, 2012. Patrick, a candidate in the
Learning Disability Program, served
as a teacher for the Spartanburg District
7 and BELL (Building Educated
Leaders for Life) partnership. During
this five-week program, three District
7 schools — Mary H. Wright, Chapman
Elementary and Carver Middleoffered
classes to about 400 students
in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Patrick was the science teacher at
the Mary H Wright site. He is commended
for providing engaging
hands-on science activities to his
The Sumter campus Student Education
Organization board members
participated in Alice Drive Middle
School Community Extravaganza.
Each member brought homemade
goodies in hopes to raise funds for
SEO before school even started!
Their booth featured delicious delights
such as lemon bars, brownies,
muffins, and cookies. Their efforts
raised $64.00! Leftovers were purchased
by the 20th Component
Maintenance Squadron from Shaw
Air Force Base for a donation of
$24.00.That’s a total of $88.00 to be
directed towards SEO functions and
conference registrations for education
Dr. Jim Charles, Interim
Dean of the School of Education,
enjoyed a visit
with family in Pittsburgh,
PA. After lunches at
Primanti's and Wholey's,
he and his sons, Michael
and Anthony, spent time
at PNC Park where they
watched Charles' favorite
team, the Pittsburgh Pirates
in a 3‐game series
against the San Diego Padres. The Pirates are contending for a playoff spot
for the first time in 20 years. In the picture Charles is flashing the "Zoltan
Z," the rally symbol of this year's Pirates squad.
Teachers should constantly seek opportunities that build upon
their development as professionals. These professional development
opportunities may range from required attendance at teacher
workshops to leisure trips with a religious organization. From July
16, 2012 to July 22, 2012, I had the opportunity to attend a religious
youth convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. I had intended for
this experience to build upon my religious faith, but not to simultaneously
build upon my development as an educator. While in New
Orleans, I was immersed in a culture and a regional history that
were unfamiliar to me. The unique cultural encounters I experienced
in New Orleans included: exploring the rich cultural history
of New Orleans, hearing Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Leymah
Gabowee, discuss her work in promoting peace in the African nation
of Liberia, interacting with survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and
participating in the rebuilding of areas of
Holy Communion Church’s New Orleans Youth that were destroyed by Hurricane
Katrina. These experiences have reshaped
my definition of multicultural education
and what it means to share different
cultural identities with children.
2012 USC Upstate Graduate
Current M.Ed. Student
T E A C h and SEO
What is TEACh? Any USC Upstate SoE student is welcome to come
be a part of TEACh (Teachers Educating All Children) student organization.
There is no cost to join! The TEACh organization aims to
help students get out in the classroom now, gain valuable experience
and knowledge for the future, and network with people who can help
them when they begin their careers in education. TEACh meets 3
times each semester to learn and discuss relevant topics in education,
hear and engage with experienced guest speakers, and plan service
activities for schools and classes in our community. In addition to
attending the whole‐group meetings, TEACh members participate in
at least 5 hours of service in any area of education throughout the
school year. Many TEACh members assist in area schools and with
TEACh‐sponsored events such as the USC Upstate Scholastic Book
Fair, Canned Food Drive, and Praxis I review sessions.
TEACh Spartanburg Meeting Dates/Times
September 13th: Back to School Meeting 5 pm- 6 pm
October 11th: Guest Speaker 5 pm- 6 pm
November 8th: Guest Speaker 5 pm- 6 pm
December: No meeting
the Sumter campus.
January 17th: Guest Speaker 5 pm- 6 pm
February 7th: Guest Speaker 5 pm- 6 pm
March 14th: Guest Speaker 5 pm- 6 pm
April 2nd: Senior Recognition/Final Meeting 5 pm- 6 pm
First mee�ng 9‐5‐12,
Dr. Marilyn Izzard
For more information, please contact:
Allison Parliament at firstname.lastname@example.org
TEACh Greenville dates available soon!
For more information, contact:
Click here for one Nov. 5 in Columbia
Jessica Leppard LEPPARDJ@EMAIL.USCUPSTATE.EDU or
Anglica Hererra HERRERA2@EMAIL.USCUPSTATE.EDU
For more informa�on,
Contact Kayla Anderson
or Meagan McGoldrick
School of Educa�on Newsle�er
Vol. V, Issue I September 2012
Hello new students!
Inside This Issue…
SOE in the Summer�me
News You Need
News You Must Have
News You Can Use
Graduate Program Updates
William Neely! He has
been awarded the USC
Upstate Graduate Scholarship
for the 2012‐2013
Denise Cohen, an August
2012 graduate from
the Visual Impairment
Education Program, presented
a poster entitled
“Dual Media Learner:
Braille Instruction for a
Young Child with a Progressive
Eye Disorder at
the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation
of the Blind and Visually Impaired International
Conference in Seattle, Washington. Mary Holley
(not pictured) , a candidate in the Visual Impairment
Program, also co-presented a session with Dr. Herzberg
entitled “Blindness and Selective Mutism: One
Student’s Response to Voice Output Devices” at the
Congratula�ons to Santosh Kumar Bommera,
a candidate in the Visual Impairment
Program! He was selected as
“Educator of the Year” by the South Carolina
chapter of the Na�onal Federa�on of
the Blind recently. He is pictured with
Marty McKenzie, board member as well as
adjunct professor for USC Upstate.
Please join us in welcoming Alyssa
Rushing! She has been selected as
the first Graduate Assistant for the
School of Education.
NEWS YOU MUST HAVE
All School of Education Majors
Dr. Jim Charles, Interim Dean
School of Education
DATE: August 21, 2012
Criminal Background Checks / National Sex Offender Registry
Thank you for your interest in a major in the School of Education. We are delighted that you have decided on a career
in teaching. Following is important information for you regarding a mandatory requirement for School of Education students.
In order for the School of Education to be in compliance with the University’s contractual agreements with our
public schools and community agencies, all education majors must complete a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
(SLED) Criminal Record Background Check and a National Sex Offender Registry check prior to participating in
any field experiences. All Professional Education courses have a field experience requirement. If a potential candidate
has been found guilty or has pled no contest (nolo contendere) to crimes involving drugs, physical violence, the illegal
use or possession of weapons, fraud or dishonesty, the School of Education cannot permit that student to participate
in field experiences or be admitted to the Professional Program in education without specific approval of the dean. In
order for the School of Education to accept you as a continuing student, you must provide this office with the results of
your SLED Criminal Background Check and National Sex Offender Registry check. We must receive your information
no later than September 14, 2012.
Directions for Obtaining your SLED Criminal Record Background Check: NOTE: Before logging on, have credit
card information ready and please ensure that your printer is working since results are returned immediately
to your computer. SLED will not reimburse fees if you are unable to print the results.
1. Log on to www.sled.sc.gov
2. Click on Criminal Record Check
3. Accept Terms and Conditions
4. Click “Not Eligible”
5. Provide requested personal identification information.
6. Provide Credit Card Information
7. Click Submit
8. Print out the results
9. Bring the Original Printed Copy (not a photocopy) to your clinical instructor
Directions for Obtaining your National Sex Offender Registry check:
1. Log on to www.nsopw.gov
2. Click on Search for Sex Offenders
3. Accept Terms and Conditions
4. Enter verification code
5. Provide last name, first name
6. Click Submit
7. Print results
9. Bring the Original Printed Copy (not a photocopy) to your clinical instructor
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly at 864-503-5577.
�� Interim Dean
Dr. Jim Charles
�� Interim Administrator
Dr. Pamela Wash
�� Director, Graduate Programs
Dr. Tina Herzberg
�� Director, Greenville Campus
Dr. Judy Beck
�� Director, Sumter Campus
Dr. Marilyn Izzard
�� October 18‐19
�� October 22—November 2
�� November 6
�� November 21‐23
�� December 10‐14
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