ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University recognized three York and Chester county educators on May 6 with Awards of Excellence for 2004-2005.
During the Richard W. Riley College of Education’s convocation ceremony at McBryde Hall, Dean Patricia Graham presented each professional with a trophy. Their names also will be added to a plaque displayed in the Richard W. Riley College of Education in Withers/W.T.S. Building.
The three educators, who were selected by the college’s faculty and administration, were:
• Carolyn Peacock, Gold Hill Elementary School, Fort Mill school district, will retire this year after having taught physical education for 34 years. A pilot teacher for the S.C. Elementary Physical Education Curriculum Guide, she chaired the Fort Mill district’s physical education curriculum guide committee. She has served on teacher evaluation teams and on numerous accreditation committees for the state. One Winthrop faculty member noted that Peacock has a gift for teaching physical education teacher candidates to be organized and focused.
• Sandra Thompson, Ebinport Elementary School, Rock Hill school district, has taught for 25 years. She also has more than five years of experience as a professional development designer and facilitator and has demonstrated sincere commitment to quality education by serving as a mentor teacher for Winthrop’s interns. Currently teaching third grade at Ebinport Elementary, Thompson is an outstanding teacher who truly cares.
• Roxie Turbeville, Chester High School, Chester school district, began her career in Rock Hill Parks and Recreation where she worked for 21 years creating the Women’s Athletics Special Populations and Neighborhood Centers programs. Since graduating in 1994 with a degree in special education, she has been a mentor teacher for field placement and interns from Winthrop. Her interns speak of her positive attitude and her willingness to explain and demonstrate effective teaching methods. Turbeville also is innovative at obtaining resources for her classroom, has involved students in community activities, and has established an active volunteer tutoring program at her school.