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08/31/2017

David McDonald '01 Earns the 2017 National Educator of the Year Award

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 McDonald will receive the award at the 44th Annual AMLE Conference Nov. 6-8 in Philadelphia.
 The award recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education.

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David McDonald

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) has named David McDonald ’01 the recipient of the 2017 National Educator of the Year Award.

The award recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through exemplary characteristics, leadership, vision and advocacy.

McDonald, assistant superintendent for school leadership for Greenville County Schools in Greenville, South Carolina, will receive the award at the 44th Annual AMLE Conference Nov. 6-8 in Philadelphia.

The Greenville resident said that he felt "honored and humbled" after learning he had won the 2017 National Educator of the Year Award.

"I have had an incredible career due largely in part to the incredible students, parents and talented educators. A part of this honor goes to each of them, and I will be forever indebted to their loyalty and dedication," said McDonald.

McDonald earned his B.A. in history (minor in secondary education) at Winthrop, his M.S. in education administration at Concordia University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy at the University of South Carolina. McDonald started his career as a high school teacher in Lancaster, South Carolina, before becoming assistant principal at Indian Land Middle School and then principal at Northwest Middle School in Greenville.

He serves as president of the Winthrop University Alumni Association Executive Board. He is a board member and former president for the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, where he helped increase membership and oversaw the development of a strategic plan. In addition, McDonald is a member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform Board of Directors and serves as co-chair and trainer for the South Carolina Schools to Watch program.

For more information, contact Meredith Carter, communications coordinator, at carterm@winthrop.edu or 803/323-2236.


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