Vote for your favorite teacher

April 29, 2013 

Local undergrad wins awards at USC

Andrew Nims Barbieri of Fort Mill, a 2009 graduate of Nation Ford High School, won two leadership awards at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. For the second year in a row he won The Outstanding Student Triumph Award, which honors students for contributions to campus life. He was also honored with the Caroliniana Award. This award recognizes senior students with exceptional leadership and school involvement. Andrew will graduate cum laude in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He will be working with the Autism Project in Columbia while preparing to enter medical school in fall 2014.

Governor’s School accepting applications for GoSciTech summer camp

The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is accepting applications for GoSciTech, a week-long residential summer camp for rising eighth-, ninth- and tenth-graders. Online applications are available at

GoSciTech, held on GSSM’s Hartsville campus, will be offered June 16-22, June 23-29 and July 7-13. Students can attend GoSciTech for up to three weeks, focusing on a unique area of interest each week. Twenty-five science and technology-focused courses are offered, with costs ranging from $675-$750, including room and board.

Courses offered this summer include, but are not limited to: Game Theory, Science of Music, Engineering, the Search for Life Out There, CSI, Codes & Cryptography, Marine Biology, and Science & the Law. Courses will be taught by GSSM faculty, college and university professors, and professionals in their respective fields.

Acceptance to the GoSciTech program is based on academic achievement. The GoSciTech application deadline is May 15.

For a paper application, contact the Center for Science Education and Outreach at 843-383-3958.

For more information, contact GoSciTech Director Susan Engelhardt, at 843-383-3901, ext. 3950, or

Vote for local teachers in Mall contest

The finalists have been chosen, and four of the 10 are from the Fort Mill Township area. Now the public gets to decide the winner in Carolina Place’s search for a top-performing teacher in the community. The winning teacher will receive a $500 mall gift card on National Teacher’s Day, Tuesday, May 7.

Finalists from the area include Chris Beasley, a third-grade teacher at Gold Hill Elementary; Kelly Johnson, a Kindergarten teacher at Indian Land Elementary; Shannon Moree, a Pre-K teacher at Sugar Creek Elementary, and Kimberly Coolidge, a first-grade teacher at Pleasant Knoll Elementary.

“We have some great examples of teachers who affect their students’ lives in really positive and unique ways. I encourage anyone who had a teacher that inspired them during their own education to vote,” said Carolina Place General Manager Susan Barwick.

The teacher receiving the most votes on the mall’s Facebook page will receive a $500 mall gift card on National Teacher’s Day. Votes can be cast April 16-28 at See for official rules.

Teacher yard sale May 18

Calling all graduating teachers and those new to the profession: Teachers will be selling amazing school stuff at a specialty yard sale. Hands on materials, posters, furniture, books, containers and more for sale 8-11 a.m. May 18 at Pleasant Knoll Elementary School, 2346 Pleasant Road, Fort Mill.

For more, email

Head Start receiving applications

Carolina Community Actions, Inc., Head Start is accepting applications for children ages 3 and 4 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities, including emotional, intellectual, and physical impairments, who are eligible regardless of their family income level.

Services provided by Head Start include education, nutrition, medical, dental, social services, transportation, parent involvement and special education services.

Under the USDA Child Care Food Program, Head Start children are served breakfast and lunch at no cost to their families.

The Head Start Center is located at 100 Lestina Court in Fort Mill. A legal birth certificate, certificate of immunization, proof of income for the 2012 calendar year, and Social Security numbers of all persons in household must be presented at the time of application.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 802-7587.

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