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Local educators honored with reading awards

Posted: December 2, 2011 4:34 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County Reading Council President Mikki Blankenship (left) presents Camden High English teacher Rebecca Rundlett a plaque in honor of her selection as the 2011 Kershaw County Reading Teacher of the Year.

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The Kershaw County Reading Council (KCRC) recently held its annual Reading Teacher of the Year banquet at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School. Each school in the district had the opportunity to nominate a Reading Teacher of the Year who created portfolios and displays to be critiqued by an external judge.

Rebecca Rundlett of Camden High School was named this year's Kershaw County Reading Association Reading Teacher of the Year. Rundlett is the school’s English Department head and is national board certified. At Camden High, she helped develop a silent sustained reading program and created a Family Reading Night. She is currently rewriting the ninth-grade English curriculum to provide reading that is more diverse and appealing.  At the state level, she has helped to rewrite high school English standards and helped align standardized tests to current standards. 

Camden High Principal Dan Matthews said that Rundlett “teaches with her heart and her soul. She is the type of teacher who understands struggling students and uses innovative and creative methods to motivate and reach these students.” 

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Principal Lisa Shannon was honored as the association's Administrator of the Year. Under her leadership, the school has incorporated K-2 daily literacy groups. Students in upper grades participate in novel studies and meet daily to discuss important elements of reading, such as problem solving and characterization. Student participation in the school’s Accelerated Reading program has fundamentally increased the past few years. Pine Tree Hill Elementary was recently recognized as one of the top three schools in the state by the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators for closing the achievement gap.

Camden resident Nick Lampshire also received the KCRC Literacy Award for making significant contributions in the area of literacy to Kershaw County.

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