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Kershaw County Adult Education earns three state awards
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Chanelle Wright holds her plaque for being named Part-Time Teacher of the Year.

Kershaw County Adult Education earned three awards from the S.C. Association of Adult and Continuing Education, including being recognized as one of the top 10 programs in the state as indicated by performance on a national assessment.

“I’m very proud for my team for ‘teaching their hearts out’ to students who need a second chance to make good on their dreams to accomplish goals and aspirations built upon a foundation of high school completion,” Kershaw County Adult Education Director Weyland Burns said. “It takes a special person to be able to relate to the psychological and academic needs of persons who did not finish high school on the first go round, and then to teach them with high expectations smothered with understanding and patience.”

Kershaw County’s Adult Education program was honored for its passing rate of more than 70 percent on the Test for Basic Adult Education. Adult Education teachers in this program include Karen McAvoy, Stephanie James, Jackie Viotto and LeKeith Bufford. Burns said that College and Career Navigator Bridgett Bailey and instructional assistant Sharon Supplee were also instrumental to this success.

Kershaw County Adult Education’s partnership with the Camden office of S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation had the second highest passing rate on the WIN Learning career readiness assessment of any site in the state. Kershaw County students at this satellite program taught by Glady Smoak and Bill Ansley had an 88 percent passage rate.

“Bill and Glady consistently produce a satellite program that ranks in the South Carolina top five for VR -- Adult Education partnerships. Many a Kershaw County resident has exited their program with a WIN certificate and with stronger math and reading skills, thus giving the person a higher chance of being employed in his/her preferred career pathway,” Burns said.

In addition, WIN/Pre-GED class teacher Chanelle Wright received the Linda Belue Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award.

“We are so proud and honored to be able to witness the skill and passion Ms. Wright brings daily to her students,” Burns said. “She provides a class community atmosphere that fosters strong relationships with students in order to make a vital and lasting connection to sustain students until they complete their GED or high school diploma. This statewide award acknowledges this accomplishment.”