Fellows in Education Class of 2019

Participants in the fourth annual Fellows in Education program pose at Wallace-Gregg Elementary School in Florence. Bottom row (from left): Barbara Merrill, Teresa Myers-Ervin, Mike Miller, Kent Caudle, Debbie Hyler, Philip Maenza, Yulaundra Heyward, Gregg Parsons and Tiffany Straus. Second row (from left): Jessica Jordan, Tania Patel, Lauren Vause, Derrick Cattenhead, John Strickland and Maggie Glover. Back row (from left): Richard O'Malley, Kevin Goodwin, Joe Edict, Jerry Keith Jr., Brandon Lyles, Tyron Jones, Aaron Robinson, Bailey Dabney and Nick Foong.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Through a three-way partnership among Florence One Schools, The School Foundation and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, a program designed for business and community leaders to spend time getting a unique, behind-the-scenes look into schools in Florence One continues in its fourth year.

For 28 participants, the program that is known as Fellows in Education began Tuesday with a visit to Wallace-Gregg Elementary School.

Through May, participants will get firsthand looks at some of the successes and daily challenges that educators face in the classroom.

There also will be an opportunity for interested participants to take part in a “Principal for a Day” exercise where the local leader will spend a portion of a day with a school principal as he or she conducts the duties of running the school.

“We are extremely excited about having members of our business community visiting our schools again this year,” said Richard O’Malley, the superintendent of Florence One Schools. “The commitment on the part of each of these individuals is greatly appreciated. During these visitations, the Fellows in Education will gain knowledge of the many outstanding school initiatives, as well as the needs and the resources in our schools.

“Through their in-depth understanding of these outstanding programs, the needs and resources, we believe that they will be better able to serve as advocates for students in Florence One Schools.”

Organizers say the ultimate goal of the program is to create a cadre of local leaders who will be able to collaborate with policymakers and community members in developing better education policies in the local community.

Seven more sessions will be held on the first or second Tuesday of each month through the month of May at different Florence One schools.

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