FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University School of Education alumnae received 2008 awards at a wine and cheese reception, Feb.28, as part of Homecoming activities.
Stacy Stafford received the Novice Educator Award, Brandi Cook received the Veteran Educator Award and Connie Dennis received the Educational Administrator Award.
Stafford is a first grade teacher at McLaurin Elementary School where she is a part of the 21st Century After School program and is on the library committee. Stafford was presented with an opportunity to do her student teaching in New Zealand for three and a half months after earning a B.S. degree in early childhood education from FMU where she graduated with honors in 2007. She is currently pursing a master’s degree in instructional accommodation at FMU.
Cook is a 1996 graduate of FMU with a B.A. degree in history and earned an M.Ed. degree in secondary social studies in 2002. She is a teacher at Marion High School where she has taught for 11 years. She is chair of the social studies department at Marion High School and co-sponsor of the Interact Club, a student civic organization. Cook is the 2007-08 Teacher of the Year at her school.
Dennis is the superintendent of schools in Clarendon School District Three. She has worked as a primary, elementary and high school teacher. She was a principal in Clarendon School District Three and an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Clarendon School District Two. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from FMU in 1974 and an M.Ed. degree in elementary education. Dennis earned an additional M.Ed. and an educational specialist degree from the University of South Carolina both in educational administration. She is currently seeking a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
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