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FMU School of Education presents alumni awards


FLORENCE, S.C. – Four Francis Marion University School of Education alumni received 2009 awards at a wine and cheese reception, Feb.12, as part of Homecoming activities. 

Chasity Brown received the Novice Educator Award, Dorothy Jacobs received the Veteran Educator Award and Darrell Jameson received the Administrator Award. FMU presented the Educator Leader Award to Ann Marie Taylor. 

The Novice Educator Award recognizes a successful FMU graduate who demonstrates leadership in education and has been an educator at the early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school level for one to three years. In addition, the candidate must convey a strong sense of pride and loyalty for his/her alma mater, demonstrate success in his/her educational endeavors and serve his/her community through active involvement in civic and/or charitable and service organizations. 

The criteria for the Veteran Educator Award and the Administrator Award are the same as outlined for the Novice Award but he/she must be an educator or administrator at the early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school level with four or more years’ experience. 

Brown is in her second year as a first grade teacher at Savannah Grove Elementary. At a very young age, this Scranton native realized her calling in life was to be a teacher. She recalls standing on her parent’s front porch teaching to her dogs as a child. Through teaching, Brown said she has found her purpose in life – to use her vigor for learning to motivate students to learn.  

She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from FMU in 2007 and a master’s degree in integrating the arts through curriculum from Lesley University in 2009. Brown’s colleagues recently nominated her for Florence School District One’s Teacher Feature Program. 

Jacobs is a 1981 graduate of FMU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and in 1989, she also earned a master’s degree in elementary education from FMU. This Florence native began her teaching career in Darlington County School District at Spring Elementary School. She has spent the last 27 years working in Darlington County schools and now teaches at Brunson-Dargan Elementary School. Most recently, she served as a science coach for the State Department of Education.  

For many years, she directed an adult education site at her church in which many were able to receive their G.E.D. and were able to go on to further their education. She was a clinical faculty member and research associate of FMU’s Center of Excellence for several years. She currently serves on FMU’s Center of Excellence Advisory Committee. Her awards and honors include Teacher of the Year; Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year and Darlington County’s “Making a Difference Award.” 

Jameson is the coordinator of federal programs, testing and special projects for Marion School District One. This Easley native first graduated FMU in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in history and minor in political science. In 2002, he earned a master’s degree in secondary education – social studies. In 2007, Jameson earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from the University of Cincinnati. 

A native of Easley, he began his career as a teacher at Marion High School, where he served as chairman of the Social Studies Department. He also served as an assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Marion High School for one year. He was selected Marion High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2005. A former member of the FMU Alumni Advisory Board, Jameson has helped recruit students to Francis Marion. He has coordinated an information reception at Marion High for students interested in learning more about FMU.

Taylor, a special education teacher at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Kershaw County, was the 2007 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Prior to her service as state teacher of the year, Taylor taught self-contained special education classes (EMD), grades kindergarten through fifth for three years. She became a nationally board certified teacher in 2008. 

Taylor attended FMU from 1999-2001 and received a master’s degree in teaching, learning disabilities. She received additional certification in teaching students with mental disabilities as well. From 1993-1997, she attended Saginaw Valley State University and received a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and criminal justice. She is a native of Dearborn, Mich. 

According to district officials, Taylor’s classroom is full of excitement. She offers her students a safe haven of love where they receive compliments along the way.

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Last Published: February 27, 2009 3:21 PM
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