FLORENCE – Three Francis Marion University School of Education alumni received 2011 awards at a reception held Feb. 24, as part of Homecoming activities.
Heather Soles Papp (’10) received the Novice Educator Award, Nancy N. Etman (’08) received the Veteran Educator Award and Vicki Kirby (’72) received the Administrator Award.
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.
Papp graduated from FMU in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is employed with Dillon School District One’s Lake View Elementary School. The Marion native now lives in Aynor.
Etman is employed with Marion School District 7 in Rains as the music teacher at Britton’s Neck Elementary School. The Waterford, N.Y. native holds a B.A. in music education from Wells College in New York and a master’s degree in instructional accommodation from FMU.
The veteran educator is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the South Carolina Music Educators Association, the Pee Dee International Reading Association and a school technology mentor. Etman was also the 2009 District Teacher of the Year for Marion 7.
Kirby was recently hired as the director of elementary education for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She is the former principal of Pate Gardner Elementary School in Gibson, N.C. Kirby began her career in South Carolina where she taught middle school from 1972 until 1984. From 1984 until 1992, she was the director of instruction and staff development in Marion. From 1988 until 1990, she was as an elementary school principal.
In 1993, Kirby was named interim principal while simultaneously fulfilling the duties in a South Carolina district position. She was the assistant superintendent for instruction from 1992 until 2001; and from 2001 through 2004 she was a principal leader. She became principal of Pate-Gardner Elementary School in 2004. Kirby holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from FMU. She earned an Ed.S. degree in 1990 from Winthrop University.