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FMU School of Education presents alumni awards

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Four Francis Marion University School of Education alumni received 2006 awards at a wine and cheese reception, Feb. 23, as part of homecoming activities.

            Jamilah Eaddy received the Novice Educator Award, Selina Harley-Blue and Cliff Barrineau received the Veteran Educator Award, and John M. Kirby received the Educational Administrator Award.

            Eaddy is a 2004 graduate of FMU with a B.S. degree in elementary education. She is a fourth-grade teacher of English/language arts and social studies at Marion Intermediate School (MIS) in Marion. She is the daughter of Wilson and Beverly Eaddy. She has two sisters, Ameerah and Essence, and one brother, Michael. She is also a youth minister at Bethel Word Ministries in Mullins.

            Blue has been employed with the Marlboro County School District for nine years. She attended Marlboro County public schools and is a 1985 graduate of Clio High School. She is a 1990 graduate of Winthrop University with a B.S. degree in business administration. She completed elementary education certification in 1997 at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and she earned an M.Ed. degree in instructional accommodation from FMU in 2005. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2004.

            Blue is a native of Clio, where she resides with her husband of 14 years, Eddie, and two children, 12-year-old Breana and 5-year-old Jameson. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Harley, also of Clio. She is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Clio, where she is a member and director of the Inspirational Choir, a trustee, and publicity chair. She is a member of the Upsilon Sigma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, where she serves as treasurer.

            Barrineau grew up in Lake City and graduated from Lake City High School. He received a B.S. degree in mathematics from FMU, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of South Carolina. He has been teaching in Richland School District 1 at Hand Middle School and Dreher High School for the past 21 years.

            During that time his students have won 14 state championships in academics and represented South Carolina at national competitions nine times. Barrineau received a National Educator Award by the Milken Family Foundation in 2003, was Dreher High School Teacher of the Year in 2003, was Richland District 1 Teacher of the Year in 2004, and was a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2005.

            His wife, Jude, is also a teacher in Richland 1. They have three children: Patrick, a senior at Dreher High School; Chas, a seventh-grader at Hand Middle School; and Gracie, a first-grader at Brockman Elementary School.

            Kirby has been superintendent of Dillon School District 3 since 1990. He served as principal of Latta High School from 1985 to 1990. Prior to coming to Latta, he worked as a teacher, coach, vice principal and athletic director in Marion School District 2.

            He earned a B.S. degree in psychology and an M.Ed. degree in elementary education from FMU, as well as a doctorate in educational administration from Nova Southeastern University.

            He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of FMU in 1995 and has served on the university’s alumni advisory board. He and his wife, Vicki, also a two-time FMU alum, established an endowed scholarship at FMU in 2005. Their son, Michael, is also an FMU graduate.

            In 2002, Kirby was named Latta’s Citizen of the Year, and in 2001 he was the S.C. School Board Association Superintendent of the Year. Kirby has also served on a number of civic organizations, as a member of the executive boards of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and YMCA in Dillon County. He has also been involved with Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity.

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Last Published: February 15, 2007 9:19 AM
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