The School District of Fairfield County hosted its Fall Convocation on last week. The mistress of ceremonies Gervonder Brown, executive assistant to the superintendent, appeared on stage to kick off the event.
With her energy there was no way for members of the audience to stay in their seats.
The music was going and everyone was on their feet cheering and ready to move.
There was a strong presence from the district, with representation from every school along with the district office staff and school board of trustee members.
As hundreds of faculty and staff gathered in the Fairfield Central High School Auditorium, it was an awesome site as they were dressed in their respective colors and t-shirts.
The district theme “Excellence through Teamwork” has set the tone for the school year with the call of action for everyone to work together for the greater good.
The teachers of the year for each school were recognized during the event, along with final words from the 2011-2012 District Teacher of the Year Ella Mack.
The 2012-2013 district teacher of the year was announced, with honors going to Sara Tucker of Fairfield Magnet School. Tucker, who has been teaching for eight years, is entering her third year at Fairfield Magnet School.
She was completely honored to selected as the district teacher of the year.
Other highlights of the convocation included a presentation by United Way of the Midlands, with special guest speaker Wilyem Cain.
Cain is a native of Winnsboro and told his story of how just two years ago when he was a student at Fairfield Central High School, he faced the lost of his great grandmother which turned him into an angry young man.
But, with the help of the Boys and Girls Club he found new motivation and it changed his life for the best.
He is now on full scholarship at the University of South Carolina in his second year.
Cain said the Boys and Girls Club allowed him,”Let go of my anger and stop being a stereotype. And I gave back to my community by letting them know that they could do more, too.”
The convocation address was delivered by Salome Thomas-El, who is currently the head of school at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware.
Thomas-El has been a teacher, principal, and author with a best-selling books I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence, which stresses the importance of leadership.
He shared with those in attendance that we have to,”Fight for our children. We have to remember to be their friends. ” Also, he said that we must,”Get back to what works best.”
The convocation ended with lunch in the school gym where insurance vendors were sit up to share information, and a book signing was held by Thomas-El.