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Education

  • Saffell Street’s Miller voted top instructor

    Teresa Miller says she didn’t choose teaching as much as teaching chose her.

    Miller, who has taught all of her nearly 24 years at Saffell Street Elementary School, didn’t head back to college to become a teacher until age 32.

    “I had been involved in children’s ministries and volunteered in my daughters’ classes at Saffell. Max Workman kept telling me I should be a teacher. I felt God calling me to become a teacher too,” she explained.

  • Warren, Hyatt voted top educators

    Ginger Warren is quick to admit if she could go back in time and be a student again, she would.

    “I would appreciate and soak in what I was learning so much more, knowing what I know now,” said Warren, who was voted this year’s Best of Anderson Middle School Teacher.

    “Mrs. (Ginger) Warren is very dedicated and enthusiastic about her profession,” Jeanna Rose, Anderson County Middle School Principal said.

  • After hiking tax rate, school board baffled by tight budget

    Despite setting a tax rate to take the highest revenue increase allowed by law, some members of the Anderson County Board of Education were baffled last week when Finance Officer David Wilkerson presented his working budget for the 2016-17 school year.

    “We raised taxes and now we’re barely breaking even?” questioned board member Roger McDowell.

    “We really needed a tax increase in the worst way. If we didn’t we’d be in the hole,” Wilkerson responded.

    Chairman Lee Hahn echoed McDowell’s concerns.

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  • VFW sponsoring youth contests

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4075 and the Auxiliary are sponsoring two contests for youth in the community.

    The “Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition” is open to students in grades 9 through 12. It is a 3- to 5-minute audio essay on the subject “My responsibility to America.” First- and second-place winners will receive $500 and $250 respectively and be eligible for district, state and national scholarships.

  • 4-H kicks off at Saffell Street
  • Pop art a hit at Turner Elementary

    Fourth-graders showed off their primary colors in art class last week at Robert B. Turner Elementary School.

    In a unit about pop art — a style that emerged in the 1950s that turns items from popular culture into an art form — the students were learning about pioneers Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

  • Parents share feelings through letters

    When Steve Swank comes up with lessons for his students at Apex Academy he often has to think outside the box. That’s exactly what he did when he came up with his latest idea.

    “Over the summer, I was watching a documentary on ESPN about a high school football team in Hollywood, California. These kids came from tough backgrounds and didn’t have a lot of support at home,” he said.

  • A bright future

    Alexis Weathers spent four days over summer vacation doing something none of her other classmates did — attending the Congress of Future Medical Leaders at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

    Alexis was nominated by a Harvard University professor based on her grades and leadership abilities.

    She said didn’t even know about the nomination.

    “We got a packet in the mail saying I’d been nominated,” she explained.

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