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Education

  • Dingler shares love of reading

    To Karen Dingler, nouns, verbs and adjectives are more than just words.

    They’re ingredients that allow you to go from one place to another – opening up a world you’ve never seen before.

    Dingler tries to share that passion with her students in hopes they’ll become lifelong readers. And, apparently, she’s doing a good job.

    Dingler, an English teacher at Buford Middle School, is the districtwide winner of the 2009 Celebrate Great Teaching award. It’s the highest honor the Lancaster County School District gives to its educators.

  • Meteorologist visits Erwin Elementary fourth-graders

    Enter Kelly Franson’s world – one made up of ever-changing forecasts and weather instruments many people can’t pronounce.

    Franson, a meteorologist with WBTV channel 3 in Charlotte, visited Erwin Elementary School on Oct. 14, when she talked to fourth-graders about her career in weather.

    An Idaho native, Franson has been working at WBTV for about two years. Before then, she had worked at two TV stations in her home state.  

  • Bryan Coburn brought a sense of humor and enthusiasm to the stage that captivated the audience Tuesday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    Coburn, the 2009 S.C. Teacher of the Year, was guest speaker during the Lancaster County School District’s opening assembly for teachers.

    Coburn told the crowd it’s his dedication and toughness that really helps him be effective.

  • When Robyn Blackmon was a young child, she’d line up her teddy bears and dolls and teach them what she’d learned in school that day.

    It was during those early years that the Great Falls native knew she wanted to be an educator.

    Fast forward to 2009, and now she’s being recognized for being one of the best in the profession in Lancaster County.

    Blackmon, a kindergarten teacher at North Elementary School, is the year’s Celebrate Great Teaching winner for the elementary level in the Lancaster County School District.

  • Adams shares love of math

    INDIAN LAND – Posters in Paula Adams’ classroom feature a key phrase: “We all use math every day.”

    Adams, a math teacher at Indian Land High School, wants her students to know that math will be a large part of their daily lives, even if they don’t pursue careers working closely with numbers.

    One of her aims is to help prepare her students for the real world.

  • Back to the books for about 1,800 USCL students

    Dennis Dunham sat in the lounge area in Starr Hall reviewing his schedule, wondering what he’s going to do with the dead time between his classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Dunham, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, is taking 14 hours this semester. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be inconvenient, as he has a nearly four-hour gap in between classes.

  • Mother, son share story of teenage alcoholism

    Cold sweats, shakes and restless nights were normal for Toren Volkmann. Total memory lapses were common in his life. 

    Alcohol controlled his life for years.

    Volkmann, a Washington state native, started drinking in middle school and soon turned into an alcoholic. After years of binge drinking, sickness and a host of unfavorable consequences, he turned his life around.

    Now he and his mother, Chris, travel the country telling their story of struggle, confusion, hope and perseverance.

  • Sanders, Penuel join USCL faculty

    Alexis Sanders is adjusting to life in the South, while Dr. Suzanne Penuel looks to become even more active in the local community.

    Sanders and Penuel are the two newest full-time faculty members at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The Lancaster News caught up with both of them recently to see how things have been going so far this semester.

    Alexis Sanders  

  • Teens sharpen their oratorical skills

    INDIAN LAND – The fifth-annual Oratorical Expose, sponsored by the Lancaster District of the AME Zion Church, took place Sept. 24 at El Bethel AME Zion Church in Indian Land.

    The event, held each fall, gives local teens a chance to sharpen their public-speaking skills.

    Nearly 20 teens competed in this year’s contest.

    Each of the 25 churches in the district was asked to spearhead a training forum and pick a student to represent the church.

  • Beckham is top new teacher

    Josh Beckham, a second-year teacher at South Middle School, says the classroom is where he belongs.

    Beckham worked for Founders Federal Credit Union as a sales representative after graduating college. Though the job allowed him to travel and meet people daily, he said he knew God was steering him in another direction.

    So the Lancaster native started an alternative certification and began teaching history at South Middle last year. His first year went so well, the Lancaster County School District honored him in a big way.