August 6, 2023, Columbia, SC – Voorhees University President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins hosted an Educator’s Breakfast at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road in Columbia to reinvigorate the passion for teaching and learning and to celebrate the sacred calling of South Carolina’s K-12 educators. Dr. Hopkins spoke of the need for educators with “good vibes” to positively impact the academic and social trajectories of their students as his educators had done authentically for him throughout his K-12 and higher education journeys. He shared a universal prayer inspiring educators to be agentive and creative contributors to the lives of young learners.
UNIVERSAL PRAYER FOR EDUCATORS FROM THE DIOCESE OF SAINT PETERSBURG
God of Mercy, Sustain educators who give everything they have. Strengthen educators who assume the blame for so many problems beyond their control. Help exhausted educators rest. God of Strength, Encourage educators to care and inspire them to nourish.
Lord, we know that teaching can be a thankless task. Help us to be aware of the needs of those who have the responsibility for educating others. May we as a community be supportive and caring, offering a listening ear and practical concern whenever we can; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Back row (l-r): Dr. Gwenda Greene, Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Damara Hightower Mitchell, Vice-President and Provost of Voorhees University and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation (EPI); Dr. Tondaleya Jackson, Professor, and Director of the EPI Center; and Voorhees University President, Dr. Ronnie Hopkins.
Front row (l-r): Margo Jackson, Senior Clinical Advisor; Dr. Audrey Harris, Chicago SEED Professional Learning Curriculum Content Designer; Kathy McMillian-Bennett, Clinical Education Manager; Dr. Ericka Hursey, Strategic Initiatives and Programs Manager; and Dr. Jennifer Logan, Clinical Faculty Advisor.