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Rosemary Middle School Teacher is a Rookie Teacher of the Year Finalist for Georgetown County School District

Equanda Wearing, a former EPI Fellow and one of the first graduates of the inaugural Graduate School Cohort at Voorhees University has another accolade to celebrate.  Earlier this month, she was named Rookie Teacher of the Year at Rosemary Middle School in Georgetown County School District. Now she is one of five District Rookie Teacher of the Year finalists.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be voted the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Rosemary Middle School, and now be in the top five first-year teachers in my school district. My determination, perseverance, commitment, and hard work have truly paid off. I look forward to continuing to serve as a role model and mentor for the youth of our communities. I thank God for all He has done, is doing, and will continue to do,” said Wearing.

At the EPI Center, Wearing completed the Voorhees Network for Enhanced Teaching Program (V-NET). The V-NET Program allows non-certified candidates with a bachelor’s degree to enroll in a paid eleven-month residency program to become a certified educator and earn a master’s degree. V-NET utilizes a residency model that allows candidates to learn under the guidance of an accomplished K-12 teacher. The residency allowed Wearing to return to her alma mater where she received an undergraduate degree in Biology. She continues to advance her career after starting as a temporary employee and then as an administrative assistant. Wearing is now an eighth-grade Mathematics teacher at Rosemary Middle School.

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