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Orangeburg County School District selects Danielle McAlhany as Rookie Teacher of the Month

At a recent school board meeting, Danielle McAlhany was recognized as the March Rookie Teacher of the Month. McAlhany is a first-grade teacher at Bethune-Bowman Elementary School. She was nominated by a staff member who described her as a “ball of energy for her first graders.” “I never imagined hearing my name called and my

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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

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EPI Team Attends Inaugural Educator Preparation, Policy, and Leadership Symposium

The Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation continues to advance its work across the state and nation. EPI Team Members attended the April inaugural 2024 National Symposium for Educator Preparation, Policy, and Leadership in Chicago, Illinois. The National Center for Teacher Residencies sponsors the symposium.  As the EPI Center continues to embrace and

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Georgetown County School District Names Equanda Wearing Rookie Teacher of the Year

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.  She has been named Rookie Teacher of the Year at Rosemary Middle School in Georgetown County School District.  “I am deeply humbled and honored to be voted the Rookie

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WLTX Teacher of the Week

WLTX Teacher of the Week

Tasha Hickson-Osborn, a second-grade teacher at St. Matthews K-8 in Calhoun County Public Schools, is the WLTX-TV Teacher of the Week. Mrs. Hickson-Osborn is in her second year of teaching. She is supported by the EPI Center’s Virtual Instructional Coaches and Peer Review Team Members. Congratulations on this recognition!

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EPI Center Team presents at the SC Alliance for Black School Educators Conference

EPI Center team presents at the South Carolina Alliance for Black School Educators Conference

Members of the Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation at Voorhees University attended and were active participants in the 2024 South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators Conference held in North Charleston. Presenters for “The New 3Rs: Recruitment, Retention and Resiliency” session included Dr. Damara Hightower Mitchell, Executive Director and Provost/Vice President for

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2023 Sponsorship Year in Review

Throughout the year, the EPI Center proudly supports various organizations and events. In doing so, we gain valuable exposure to audiences who learn about the services and opportunities available at the EPI Center. Taking a look back at 2023, some of our sponsorships include the following: Act 1897: The Royal Renaissance Coronation of Mister and

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2023 Halloween Festival

The Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation participated in the annual Batesburg-Leesville Halloween Festival this year. The festival, which was held on Main Street on October 31, 2023, included local businesses, community organizations, and residents. Families received plenty of Halloween treats to enjoy  as well as information about Voorhees University and the EPI Center.

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Voorhees EPI Center Receives $26.7 Million U.S. Department of Education Grant to Improve Student Achievement through Teacher Effectiveness

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Voorhees Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation (EPI Center) a new Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program grant to improve student achievement in two South Carolina counties. The REAP: Rewarding Educator Achievement and Performance grant aims to improve the quality of education, elevate educator

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