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September 23, 2022

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Briggs Elementary's Newton is Principal of the Year

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Above: Briggs Elementary Principal Tara Newton (left) and Superintendent of Florence 1 Schools Dr. Richard O'Malley (right) at the surprise announcement. Read the story below and view the day's excitement here: https://bit.ly/3xHL3Ju.

Florence 1 Schools Closer to Naming its Teacher of the Year

Florence 1 Schools is closer to selecting its 2022-20223 Teacher of the Year. Each school's teacher of the year competing for the title of Florence 1 Schools Teacher of the Year recently completed an application packet containing information relevant to the teaching profession.


An outside panel of three selection committee members (pictured below) reviewed the packets and rated each one using specific selection criteria. The teachers whose packets received the highest ratings have been named Honor Roll Teachers. Honor Roll Teachers are finalists in the quest to name a Teacher of the Year for Florence 1 Schools. They are: Briggs Elementary School's Casey Coker; South Florence High School's Heather Gaston; West Florence High School's Hugh Pressley; and Woods Road Child Development Center's Rosetta Richmond.


The Teacher of the Year Selection Committee held interviews sessions separately with the honor roll teachers this week. Scores from the interview and application packet have been calculated, and Florence 1's Teacher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, September 27th at the 16th Annual School Foundation Gala.


The Florence 1 Teacher of the Year's name will be submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education and the teacher will then vie for the title of South Carolina Teacher of the Year, having until January 2022 to complete the South Carolina Department of Education's application packet.

Members of the Teacher of the Year Selection Panel

Amy Williams Is the 2023 Assistant Principal of the Year

Amy Williams, Assistant Principal at McLaurin Elementary, has been named the Florence 1 Schools Assistant Principal of the Year.


Williams, who has served at McLaurin for over 20 years, began working as a teacher who later moved to the position of Curriculum Coordinator, now serves as one the Assistant Principals at the school.


In a surprise visit to the McLaurin Elementary faculty meeting this week, Dr. Richard O'Malley presented Williams the award. Read the entire story below.

Tell Someone About the Upcoming Florence 1 Schools Job Fair

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Florence 1 Senior Named a National Merit Semifinalist

Time Now for Employees to Review Benefits Coverage

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Fall Pop-Up Shop Offered at Advantage Academy Thursday

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Countdown to the Intersession

The Florence 1 Schools Fall intersession begins October 3rd and will continue through October 7th.