Coker’s Wiggins School of Education Names 2018 Educator of the Year

    Coker’s Wiggins School of Education Names 2018 Educator of the Year


    Hartsville, S.C. – August 17, 2018 – Coker College’s Wiggins School of Education awarded its fifth annual Educator of the Year award to Stephanie Rogers, Assistant Principal at Cheraw Intermediate School in Chesterfield, South Carolina. The Educator of the Year award is granted annually to a teacher who has served as a positive mentor for Coker education students, offering encouragement and support above and beyond expectation.

    Rogers provided opportunities for field experiences and served as a supervising teacher during her time at Cheraw Primary School for multiple Coker students. Teacher candidates have consistently given positive feedback regarding her mentorship.

    “We are extremely fortunate to have such high quality and experienced teachers who welcome our interns in their classrooms,” says Shay Pierce, dire

    ctor of education internship programs for the Wiggins School of Education. “Ms. Rogers is one such teacher who has been instrumental in molding our students through her cooperation and amazing mentoring. Glowing comments are made regarding how she assists them in connecting what they learn in their college classes to implementing those strategies and theories in the classroom to assist students’ success.”

    Ms. Melisa Little, principal of Cheraw Primary School and a former colleague of Rogers’s, says, “Stephanie Rogers is a distinguished educator who is known for her innovation, creativity, and keen knowledge of best practices that ignite her students. She is an outstanding professional who is most dedicated to serving as a facilitator for learning for her students and colleagues. Ms. Rogers is an exemplary employee who is most deserving of this prestigious recognition.”

    "We are truly thankful for all of our school partners who work with our teacher candidates during their field and clinical experiences,” says Dr. Karen Carpenter, Dean of the Wiggins School of Education. “Ms. Rogers is indeed a wonderful influence for her students and for our Coker College students. We so appreciate what she and Principals Melissa Little and Scott Eddins do for the field of education.”

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    The faculty and staff of the Wiggins School of Education presented the award to Rogers at a dinner honoring supervising teachers.

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    Photo (L-R): Melisa Little, Principal of Cheraw Primary School; Stephanie Rogers, Wiggins School of Education's 2018 Educator of the Year and Assistant Principal of Cheraw Intermediate School; and Scott Eddins, Principal of Cheraw Intermediate School.