Clover High teacher chosen Clover’s 2013 Teacher of the Year

From staff reportsAugust 16, 2013 

— Christy Wilson, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Clover High School, was named the 2013-2014 Clover School District Teacher of the Year during the district’s annual opening convocation Wednesday.

Wilson, a Clover High School alumna, begins her 16th year in the classroom this year. Throughout her career in Clover she has demonstrated a commitment to service learning and has developed a program she calls “It’s Sew Easy to Help Others” to give her students the opportunity to give back.

“I feel teaching students the value of community service is an essential element in teaching life skills,” she said. “Through the Family & Consumer Science curriculum, students get to demonstrate how to become leaders within the community.”

While teaching the skills required to be successful in design, nutrition, family life, and housing and interiors, Wilson’s students are thrust into opportunities to convert their knowledge into action. Ahe has her students refine their skills while designing and creating a myriad of items.

Students make drawstring health kit bags for the Clover Area Assistance Areas, “hope pillows” for children at the Ronald McDonald House and the York County Children’s Attention Home, lap blankets for wheelchair-bound patients at area Hospice centers and retirement homes, Christmas stockings for local charities, and “placement purses” for the Children’s Attention Home.

Her students are also involved annually in an international project in which dresses are sewn and donated to Dress a Girl Around the World, an organization that distributes the dresses to third world countries.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), students participate in several projects including a “making dreams come true” prom dress drive for students who otherwise would not be able to attend prom. Evening dresses are given first to students at Clover High and then offered to students at other schools in the county.

Wilson, a Winthrop University alumna says, that she “works through her students to make a difference in their families and communities. The content we cover affects their view of what healthy relationships are and they share these new ideas with their families and friends. The skills they acquire can be used in the workforce, their family units, and the community.”

As district teacher of the year, Wilson will participate in professional development programs as part of the South Carolina Teacher Forum led by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement.

She will compete to be selected as the 2015 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

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