Master Teachers (D)
Floyd W. Dinkins
Floyd teaches 3rd grade science and math at Taylor Elementary School in Cayce. Before assuming his duties as a 3rd grade teacher, he taught 1st grade for three years. He earned a BA in History from the University of South Carolina and a MAT in Early Childhood Education from USC. Floyd won a Peabody Scholarship to the University.
Fran teaches geography, government and economics at Greenwood High School. Prior to joining that faculty five years ago, she taught at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Ninety Six High School, Edgewood Middle School, and Allendale-Fairfax High School.
Fran earned her bachelor of arts degree in social studies education from Mars Hill College and her master's degree in education from Converse College. She is currently waiting to get her National Board Certification scores. In 2002 Fran was named the Teacher of the Year at Greenwood High.Rashida Durant
This Sumter native is a recent graduate of South Carolina State University. She is currently the speech language pathologist at St. Helena Elementary School on St. Helena Island. This year her focus for her students is aligning speech language therapy goals with State Standards to keep the school's PACT scores high.
Her hobbies include reading, writing and listening to a variety of music.
A teacher for four years, Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina. She teaches fourth and fifth grades at Caughman Road Elementary School in Columbia. Along with her duties as a teacher, Jennifer also presents math workshops to her colleagues.Phillip Dean
Phillip is an instructional technology specialist for Laurens County School District 56. Before taking his current position, Phillip taught fifth grade math and science at Richmond Drive Elementary in Rock Hill and computer keyboarding at the Martha Dendy Sixth GradeCenter in Clinton.
Phillip earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Presbyterian College and his MAT in business education from Winthrop University. He is certified in elementary education and business education. He was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi honor society after graduating from Winthrop with a 4.0 GPA.
Suzanne teaches second grade at Lambs Elementary School in Charleston. She earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education and her master's degree in education from the College of Charleston. In addition, she earned her master's plus 30 by taking courses at both The Citadel and the College of Charleston.
In 1998, she was the Math Cadre facilitator for the Accelerated Schools Project and attended the Curriculum Leadership Institute. She has served on the Charleston Math and Science Hub Advisory Board, participated in the Charleston Area Writing Project, was named CCSD Distinguished Reading Teacher finalist in 1995, and won the Louise M. Smith Mathematics Award that same year, too.