Coker’s Wiggins School of Education Names 2017 Educator of the Year

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Hartsville, S.C. – August 30, 2017  – Coker College’s Wiggins School of Education has awarded its fourth annual Educator of the Year award to Mrs. Chasity Lisenby, a second grade teacher at Edwards Elementary School in Chesterfield, SC. 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.

Lisenby has provided opportunities for field experiences and served as a supervising teacher for multiple Coker students. Teacher candidates have consistently given positive feedback regarding her mentorship.

“We are extremely fortunate to partner with schools that employ high-quality and experienced teachers, and who are welcoming of our teacher candidates,” says Shay Pierce, director of education internship programs for the Wiggins School of Education. “Mrs. Lisenby is one such teacher...Feedback from teacher candidates who have worked with Mrs. Lisenby underlines her commitment to education. They are very complimentary of how she welcomes them into her classroom, utilizes teaching and learning strategies, and fosters their development, as well as that of her students.”

Lisenby’s dedication and inspiring teaching style are recognized within her workplace, as well. “Mrs. Lisenby is a highly motivated individual with an innate gift to build positive relationships with her students and their parents,” says Ms. Beth Suggs, principal of Edwards Elementary School. “She incorporates many innovative practices into her classroom. The structure and consistency she exhibits demand the best from all her students.”

“Mrs. Lisenby is indeed a wonderful influence for her students and for our Coker College students,” adds Dr. Karen Carpenter, dean of the Wiggins School of Education. “We so appreciate what she and Principal Suggs do for the field of education.”

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Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.