I would be a perpetual student if I could.
I loved school. I was a little disappointed when summer rolled around. After all, you can only spend so much time in the backyard making mud pies, catching fireflies and having water balloon fights.
In the second grade, our teacher gave us a reading challenge: Read the most books and get an honorary spot on the big white board that hung on the classroom wall. The board was an alphabetical list of all the kids in our class, but the winner would take first place on that board for the rest of the year—her or his name at the top—bigger than anyone else’s, with a gold star beside it.
I read 300 books and I drove my parents crazy doing it. Every single word of every single book. My teacher presented me with pencils that had my name etched in gold, surrounded by three gold stars on either side. I looked at my name at the top of that board every single day.
My high school English teacher made Shakespeare fun. My hand was raised most of the time during class, despite the sighs of classmates around me. A music teacher encouraged me to sing an Elvis song in front of the entire school and my community.
A teacher once told me she could literally see the light of understanding in a student’s eyes when they “got it,” when the knowledge she gave them, fell into place. Educators prepare us for the school of life—the professions we choose are often in large part due to them. A great teacher has much to do with molding the person we become.
This issue is dedicated to those individuals who nudge us toward our life path and inspire us to do more once when get there. You’ll meet Mark Bryan, lead guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, who not only teaches at the College of Charleston and regularly rocks out on stage, but also gives generously so that children receive the education and resources they need to succeed. Three guys of Three Pegs Trio, make beautiful music together right here in Mount Pleasant (and other places) with their own unique style.
A teacher discusses the science behind the solar eclipse and an area principal leaves a legacy at one Mount Pleasant school to begin another at a brand new one.
A big thank you to the rock stars, teachers and principals who made this issue shine.
And, a special thank you to Ryan Cumback, Principal of Moultrie Middle School, who made the gathering of all the smiling faces you see on our cover possible.
Read on. School’s in session.