Like one of Horatio Alger’s coming-of-age novels, Dr. Gloria Close has a life story that would make for an inspiring movie. Recently honored with the prestigious Mary L. Thomas Award by the Spartanburg County Foundation, Dr. Close, who has been a District 7 educator for 15 years, was recognized for decades of service and a quiet determination to help homeless families in the community.
As one of six children, raised by parents who worked in a cotton mill, Close says she remembers what it was to be poor. At an early age, she knew education would be her “ticket to opportunity.” That relentless determination motivated Close to obtain a masters and doctoral degree from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina. She continues her accomplished career as an advocate for others and a champion for children. Read More for VideoRead More