7 Shares, Cares and DARES!
Primed with excitement and sporting their pride, the District 7 team of teachers and staff donned their individual school colors and celebrated the start of a new academic year with the annual back-to-school program known as 7Shares on Thursday, August 14. The 1200 employees of the District packed the Spartanburg High School gym for a morning of inspiration, motivation, and recognition.
Bobbi Kennedy, Special Projects Director with ETV, brought special recognition to Adam Babcock, technology integration specialist at Spartanburg High School, for being named a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. After a nationwide search, Adam was selected as one of only 100 educators from across the country and the only one in South Carolina. He was chosen for his passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.
Praised for their commitment in the classroom, 13 teachers were honored as the top educator in their school with the District Teacher of the Year award going to Marquice Clark from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership. Eleven first-year teachers were also honored for outstanding performance during their induction year. Leslie Sloan from Spartanburg High School was awarded the Crystal Apple - the top award for a new teacher.
Lauding each and every school for their accomplishments of the past year and their “Big Hairy Audacious Goals or BHAGS” for 2014-15, Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker challenged his team to continue on the path of excellence in pursuit of making District 7 the model District in the Southeast.
Keynote speaker Travis Allen echoed those sentiments and applauded the district for their drive to put technology in the hands of each and every student in the district. Dubbed as a “budding Bill Gates”, the 23-year-old Allen has become a national sensation with his upstart company iSchool Initiative.
All the excitement was captured and is shared in this photo gallery. Images courtesy of John Wolfe, SHS Guidance Counselor.