District Kicks Off Year with Inspirational 7Shares

Wednesday August 10 was a day for hugs and hankies as District 7 educators and staff got together to kick off the start of the new school year. The hugs came as employees reconnected with one another following the summer break and the hankies came later with one inspirational presentation after another!
With a nod to the summer Olympics, Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker welcomed more than 1200 employees to the annual 7Shares Conference and in a “parade of nations” fashion the District’s 14 Principals were introduced to rousing cheers from their respective schools. In addition to Dr. Booker’s keynote speech to the D7 team, students from The Cleveland Academy of Leadership and Jesse Boyd Elementary brought the crowd to their feet with performances that rivaled the best of Broadway! Underscoring the District’s mission “to inspire and equip students for meaningful lives of leadership and service as world citizens,” teachers spent the afternoon engaged in a variety of professional learning opportunities.
With accolades for those who recently earned masters and doctorate degrees, the District also recognized new induction teachers with the Crystal Apple Award and 14 outstanding teachers from each school with Teacher of the Year Awards. The award for the top District Teacher of the Year was presented to Latyphani Littlejohn from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership, and the top Crystal Apple Award winner was Kenesha Hardy from Mary H. Wright.
Also honored were all the individual school winners for teacher of the year - Callie Sandifer, Jesse Boyd Elementary; William Neely, Chapman Elementary; Sherrie Jeffries, Houston Elementary; Elnora Anderson, Mary H. Wright Elementary; Angie Powell, Pine Street Elementary; Jessica Biershenk, E.P. Todd School; Patrick Donnelly, Carver Middle; Karen Copley, McCracken Middle; Michelle Gray, SHS Freshman Academy; Mary Brito, Spartanburg High School; Marjo Chappell, McCarthy Teszler School; and Kimberly Savage, Whitlock Flexible Learning Center. All of them will represent their schools, motivate and inspire fellow educators, and champion the positive contributions of the teaching profession.

Cleveland Academy Choir Performs “I Wanna Be A Leader”

Bright stars from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership under the talents of Barbara Wilson inspired teachers to continue to lead the way during opening session of 7Shares.

Jesse Boyd Troupe Performs “Best Years of My Life”

Keeping to the beat educators Jonathan Duvall, Dale Fischer, Matt McDaniel, Nancy Toms along with students Addyson Crocker, Molly McAbee, Kailyn Smith, Jashaun Talley, Sam VanHyning, and Andrew Walker told teachers what school means to them.

Opening Session Photo Gallery

Thanks to John Wolfe, SHS Guidance Counselor, and photographer extraordinaire, all the excitement of 7Shares was captured.

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