Spartanburg County Foundation Honors Dr. Gloria Close

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.

A Video Tribute to Gloria Close

Congratulating Close on behalf of the District, Dr. Russell Booker said, “Gloria has served as a guidance counselor for several District 7 schools, including McCracken Middle School, Spartanburg High School’s Freshman Academy and now the Viking Early College. She has devoted her professional and personal life to helping young people pave their way to success. Whether pushing our students to reach for more or cultivating their confidence along the way, Gloria knows no limits when it comes to inspiring our children to reach for their dreams.”

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