Barb Collins

AUG_Barb-CollinsSHE is an Active Advocate.  SHE is a Phenomenal Philanthropist.  SHE is Barb Collins, our SHEro!

Barb Collins has 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, strategic development, and board governance and innovation. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a degree in Gerontology (a multidisciplinary study of aging), Barb began her career in management and public relations for a retirement community in Blacksburg, Virginia. Ensuing positions took her north to Minnesota and Wisconsin, where roles in resource development and alumni relations at William Mitchell College of Law and St. Norbert College gave her extensive experience organizing, managing, and working with boards and nonprofits. A life altering trip through Tanzania lit a flame within Barb to serve in a more impactful way. Barb was determined to find a way to show that one individual could reach across the ocean and make a difference in the lives of others.

dfw_vlogo2In 1993, after moving her family to Greenville, a causal invitation to a potluck dinner celebrating her neighbor Marsha Wallace’s birthday started a movement that is changing the way the world works. Fueled by their joint passion, Barb and Marsha founded Dining for Women from their dining room tables.  Dining for Women is the world’s largest educational giving circle, dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women and girls living in the developing world. Their philanthropic model is proving that small contributions and individual actions, aggregated together, can make a deep and transformational impact in the lives of both the giver and receiver.

With over four hundred chapters and 8,000 members spread throughout the U.S., Dining for Women celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it.  Since the first chapter meeting in 2013, over $7 million has been raised, funding 214 projects, in 142 organizations, in more than 40 countries.  Last year they celebrated the launch of an inaugural collaborative partnership with a $100,000 grant to the Peace Corps “Let Girls Learn” initiative, funding 39 projects in 23 countries, breaking down barriers to educate 2,416 girls.

In 2014, Barb was named an Everyday Freedom Hero by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  After many years serving as chair of the Dining for Women Board of Director’s, Barb continues to serve on the Board, chairs the Resource Development Committee, and sits on the Grants and Partnership Oversight Committee.  In 2015, she earned her Leadership Certificate for Nonprofit Board Chairs through BoardSource.  As Co-Founder of Dining for Women, Barb frequently speaks and serves as ambassador for the organization.

Barb still lives in Greenville, with her husband Greg, a Siberian Husky named Annie, and a feisty cat named Phoenix. Barb is a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.  Her older daughter (Nora) is a banker in Charlotte, while her younger daughter, (Jeanette) works in marketing and management in Jacksonville.  Barb’s mom, Jo, recently moved in with her, adding a welcomed generation to the household. Barb is currently writing her father’s memoir, A Book of Hope in a Turbulent World, which she hopes to publish by December.

Paint a sign with Verdant Market

Verdant Market is a locally-owned sign making company that takes all the prep work and design angst out of the equation! We’ve all wanted to say we painted that beautiful sign hanging up in our house, but we either (a) ain’t got that kinda time or (b) ain’t got that kinda skill (or [c] ALL OF THE ABOVE).

Kelly at Verdant Market had the idea to take all the guesswork out, and that means you’re left with the FUN and the GREAT SIGN (and an impressive story for all your Pinterest-loving friends).

The SHE Staff went to her shop in Simpsonville to try it out, and we were AMAZED at how easy and fun it was, and how great they turned out:

There will be multiple colors and stains to choose from, and fun stencils for every taste. If you walked into Hobby Lobby, these would cost $20-$30, but you can MAKE YOUR OWN for just $18 at SHE! Come to the CREATE Area on Friday between 4-7pm or on Saturday between 12-4pm to make yours!

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See her website here, where you can schedule your own sign painting party! And follow her on Facebook!

Pintergarten Classes in the Create Area

NEW this year to SHE: Pintergarten Classes! (Pinterest/Kindergarten, see what we did there?)

For you ladies who LOVE doing Pinterest-worthy projects (but HATE the set up and the clean up), we’ve done ALL the work for you! Set right down and make your choice of project(s) to take home:

Then snap a picture for your Instagram and brag that you totally just made this all by yourself.

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Dr. Angela Hutcheson

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Dr. Angela Hutcheson is currently practicing with Carolina Dermatology of Greenville with the Greenville Health System, and is committed to providing excellent care to her patients. Board certified in Dermatology, she specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, skin cancer (cutaneous oncology) including melanoma, and she also enjoys helping patients improve with cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Hutcheson was first introduced to dermatology when assigned to an AHEC (area health education center) during medical school. She was completely hooked, convinced it was the field for her, and never looked back. She is especially passionate about educating patients about skin cancer and melanoma, particularly skin cancer prevention.

Dr. Hutcheson makes time to give back to the local community, serving on the board of Loaves & Fishes – a wonderful non-profit driven to end food insecurity in Greenville County by rescuing food from end-of-day waste (like from restaurants and grocery stores) and providing it to agencies that feed the underserved in our community. She is also a member of Greenville Women Giving, a woman-strong philanthropic organization that works to strategically and collectively identify and fund worthy organizations in the area of arts, education, environment, health, and human services in Greenville County. In addition, Dr. Hutcheson is also on the Admissions Committee at the USC School of Medicine Greenville, and is involved with Cancer Care Committee for the Greenville Health System.

Dr. Angela Hutcheson is married to Dr. Kelby Hutcheson of Carolina Center for Advanced Management of Pain. They have three terrific children – Joshua, Justin, and Ellie. The Hutchesons are involved members at their church, Fellowship Greenville. In her spare time, Dr. Hutcheson loves being out on the lake with her family and enjoying nature. She also enjoys teaching our children about serving others and philanthropy.

Zoila Lopez

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SHE is a Barrier Breaker. SHE is Beautiful in Blue. SHE is Officer Zoila Lopez, our SHEro!

Zoila Lopez has been an officer with the Greenville Police Department for over 13 years. When she joined the force in 2004, she was the organization’s first Hispanic female officer.

Zoila Lopez’s humble beginnings trace back to November 22, 1972 when she was born in Hawthorne, California as the fourth of five children to Mexican immigrants. She spent her youth in Compton, a dangerous city south of downtown Los Angeles, an area synonymous with gangs and drug activity. Zoila learned to become independent at the age of nine, when her family unit broke apart with her parents each remarrying and leaving her to fend for herself.

At the age of 15, Zoila became pregnant with her daughter (Giselle) and soon thereafter dropped out of high school. She would later marry her high school sweet heart and have two more children: a daughter (Azaria) and a son (Josh). Unfortunately, Zoila became a single mother when her son was just two years old.

Determined to make a better life for her and her children, Zoila returned to school and earned her GED in 1994. She then remarried and had two more daughters, (Gianina and Jocelyn) while continuing to push forward, attending parenting classes and career oriented training. During this time, Zoila worked various jobs to support her family: she worked at a pig slaughterhouse, a turkey slaughterhouse, as a receptionist, a waitress, a sub preparer and many other trades.

In 2004, she decided to begin a career in law enforcement and enrolled in the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia. Shortly before starting at the academy, Zoila found herself once again becoming a single mom as her second marriage was ending in divorce after 13 years of physical and verbal abuse. Unable to adequately care for her young children while attending the police academy, Zoila turned to her church family for help. All of her children were placed in different homes while she completed training.

For ten weeks, Zoila drove home every Friday to see her babies, then returned to Columbia on Sundays. The stress of attending the police academy began to take a toll on her physically and mentally but she continued to study and remain focused. Zoila graduated from the police academy in June 2004.

Officer Lopez’s career began on Uniform Patrol, working swinging 12-hour shifts. Her duties included responding to house and business alarms, making arrest for DUI’s, locating lost children, and defusing verbal disputes. After 13 years, Officer Lopez now works Monday through Friday and is able to stay at home at nights with her youngest daughter, who is only ten. She is currently assigned to City Hall where she is responsible for providing security and attending City Council meetings.

Outside of City Hall, Officer Lopez handles city’s Greenville Cares Program – a one-stop customer service center where citizens can report any issues or concerns. She also volunteers as a victim advocate for the police department, offering emotional support, information, and resources for victims of crimes in our area. Officer Lopez, who is fluent in Spanish, also assists with translating for victims who speak very little or no English, as well as for her fellow officers.

Officer Lopez is certified as a bike patrol Officer through (LEBA) Law Enforcement Bike Association. She also developed a new crime prevention tool to combat bicycle theft through the Bicycle Registration Program for the Greenville City Police Department.

Greenville PD recognized Officer Lopez’s love for job and humanity, and she was selected to be a part of the Crisis Negotiation Team in 2012. She was certified through NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to react appropriately to situations involving mental illness, developmental disability, or emotionally disturbed persons. She has been trained to communicate with people who are threatening violence, suicide, and terrorism; including barricaded subjects, and hostage-takers. In the past five years, Officer Lopez has responded to mentally ill individuals and successfully talked several subjects out of committing suicide.

officer lopez - click magazineIn 2016, Officer Lopez was featured on the cover of Click Magazine for their March issue titled Example of Bravery. She was also featured recognized was featured on the cover of BEyouTIFUL LATINA for the March-April 2016 issue titled Hispanics in Law Enforcement.

Despite being a single mother, Officer Lopez has raised five wonderful children and she is very proud of the adults they’ve become. Her eldest, Giselle (28), is married with two beautiful children, and is currently studying to become a nurse and serves as a translator for a dentist’s office. Azaria (26) is a very talented makeup artist who freelances and works for MAC Cosmetics. She has one daughter with her high school sweetheart, to whom she is engaged. Josh (25), who serves with the U.S. Marine Corps, is married with a handsome 1 year old son. Gianina (21) currently works as a host for a local business and is studying to follow in her older brother’s footsteps in becoming a Marine. Jocelyn (10) just finished 5th grade and enjoys singing, dancing, and creating videos.

Despite having her hands full with her own children and their growing families, for the last 2 years Zoila has been sponsoring from Bolivia through World Vision. Not only does she make a monthly monetary donation, Zoila also mails gifts to her sponsor child (Lucely Torrez) who is only 6 years old. In 2016, Zoila’s elderly neighbor became terminally ill and was unable to care for her 8 year old granddaughter, Shakariya. After her neighbor passed away, Zoila did not hesitate to take Shakariya in; making sure she was fed, made it to school on time, and that she felt the love her family had to offer. Zoila was active in Shakariya’s education, attending parent teacher meetings and awards. Shakariya now lives with her aunt but, still keeps in contact with the Lopez family.

When Zoila is off duty she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and the family dogs Rooney (a 3 year old Chocolate Lab) and Winston (a rescued 3 month hound mix). She also relaxes by going to the firing range, hiking, movies, and the lake.

Zoila Lopez is a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a police officer and she would not be where she is today if it not were for her children and her life experiences.

God has blessed me beyond what I deserve and for that I give him thanks!” ~Officer Zoila Lopez

WIN A CAR + a ton of prizes at SHE!

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You read that right – we’re giving away a CAR (a 2017 Honda Civic from Breakaway Honda) in the HOT 98.1 MetroPCS Summer of HOT Car Giveaway!! Anyone can register, and one lucky winner WILL drive away with a new car on Saturday afternoon!

Find out more about the contest, including MORE WAYS TO ENTER, here!

As if a CAR wasn’t enough, we also have a TON of other prizes to win, including gift cards, clothing and accessories, services (like massages, tooth whitening, facials, etc.), health and beauty products (such as a new flat iron, essential oils gift basket, makeup, skin cream, etc.)… basically a whole lot of awesome free stuff from our vendors!

If you wanna get specific:

VENDOR PRIZE
107.3 JAMZ Janet Jackson tickets + $75 Lowe’s Foods Gift Card
99.5 CHUCK FM Third Eye Blind Tickets + Amazon Echo Dot
9Round Prize to be determined
Adam & Eve Satisfyer Pro2
American HomePride, Inc. Gift Basket
Awe Inspired, LLC DoTerra Essential Oils
Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss B. 12 Shot Package
Bionyx Skincare & Vinevera Moisturizer
Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston A Children’s Bible
Cornerstone Construction 2 tickets to a sporting event
Damsel in Defense Sockitto me & Pepper Spray
Dot Dot Smile A Girls Dress
Elegant Budoir Photography (Russell Brinson,LLC) 1 FREE photo session
Ettamarie and Juice Plus Necklace and earrings set
Five Forks Dental Care/ Bella Vita Spa Free Whitening & Free Facial
Fresh Scents Soy Candles 1 of each item
Gifted Hands Artisan Soap Spa Gift Set
Greenville Vein & Bodysculpting Gift Certificate
Happy Feet Massaging Insoles One pair of insoles
Helpers of the Vine Prize to be determined
HOT 98.1 2017 Honda Civic
ILY Soaps Gift Basket of Products
Jeunesse Global Box of Instantly Ageless
Kiss a Prince Soap Gift Set
Koinophobic $25 Store Credit
Layla Designs Free Dress of Choice
Lipps by Jan/Lips to Dye For by Holly Lip Kit consisting of a lip color, gloss and oops!
LulaRoe Leggings and an outfit
Mome Jewelry Designs Necklace, earring and bracelet set
Monat 3 Piece Mont System ($99 Value)
Mrs. T’s Boutique Gift Certificate
Oakview Medical Associates Laser Hair removal & Hair loss treatment, Face Botox & Skin care gift basket
Orangetheory Fitness 10 pack of classes ($199 value)
Palmetto Physical Medicine 30 min. gift massage
Pampered Chef Prize TBD
Sista*ta*Sista featuring Paparazzi Jewelry Jewelry
Paradise Home Improvement Gift card
Psychic Solutions 3 meditation sessions
Real Time Pain Relief Prize to be determined
Simply Savvy Boutique Dress
Snooty Hooty Too LLC Sterling Silver Earrings
Southern Ember Candle Co. 9 oz Hazelnut Latte Candle
Tony Skin Makeup Bag and Goodies
Twisted Chic’s Salon Boutique Flat Iron
UFC Gym 1 month, 3 month & 6 month memberships
Ultra Tan/Ultra Skin Wax Center Ultraskin Wax Center $50 gift card; $50 Card to Ultra Tan
Vida Gynecology Gift Basket
X 98.5 FM Fall Out Boy Tickets + Amazon Echo Dot
Young Living Essential Oils Home  and Health Wellness Basket

 

Rhonda Rawlings

SHE is a Valiant Voice. SHE is an Amazing Altruist. SHE is Rhonda Rawlings-Peak, our SHEro!

Rhonda currently serves as News and Community Affairs Director and On-Air Personality at SummitMedia Greenville. We are constantly in awe at her unwavering passion and commitment to inform, educate, inspire, and improve the lives of everyone she encounters. Plus, she is an amazing mom to boot!

In her words…

RR-SHEro“I was inspired at a young age to go into broadcasting, and honestly other than playing for the New York Yankees it was the only career path I considered! I’ve had a passion for news and entertainment from an early age and I would practice my interviewing skills on anyone who would participate. I feel blessed every day to be able to work for a company that is striving to make a difference in the community.

“I’m so passionate about my job as News and Community Affairs Director because the position provides me with an amazing platform to get information out to the community. Often times, there are services people may not be aware of, but can assist them and their families in their everyday lives through education, employment, finances, affordable housing and so much more.

“I am involved in quite a few community projects.  One of my passions is trying to help end hunger in our communities. I have been on the Advisory Board for Harvest Hope Food Bank for the past 5 years. I love that the organization helps people with food insecurity while also connecting them with other agencies to help conquer the issues contributing to their food insecurity in the first place; such as employment services, job training, and health care. I also serve on the YMCA Youth and Teen Services Board and I am the Chair for their Christian Emphasis Board. The YMCA Youth and Teen Services Department champions many amazing programs for young people including Youth in Government and Teen Achievers programs.

“Volunteer work is very important to me. One of the things I am most proud of is coordinating our Summit Serves program (every month, SummitMedia Greenville employees participate in a service project within the Upstate community). We have helped Habitat for Humanity build a home for a low income family, cooked dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House, collected, donated and read books to students at local schools and community centers, served lunch at soup kitchens, hosted donation drives for canned food, school supplies, and toys; as well as a variety of other service projects. I’m proud to work for a company that supports and encourages efforts to serve the community. I also volunteer as a Mentor for the Furman University Women of Excellence Program and the Legacy Charter School Transitional Coach Program to help high school seniors transition from high school to college.

“When I’m not working I love traveling (Disney, the beach and quick road trips are my fave), Broadway shows, concerts, Sports events, spending time with my friends and especially hugging on my teenage son, Daniel (which he tolerates most of the time).”

Congratulations, Rhonda! We are so blessed to know you and admire the grace and enthusiasm with which you serve the Upstate community.

Know a SHEro that you’d like to nominate? Email us here!

SHE 2017 Beneficiary: Greenville County Animal Care

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Greenville County Animal Care is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through adoption, education, and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care. They have the largest, most diverse selection of adoptable pets in the Upstate, and their innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Greenville County toward becoming a no-kill community.

Though the shelter itself is government-funded, their need far outweighs the funding they get, so they created the Second Chance Fund.

Donations made to the Second Chance Fund are tax deductible in accordance with IRS Publication 526 under donations made to local governments for purposes of public good.

Each year, Greenville County Animal Care advances its mission of humane animal care in our community. They greatly appreciate their partners, friends and supporters who generously give to help them make a difference.

The SHE Celebrity Fashion Show!

New this year at SHE: the Celebrity Fashion Show!

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Our in-house fashion, makeup, beauty (and all things slayable) expert Barbie T is bringing together of local celebrities for a fashion show to top all fashion shows!

Barbie is SO excited to be coordinating this show. Almost as excited as the time Beyonce did anything at all ever.

You can expect a slew of attractive celebrities modeling fashions of all types. I’m sure they would enjoy the validation that comes with people clapping while you walk across a stage.

 

So far, our celebrities include:

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Aubrey Jackson joined the WYFF 4 news team in August 2016 as a live reporter each weekday morning on WYFF News 4 Today. Before moving back to her hometown of Greenville, Aubrey worked as a feature reporter and fill-in host for a local lifestyle show in Davenport, IA. where she interviewed celebrities including Eva Longoria … Continue reading “Aubrey Jackson”

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Charles Russ

Charles Russ was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. After serving seven years — including multiple deployments — he left active duty to open his own business … Continue reading “Charles Russ”

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Cody Alcorn

Cody Alcorn is a FOX Carolina News Tonight Co-Anchor who, along with Diana Watson, reports in the 4pm, 10pm and 11pm news broadcasts. Cody volunteers a lot of his time helping out local non-profits and charities in a variety of roles from delivering meals, emceeing, judging, to even dancing. When he’s not at work or helping out … Continue reading “Cody Alcorn”

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Eryn Rogers

Eryn Rogers is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reporter and fill-in anchor for WSPA-TV in Greenville, South Carolina. While in the Palmetto state, she’s covered national stories such as an elementary school shooting in a small South Carolina town, deadly protests in Charlotte, the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House, hometown teams heading … Continue reading “Eryn Rogers”

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JaVarius Conway

JaVarius Conway is a model and an actor born and raised in Greenville, S.C. He started acting at a young age, and focused on sports during his teenage years, but now he’s full-time focused on Hollywood. He began is acting journey in 2013 for Erica Johnson’s play “The Replacement.” In 2015, he made his transition … Continue reading “JaVarius Conway”

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JoAnn Johnson

JoAnn Johnson is an author and executive chef/owner for All J’s Catering. JoAnn Johnson is a tv personality, author, motivational speaker and chef. She has fed hundreds of thousands of people including A-list celebrities and politicians. She hosts the shows Good Mood Good Food on The CW, WCYW and Empower Your Body Empower Your Mind … Continue reading “JoAnn Johnson”

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Nate Cox

Nate Cox (or, as he’s better known: Nate C. The Chief) is an Upstate DJ who started his career as a teenager with big dreams. From there, he began helping his long-time friend DJ Apollo and grow his business in the Upstate. He has a signature style that goes perfectly with his signature dreads, and … Continue reading “Nate Cox”

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Ted Phaeton

Ted Phaeton is the co-anchor of The Morning News and meteorologist for FOX Carolina. Ted grew up in Brentwood, NY, and went to college at the University of Albany where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology. Ted went to work at WNEM-TV5 in Saginaw, MI, as the Meteorologist Trainee in March 2013 until … Continue reading “Ted Phaeton”

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Tone Hollywood

Tone Hollywood is midday DJ on 107.3 JAMZ. Tone has been on the radio in the Upstate for YEARS, but if you haven’t heard his hilarious self on air, get ready to laugh! Tone is a HUGE Clemson fanatic, a Cowboys fan, a Nike connoisseur, and a comic book geek, plus an expert on all … Continue reading “Tone Hollywood”

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Vanessa De La Vina

Vanessa De La Vina is a reporter for WSPA-TV’s Scene on 7. Vanessa was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Growing up in a Cuban family, her first language was Spanish, which quickly evolved into “Spanglish.” She loves Salsa music and Cuban food including croquetas, pastelitos, and of course, Cuban bread. If you’ve never eaten … Continue reading “Vanessa De La Vina”

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Erin Fox

Our May 2017 SHEro is Erin Fox.

As she has earned the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award (and she’s an English teach), we are not going to touch the biography she sent to us, because she conveyed her ideas far more effectively than we ever could.

SHE is… simply amazing.

“I was inspired to teach English after a few attempts to find fulfillment through several other college majors and remaining unaffected. Though I enjoyed my theatre, dance, textile design/marketing, and pre-med biology majors, I didn’t feel like they spoke to my heart. I took a Women in Literature class as a course requirement, and I finally found my voice. I loved delving into the lives and conflicts of the literary characters, and I was happily challenged to analyze the various aspects of those writings. I realized that I wanted to share these experiences and the knowledge I garnered with adolescents so that they could learn to think critically, analytically, and creatively.  I have been particularly and personally inspired by the works of Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare.

“I am passionate about teaching English because all students benefit from learning how to communicate effectively. Similarly, storytelling and poetry speak to the essence of our humanity and connect each of us in so many different ways. Therefore it is vital to the human experience and for our understanding of one another that we study universal works that help us relate to our fellow man and woman.

“I am also passionate about coaching.  I love working with my runners and helping them push themselves, mind, body, and spirit, to their limits.  I love being there with them to help set goals and see them become realities.  I enjoy being with them through the wins, and I suffer through the sorrows of a loss with them.  I feel like my runners and my students both push me to be my very best because I want them to see me achieving my goals as well.  I want for them to understand that even though we may fail at times, our failures can be the best teachers and our best tools for learning.

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“As the 2018 State Teacher of the Year I am now a member of several boards across the state, however, as my work with them is still in its infancy, I cannot speak to any projects or roles undertaken yet. But over the course of the year I will be taking an active role as an ambassador for education, a champion for students, and an advocate for teachers. I am the girls’ Varsity and JV cross country coach at Gaffney High School, through which I coach and train with runners throughout the summer and fall. I am also a member of our district teacher forum. I am a dance choreographer for our school’s homecoming committee and our Miss Cherokeean Pageant. I am also a member of our health and wellness committee, our school and district Teacher of the Year committees, and the morale committee for our school. Finally, I was the school representative for the Cherokee County Reading Council and through that was named the 2016-2017 Distinguished Teacher of Reading for Gaffney High School.

“I am involved with my church, Tryon First Baptist, to quite an extent. I serve as one of the children’s church teachers, a nursery worker, and a substitute Sunday school teacher for the youth. I am on the baptistry committee and the scholarship committee, and I have served on the nominating committee. I have participated in several dramatic and musical productions for Easter and Christmas services.

“I am highly involved with our school’s health and wellness initiative, known as Fit2gether. I work with planning in committee meetings, have taken students on a field trip presentation at the Panthers’ Stadium for Fuel Up to Play 60, and have led and participated in after school student/faculty workouts called Power Hour. I also run in charity road races to benefit organizations in our community.

“In my free time I love to be with my family. My husband Danny and I enjoy outdoor activities with our son Jack (9) and our daughter Scout (5). We like to go hiking, backpacking, camping, and boating as a couple and as a family. My husband and I also enjoy cross-country running and weightlifting.  We love spending fun weekends away at the lake, and our favorite travel destination is Disney World. We have been with our children and extended family many times, and each time is a perfect experience. I love taking my kids to watch my students play sports as well. My son is a football and basketball player, so he loves to go watch games and races and meeting the athletes who he looks up to as role models. Scout is a ballet student and quite the drama queen. She loves to watch my students in school plays and community ballet and theatrical productions. And personally I unwind best with a good book. I love to lose myself in a beautiful novel that is thought-provoking and evokes my emotions.”

Congratulations, Erin Fox. We are so pleased to know you, and SO grateful that you are shaping the minds and brightening the futures of our students.