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Celebrating Teacher Quality

University Relations

Ty Washington

There was much to give thanks for at the Improving Teacher Quality Grant Celebration Dinner at Charleston Southern University June 12.

Jack Mitchell, AT&T regional director for external affairs, presented CSU President Jairy Hunter with a check from AT&T to provide additional funding for the grant initiative.

And Dr. Paula Gregg, program manager for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, announced that the program will receive funding for the coming year.

Dr. Patty Hambrick, CSU director of academic technology and academic grants, coordinates the grant program with Charleston County school teachers from six schools. This academic year, Charleston County educators have worked with Charleston Southern professors from the School of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics.

Guest speaker, Dr. Ty Washington, a mechanical engineer and university project leader for Boeing, encouraged the teachers to embrace their assignment. “You are sometimes underappreciated, but you must give it your all every day,” he said. “Teachers, you are the builders; you create choices for children who don’t even know those choices exist,” said Washington. He told teachers to follow the three Rs. “Risk relates to opportunity.” He told teachers to take risks to build opportunity for children. “Results relate to choices.”

Teaching students STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) will lead to career choices. “Reward relates to benefits,” said Washington. The reward is the sense of accomplishment teachers can pour into students.

The grant is funded by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and is a collaboration between Charleston Southern University and Charleston County School District’s Innovation Zone.  


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.

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