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Nancy Welch presents the 2014 Educator of the Year Award to Rep. Rita Allison

GGEF names Rep. Rita Allison
2014 Educator of the Year

The Greater Greer Education Foundation has named Rep. Rita Allison the 2014 Educator of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday night at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce's Annual Banquet at Embassy Suites.

Nancy Welch, a member of the Foundation, made the presentation.

“This year’s recipient of the Margaret Burch Educator of the Year Award is not the typical educator but one who has shaped the minds of youth as well as adults," Welch said.

"A Spartanburg County native, this person has served our area and our state for many years. If I were to list all of the accomplishments all the boards and all the areas this person has served on we would be here way on into the night. Let me just mention a few that deal with education.

"This person has served on Spartanburg District Five school board. A president and lifetime member of the PTA, a Vocational School board of directors, Education Adviser for the Governor, and the South Carolina State House Education and Public Works Committee and most recently appointed the first Republican chairwoman of the House Education and Public Works Committee. And only the second woman to be appointed or to hold that prestigious position.

"This individual is a true life-long leader and educator and will continue to lead the way in shaping the minds of people in our state as well as our education system. We are blessed she is part of the greater Greer area and that we can call her our representative. It gives me the distinct honor and pleasure on behalf of the Greater Greer Education Foundation to present the 2014 Margaret Burch Educator of the Year Award to the Honorable Rita Allison.

Welch also recognized Margaret Burch, for whom the award is named.

"Margaret has been the gracious chairman of the Greater Greer Education Foundation for the past four years," she said. "Margaret, thank you for what you've already done and for what you continue to do."

Burch stepped down as chairman of the Foundation this year but remains an active member of the board.



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