Emmett Scott School alumni to be recognized

Emmett Scott School was the first public Black school in Rock Hill. This year is the school’s 100th anniversary

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Friday, October 16th, Emmett Scott School Alumni will be recognized as trailblazers in education in York County. 

In 1920, during a time when Black people were denied education and schools were segregated, The Emmet Scott School was built in York County. Carrying the namesake of Booker T. Washington’s assistant, Emmett Scott was the first public school for Black people in Rock Hill. 

WCNC Charlotte’s Billie Jean Shaw spoke to Samuel R. Foster, a former principal of Emmett Scott School, to learn more about the school’s legacy.

“It was the center of the Black church,” Foster said. “The Black school was the center of activity in the Black community.”

Foster was the principal at Emmett Scott School for three years, up until its closing in 1970. Students who

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UP Visayas alumni help students cope with online learning

SCHOOL AT HOME A group of students from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) turns the house of a UPV alumnus in Pandan, Antique, into a virtual classroom. —PHOTO COURTESY OF ARDEN ROD CONDEZ

ILOILO CITY—For the past month, Aienna Guerra and eight other freshman students of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) have been attending classes in their hometown of Pandan in Antique province, about 185 kilometers from the UPV campus in Miag-ao town, Iloilo province.

While many students are struggling to cope with online classes due to lack of gadgets and stable internet connection, Guerra and her schoolmates are thankful that a group of UPV alumni and students in their town is helping provide them learning spaces and laptop computers.

It takes about three hours of land travel to reach Pandan from the capital town of San Jose in Antique, five hours

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W&M alumni adjusting to remote teaching in special education classes

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    Building relationships:
     Zack Fetters ’16, M.Ed. ’18 is in his second year teaching at Laurel Lane Elementary in Williamsburg. “I’ve had to be creative in how I maintain relationships and build relationships with new students,” he says.
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by Dave Johnson

September 25, 2020

School is back in session, but the pandemic continues. As a result, teachers across the country — at all levels — are conducting their classrooms online.

For those who work in special education, it’s been particularly challenging. Their students have various learning differences that make teaching a challenge even in the best of circumstances. Now, that in-person connection, which is so vital to teaching and learning, comes through a laptop camera lens.

Zack Fetters ’16, M.Ed. ’18 and Josh Dulaney ’18, M.Ed. ’20, both graduates of the William & Mary School of Education and former linebackers on the Tribe’s football team, are relative newcomers

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