South Carolina
Association for MIddle Level Education

Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson Teaching Excellence Award

2022The South Carolina Association of Middle Level Education (SCAMLE) established the Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson Teaching Excellence Award to honor the work of Dr. Wilson after her untimely death on August 28, 2011. Dr. Wilson was an associate professor of middle level education and literacy at the University of South Carolina who was well known throughout the state and nation as a passionate teacher and a tireless advocate for young adolescent education. Dr. Wilson was a 2008–2009 Fulbright scholar in Norway, director of the Santee-Wateree Writing Project, and founder of the nonprofit organization “A Chance through Literacy.” She served the SCAMLE (formerly SCMSA ) as editor of the SCAMLE (formerly SCMSA) Journal and as a board member, and she was actively involved in the work of the Middle Level Teacher Education Initiative sponsored by the SCAMLE (formerly SCMSA).The Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson Teaching Excellence Award recognizes significant contributions of a classroom teacher, literacy leader, or teacher educator who has had a significant long-term impact on the advancement of middle level teaching excellence in South Carolina schools or colleges and universities. The contribution may be in service, leadership, and/or research.

The application consists of the nomination form including a one-page narrative and two letters of recommendation. The nomination form must be submitted electronically by January 20th, 2023.

‚ÄčThe presentation of this award is at the discretion of the SCAMLE Board of Directors. The award will be presented at the SCAMLE annual conference. The recipient will not be notified of his or her nomination or selection; however, the selection committee will inform the winner’s family so they may make arrangements to attend the awards ceremony at the conference.

Previous Recipients:
2013        
Dr. Delayne Johnson, Clemson University
2014        Tara Nanke, Fulmer Middle School
2015        Dr. Robert Vanderburg, Claflin University
2016        Andy Posey, Fulmer Middle School
2017        Dr. David Vawter, Winthrop University
2018        Dr. G. Nathan Carnes, The University of South Carolina

2019        Dr. Gary Senn, The University of South Carolina Aiken

2020        Dr. Marla Sanders

2021        Dr. Bridget Coleman, University of South Carolina Aiken

2022        Dr. Deborah McMultrie, University of South Carolina Aiken


Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award

The South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SCAMLE) established the Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award to honor the work of Dr. Wall. Dr. Wall was passionate about middle level education, having served as a middle level teacher and administrator and serving the South Carolina Middle School Association as the first president to serve a two-year term. Dr. Wall was also instrumental in helping South Carolina become a nationally recognized Schools to Watch state. The Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award recognizes significant contribution(s) of an individual, school, or organization. The winner must exhibit a considerable, long-term impact on the advancement of middle level education in South Carolina. The contribution could be in one or more of the following areas: service, leadership, and/or research.

The application consists of the nomination form including a one-page narrative and two letters of recommendation. The nomination form must be submitted electronically by January 20th, 2023.

‚ÄčThe presentation of this award is at the discretion of the SCAMLE Board of Directors. The award will be presented at the SCAMLE Annual Conference. The recipient will be notified of his or her nomination. The selection committee will inform the recipient so he or she may make arrangements to attend the conference to receive the award. The recipient will be invited to serve on the selection committee the following year.

Previous Recipients:

2012        Dr. Phyllis Pendarvis

2013        Dr. Baron Holmes

2014        Linda Allen

2015        Dr. Fred Splittgerber

2016        Lillie Lewis

2017        Larry Allen

2018        Karen Bullard

2019        Dr. Chris Burkett

2020        Dr. David McDonald

2021        Carol Brooks

2022        Dr. Dixon Brooks


Bishop-Kuntz Award

At the 35th SCMSA Conference in 2012, all former presidents were honored.  Molly Kuntz served as the 11th president in 1987-88.  After the conference, Ms. Kuntz requested the establishment of an award to recognize a middle level classroom teacher attending the conference.  Each year for 20 years, a classroom teacher will receive $100 to be used to support classroom activities.  SCAMLE is grateful for the $2,000 donation from Ms. Kuntz to recognize classroom teachers.

About us

The vision of South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, the leading proponent for the education of young adolescents, is to serve as an advocate for quality middle level education; promote public awareness and create support; and provide quality member services.

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South Carolina 
Association for Middle Level Education

225 Gardenwalk Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170

Phone +1.803.261.6117 (call or text)

E-mail: david.mcdonald@scamle.org

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