Florence 1 Schools named Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year


Florence 1 Schools, named Lisa Raison, Teacher of the Year. Lisa Raison, is the special education teacher, at West Florence High School, with 27 years of service in the classroom. Raison, is a member of the Transition Alliance Committee, and other organizations, to help educate special education students in their transition to life after their time in high school. Raison, is a member of the Florence 1 School's Autism Spectrum Disorder program, which provides teachers and staff training about autism and provide tools that can be used to help these students excel in the classroom.

Dr. Richard O'Malley named Deborah Cribb, the Florence 1 Schools, Principal of the Year. Cribb served as principal of McLaurin Elementary since 1999. Cribb's career in education spans over 37 years.

According to a release from Florence 1 Schools:
“Mrs. Cribb is very passionate about her role of being a school leader for Florence 1 Schools. She has created an inviting culture that is centered around student achievement and building relationships with students, staff, parents and the community,” said Michelle McBride, Assistant Superintendent for K-5 Instruction. “Debbie truly deserves this honor, and I'm glad that she is being recognized for her efforts at McLaurin Elementary.

McLaurin McLaurin Elementary is the largest elementary school, in the Florence 1 District, and has a student body of 848 students. McLaurin Elementary is the only school the district, that serves as a Montesorri school, for which Cribb has been a champion of the Montesorri program.

Wanda Parrot, Assistant Principal of Savannah Grove Elementary, was honored this week, as Florence 1 School's Assistant Principal of the Year.

According to a release from Florence 1 Schools:

“Mrs. Parrott has served the Savannah Grove Elementary School and community for many years in various capacities. In this short period of time, I have found her to be willing to help in any way she can regardless of the task,” said LaTonya Yates-Ford, Principal of Savannah Grove Elementary.
“Her nurturing spirit transcends age, as she not only cares for our students but the adults as well. Mrs. Parrott is dedicated to SGES and the families we serve. Savannah Grove Elementary School has been and will continue to be blessed and rise with Gator Pride because Mrs. Wanda Williams-Parrott is a cornerstone that holds us together,” she added.
Outside of academia, Parrot is a wife and a mother of two sons. She is an active member of her church, loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys reading.

Mrs. Parrot will now be considered for the title of South Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year, through the SC School Administrators' Principal of the Year awards program.

Photo Credit: Florence 1 Schools / Steve Camlin