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Kershaw County Adult Education earns state recognition again

Jan. 7, 2022

Adult Education AwardsThe Kershaw County Adult Education (KCAE) program again earned state recognition for its efforts. The SC Association for Adult and Continuing Education (SCAACE) honored two KCAE teachers and a student at its 2020-21 awards program.

KCAE math teacher Karen McAvoy won the Region 2 Linda Belue Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award. McAvoy teaches GED math and TABE math with an emphasis on teaching critical thinking skills. She is also a former Lugoff-Elgin High School Teacher of the Year—where she teaches math—and a Kershaw County School District Honor Roll Teacher of the Year.

"Mrs. McAvoy was recognized not only for the passion and commitment that she displays for her students, but also for her strong technology skills that proved vital due to having to shift to virtual instruction as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic," said Kershaw County Adult Education Director Weyland Burns.

KCAE test administrator and teacher Cathy Hucks won the statewide Paraprofessional of the Year Award.

"Ms. Hucks helps to coordinate formal online testing events, and she teaches all GED subjects as well," Burns said. "Mrs. Hucks was selected based on the commitment she has shown to our program and her students. She has a special knack for being able to connect with students in a way that makes them feel special and confident."

KCAE student Hailey Scarborough won the Region 2 Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year Award. This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership and overcome difficult circumstances to pursue adult learning, supported other adult learners and managed significant adult responsibilities.

Burns noted, "Hailey was a leader in the classroom because her determined perseverance to overcome her own struggles encouraged her to spur other students on to do the same."

The Kershaw County Adult Education program assists Kershaw County adults in completing a secondary-school education including earning a GED (General Education Development) certificate or high school diploma. For more information, call (803) 425-8980 or visit

Photo Caption (l to r): KCAE student Hailey Scarborough, Teacher Karen McAvoy, College and Career Navigator Bridgett Bailey, Adult Education Director Weyland Burns. Test Administrator and Teacher Cathy Hucks, Teacher LeKeith Bufford and Teacher Chanelle Wright celebrate the program's state recognition.

Mary Anne Byrd