Male head start teacher first in South Carolina
June 2, 2013 by James
Marcus Tate, head start teacher of the Spartanburg Piedmont Community Action’s Z.L. Madden Head Start Center, was recently named the Head Start Teacher of the Year for South Carolina. No doubt poster printing and flyer printing were used by the Center to announce this award to the general community, as Tate is the first male in the state to win this prestigious award.
Tate has used the skills he learned from his grandfather to teach children about farming and to use those skills to help youngsters learn about responsibility and life. The children work in a garden established through the joint efforts of the Charles Lea Center and funding from grants.
Tate was given the award for his leadership and approach to learning in which he considers that teaching children about where food comes from can be important to their understanding of how it appears in stores. He found that receiving the award was both an exciting and humbling experience. For the next round, he will compete for the regional title against other teachers and then, if he is successful, will go on to compete on a national level.
A non-profit agency serving close to 600 children of low-income families in the counties of Spartanburg and Cherokee, Piedmont Community Actions Head Start has as its goal to prepare these children for kindergarten with the skills they need to be successful in school, so that they can be fully educated during their college years and emerge from the poverty cycle in which they live.