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Art alliance names J.W. Moore teacher as region’s outstanding art educator

on Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Posted in News, Education, Local News

Art alliance names J.W. Moore teacher as region’s outstanding art educator
Florence One teacher Sharri Duncan, second from left, is shown with Dr. Erick Figueras, left, director of Arts and Innovative Programs, April Leroy, second from right, principal at John W. Moore Elementary, and Kelly Jokisch, right, board member with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance awarded Sharri Duncan the 2020 Greg Fry Arts Educator Award. The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award is presented annually to an outstanding arts educator who either resides or works in Florence County. 

Duncan, who teaches art at John W. Moore, was nominated for the award by Harriet McMillan, visual art teacher at Wilson High School. Award recipients receive a specially-commissioned artwork. The artwork to Duncan was provided by Kimberly Washburn, a fiber and textile artist who serves as the Curator of Education at the Florence County Museum. 

This year Duncan is the author of the Inform! Inspire! Innovate! Through the Arts grant funded by the South Carolina Department of Education supporting the fine arts courses of visual arts, music, theater, and dance in the amount of $18,000 at John W. Moore. 

Recently, Duncan recorded a Master lesson for South Carolina ETV. The lesson was prepared through a partnership between Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) and South Carolina ETV’s LearningWhy lesson plan database. 

Organizers of the project tout the importance of the lesson database with the necessity of remote learning due to COVID 19 and the disparity of learning for students without internet access. 

Duncan, who is a National Board-Certified Teacher and who has also served as the 2018-19 Florence 1 Schools Teacher of the Year, said “It is such an honor to be recognized by this outstanding (The Florence Regional Arts Alliance) organization.”

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