The Jasper County School District held their annual opening Convocation. This event is held at the beginning of the school year for employees, before students return, to jump start the new school year. Convocation usually sets the mode for the school year. In support of the district, several county and city officials, along with surrounding Jasper County education directors, attended convocation.
The most important part of this event is the convocation address. Equally, this message inspires and reminds employees of why their role is so important to the education system of Jasper County. This year’s address was given by Latoya Dixon, Ph.D., Director, Office of School Transformation for the South Carolina Department of Education.
Dixon began her career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher after graduating from Clemson University. She has served as an elementary school principal, middle school co-principal, and transformational leader. Dixon holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, an Educational Specialist Degree, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina. Dixon is a co-founder of the first Edcamp South Carolina.
Dixon’s passion for leading and learning is rooted in her story of how education transformed her very own life. She shared powerful, memorable moments of how an educator shaped her life, personally and professionally. She mentioned how her childhood was similar to the students of JCSD; but with the guidance and support of one of her teachers, she was able to accomplish her dreams. Her message was relatable to many students and employees of JCSD.
Employees felt inspired after hearing the convocation address; several shared positive comments and sincere appreciation for Dixon’s message.
Also during this event, a JCSD transportation employee was honored. Mr. Alvin Adkins was presented with a plaque in appreciation for his commitment and dedication to the students and staff of JCSD.
JCSD students begin school on August 17.