Editorial Salute - 12/22/11

The date, December 7th, triggers historically unpleasant memories for most Americans.  But from now on, for one outstanding South Carolina Army National Guard member, December 7th will always be a most-pleasant memory. That was the day, this year, that Lieutenant-Colonel, and teacher, Evet Jefferson, achieved National Board Certification, awarded to her in a Department of Education ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Jefferson's civilian job is serving her community as a high-school special education teacher.  When in uniform, as a traditional Guard member, Lt-Col. Jefferson is assigned to the mobilization section of South Carolina's Joint-Forces Headquarters in Columbia.  With her years of military service, and time spent on the civilian side in vocational rehabilitation, Evet heard the public school classroom calling, and made that transition via the Defense Department's "Troops-To-Teachers" program.  And she loves working with students.  Said she: "The most challenging (and rewarding) thing for me is for them to have as much faith in themselves, as I have in them."

Ms. Jefferson was one of only 100 teachers nationwide to receive this national certification, and the only one selected from all of South Carolina!  Our congratulations to Lt.-Col. Evet Jefferson for this honor reflecting her teaching commitment and excellence.  And our thanks for her continuing service to her state, and our nation, as an officer in the South Carolina Army Guard.