Dr. Wade Brown, a Lander alumnus, was recently honored as Teacher of the Year for Dillon School District Three for 2018-2019. He is in his third year as a resource teacher at Latta Middle School. “I chose to work here because it is my hometown, and both of my children are currently attending the school. I have enjoyed coming back home to work, and I like being involved with the community.”

Dr. Brown was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Lander in December 1995. In May of 2002, he received a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in August of 2008.

“About seven years ago, I made the decision to go back into the classroom in an effort to spend more time with my children and my family. I then taught resource for four years at Dillon Middle School in Dillon,” said Dr. Brown when he recalled the turning point of decision making in his future career. After graduating from Lander, he began teaching special education for kids aged between 5-9 years old in Latta, SC. A year and a half later, he moved to Bennettsville and taught special education at Marlboro County High School for several years. Then, he served as an assistant principal at Marlboro County High School for a few years. During that time, he began serving as a special education coordinator with the Marlboro County School District. He also worked as the Director of Federal Programs which included special education and Title I.

“Being chosen as District Teacher of the Year is quite an honor. Dillon District Three has many excellent teachers, and to be selected as teacher of the year is a humbling experience.” The purpose of the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is to honor those who are representative of the state’s many outstanding educators. “I chose special education as my major because I enjoyed working with children, and I wanted to be able to help those that needed it the most.”

To current special education majors at Lander, he stated “stay the course, and that teaching can be a very rewarding career. Students may not always remember what you taught them, but they will always remember how you treated them.”