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Ayers wins SCCTE Literacy Champion Award

HCS- Ayers Horry County Schools’ Gretchen Ayers, a learning specialist for middle school English Language Arts (ELA), received the 2020 Literacy Champion Award from the South Carolina Council for Teachers of English (SCCTE). The award was presented at the Council’s annual conference held in Myrtle Beach on January 31 and February 1. Only one award is presented each year.

The SCCTE Literacy Champion Award recognizes a “literacy champion” who provides outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in a school or district. As an award recipient, Ayers will share her knowledge of best practices in combating illiteracy and her works to increase literacy awareness with other educators throughout the state.

As a district learning specialist, Ayers works with ELA teachers and curriculum coaches at middle schools in all nine attendance areas. She has 21 years of experience in education and has been in her current position for five years. Prior to becoming a learning specialist for middle school English Language Arts, she had 16 years of experience at Forestbrook Middle School and Carolina Forest High School as a teacher and instructional coach.