School briefs for September 7th-13th

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State of the Schools to be held Sept. 13

The Beaufort Regional Chamber will hold a State of the School event from 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Holiday Inn & Suites, 2225 Boundary St.

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and the leaders from the area school systems will share information concerning education in Beaufort County and the impact on our community.

Speakers will include Spearman, Dr. Jeffrey Moss of the Beaufort County School District; Dr. Richard Gough, Technical College of the Lowcountry; and Dr. Al Panu, University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Guests will also hear from a panel of leaders representing the area’s private and charter schools including: Beaufort Academy, Bridge Preparatory School, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, John Paul II High School, Lowcountry Montessori School, Riverview Charter School and St. Peter’s Catholic School.

The cost is $20 for chamber members; $25 for nonmembers; and $160 for a table of eight. 

Contact LaNelle at LaNelle@BeaufortSC.org.

HTCC names chair of Humanities Department

Jonathan Councell
Jonathan Councell

Holy Trinity Classical Christian School has appointed Jonathan Councell chair of the Humanities department. Councell is a passionate and outspoken advocate of classical Christian education. In addition to teaching, he is a consultant in curriculum and pedagogy, a freelance writer and a lecturer.

Councell earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and a second Bachelor’s in Literature at Wheaton College in partnership with St. Anne’s College of the University of Oxford in England. 

Wheaton College is a Christian, private, residential, liberal arts college and graduate school located some 25 miles west of Chicago. The school is noted for its “twin traditions of quality academics and deep faith,” according to Time magazine. In 2016, Wheaton ranked eighth in the category of “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the national rankings of American colleges and universities compiled by U.S. News & World Report. 

One of Oxford’s largest colleges, St. Anne’s prides itself on being informal, yet academically demanding. It is known for preparing its students for the globally connected society of the future.

Councell is also a graduate of the CiRCE Institute’s Master Teacher Program. CiRCE (Center for Independent Research on Classical Education) is a leading provider of inspiration, information and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Councell’s academic interests are classical education, pedagogy, humane letters curriculum, Arthurian literature and metaphysical poetry, Miltonic Studies and Middle English.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club Alumni.

Councell and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Claire Elaine; a springer spaniel named Bertram, a fife canary named Bryn, and a hedgehog named Nigel.

Founded in 2012, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School provides 300 students with a distinctly Christian and classical education. 

The student body of Holy Trinity is comprised of families from over a dozen Christian churches of various denominations. 

Visit www.htccs.org. 

Free GED classes are being offered

The Beaufort County School District Adult and Community Education and Palmetto Goodwill are offering free GED classes from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting Monday, Sept. 11.

Classes will be held at the Palmetto Goodwill Career Opportunity Center at 137 Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort.

For more information or to register, call 843-322-0780.