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Finley Named Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Finley Named Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

    04.25.22 | Alumni Education by Stephanie Fox

    CENTRAL, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan University alumnus, Cullen Finley, has been named the 21-22 School District of Pickens County Outstanding First Year Teacher of The Year for Crosswell Elementary School. Finley was among the top 4 candidates for the School District of Pickens County's Outstanding First Year Teacher of The Year.

    Finley graduated from SWU in December of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He was recently accepted into the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision at SWU and will begin classes this fall.

    In response to receiving this award Finley said, "I believe that education is much more than a career. Education is a calling. I absolutely love my job and the students and families that I get to work with each day. I am so thankful for Southern Wesleyan University and the School District of Pickens County for preparing, teaching, and encouraging so many educators on this journey."

    Dr. Sandra McLendon, Dean of the School of Education, says, “Cullen was a wonderful student who has in his first year of teaching proven himself to be a dedicated educator. As he gains further experience, I see him developing into an outstanding teacher practitioner who reflects “the Christian Ethic of Care” in his profession. In the fall, Cullen will continue his education when he begins to work on his Masters of Education degree in the online program at Southern Wesleyan University. Everyone in the School of Education and the University are very proud of Cullen’s accomplishments. We look forward to hearing about his future accomplishments.”

    Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused, faith-filled community that offers inventive learning experiences. The university endeavors to prepare its students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.

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