2018-02-07 / LifeStyles

AAUW to meet Monday

2018 S.C. Teacher of the Year Erin Fox to speak

The Gaffney Branch of AAUW will meet on Monday, February 12 at 12 p.m. at The House of Pizza. The guest speaker is Mrs. Erin Fox, the 2018 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

AAUW promotes equality for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. If you have questions regarding the AAUW meeting, please call Beth Swanger at 488-6248 or Kathy Phillips at 489-5389.

Erin Fox is originally from Murphy, North Carolina, and she received her BSED in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She earned her master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education several years later from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Fox was initially hired at Gaffney High School to be an English II teacher. During her 13 years at Gaffney High she has taught Advanced Drama, Drama I, Introduction to Drama, Theatrical Movement, Academic Assistance, English I, English II, and English III. She has also taken on the role of head girls’ cross country coach for both the varsity and junior varsity teams. Fox loves the teaching opportunities that exploring literature and English Language Arts provides for her students and herself. As she works to challenge them, they challenge her as well, and she loves to infuse their work with kinesthetic/tactile lessons and artistic endeavors. She wants to provide students with personal ways to interact with the literature so that it speaks to their individual hearts in very real ways.

Fox loves working with students in a variety of ways but most especially through the Fit2gether committee, the Miss Cherokeean Pageant committee and the homecoming committee. Through Fit2gether, she helps with health and wellness planning for Gaffney High School and also assists as both a workout leader and participant during twice weekly “Power Hour” after school workout session for students and faculty. She is the choreographer and dance instructor for the Miss Cherokeean Pageant at Gaffney High, and she loves creating the thematic opening dance number for the contestants and then working with them to learn and perfect the dance. Finally, she is the choreographer and dance instructor for most of the faculty and cheerleader dances in the Gaffney High School Homecoming Assembly. She loves working with the faculty, staff and students to create and perform dances for GHS alumni to enjoy when they come back to celebrate their reunions at the annual Homecoming Assembly.

She is married to her best friend, Danny Fox. He is her support and sounding board for everything she does, she said. They have been married for 15 years and have two children, a 10-year-old son, Jack, and a 6-year-old daughter, Scout. The Foxes love working out and participating in fitness opportunities of all kinds both as a couple and with their children. They have done several 5K fundraisers as a family and have participated in a family mud run a few times as well. They also love hiking, backpacking and camping. Any chance to get outside and explore our natural world is a blessing for their family, and they look forward to more opportunities in the future.

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