Secondary School Education – The Citadel Today Fri, 11 Feb 2022 15:16:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Secondary School Education – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Families with children struggling in school say Oak Ridge Military Academy, with leadership from a Citadel grad, helps students achieve Fri, 11 Feb 2022 15:10:13 +0000 Caroline McKaughan credits her time at The Citadel for instilling within her the attitude of service, leadership capacity and educational training she’s needed to fulfill her role in serving the cadets at Oak Ridge Military Academy.]]>

Note: The college reached out to Caroline McKaughan (photo above), who graduated from the Corps of Cadets with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education in 2009, and received the information below.

Caroline (Rudd) McKaughan followed her father, Lt. Col. Norman Rudd, USA (Ret.), ’84, to The Citadel, graduating in 2009.

Since then, Caroline has served in a variety of roles at Oak Ridge Military Academy for the past 13 years, including teacher, coach and dorm parent. Caroline earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Duke University in 2018, and since January 2019, she’s served as the Academy’s Academic Dean. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University and is happily married to Sergeant Patrick McKaughan of the Winston-Salem Police Department with twin stepsons currently in college.

Caroline credits her time at The Citadel for instilling within her the attitude of service, leadership capacity and educational training she’s needed to fulfill her role in serving the cadets at Oak Ridge Military Academy. Oak Ridge also has four current seniors with acceptances to The Citadel for Fall 2022. Go Bulldogs!

As seen on WGHP – FOX 8 Greensboro, NC, by Bob Buckley

OAK RIDGE, N.C. (WGHP) — For many families, the worst part of the pandemic was when their children couldn’t be taught in-person at their school.

There wasn’t much the larger public schools could do about that, but that didn’t make it any easier for families like the Newtons. Although their son did fine with remote learning, like a lot of kids, their daughter Makena – normally an excellent student – struggled with it. 

But they found an answer they hadn’t been thinking of just up the road at the Oak Ridge Military Academy.

“There were a lot of reasons that it worked: it was a small class size…leadership skills, character building, and it’s just an excellent institution that’s just a mile from our house,” said Makena’s mom, Lisa Newton.

Although Makena doesn’t live on campus, many of the academy’s roughly 100 cadets do, which allowed them to be able to navigate the pandemic in the way most schools can’t.

“We’re resilient, and we have staying power, and that was reinforced during the COVID period,” said the man they call “Major B.” Bobby Barbera has taught at the school for 56 years. 

That’s not a typo. He’s been there since the fall of 1966, although he looks young enough to have arrived just a dozen years ago.

But it’s not just that the school had little remote learning during the pandemic, it’s the atmosphere they’ve created and nurtured here over the 170 years of its existence that makes the difference. First, there is the family dynamic.

“It sounds cheesy, and I tell this to the parents when they bring them around my room: you can actually make a difference with a kid, here,” Barbera said. “A kid who comes here as a boarding student…spends more time with us than he does his parents.”

Also, it’s the discipline that the military portion of their name instills that works wonders for many of the students.

“Our students know what’s required of them every moment of the day. Having that structure, having the attention of the adults here and the smaller environment stays on top of students that are struggling,” said Academic Dean Caroline McKaughan.

McKaughan knows the value of that first hand as a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC. 

As academic dean, she hears from parents who love the transformation their children make, often telling McKaughan, “My child made a 180. They’re a totally different person. They’re confident. They have the best grades they’ve ever had.”

Ninety-eight percent of Oak Ridge Military Academy students are accepted to colleges, and the teachers there say they’re not surprised.

“The teaching is like euphoria for the true teacher,” said Carolyn Wray, who taught for 29 years in North Carolina public schools. “The classrooms are small. If you see a child that really is behind or needs extra help, you’ve always got the time to work with him.”

See more about how the Oak Ridge Military Academy operates in this edition of the Buckley Report.

Gov. McMaster presents ‘Order of the Palmetto’ to North Charleston Principal Henry Darby, CGC ’07 and ’10 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:39:38 +0000 Through the Zucker Family School of Education, Darby earned a M.Ed. in Secondary School Education in 2007 and an Ed.S. degree in 2010.]]>

Note: Henry Darby earned two degrees from The Citadel Graduate College. Through what is now the Zucker Family School of Education, Darby earned a Master’s of Education (Secondary School Education) in 2007 and an Education Specialist degree in 2010.

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Tim Renaud

Governor Henry McMaster on Monday bestowed South Carolina’s highest civilian honor upon North Charleston High School Principal Henry Darby.

The principal and Charleston County Councilman spends many of his nights stocking store shelves at Walmart in North Charleston to earn extra income – not for himself but to support low-income students and families in their time of need.

“I didn’t expect the attention,” he told News 2. “I simply wanted to work for Walmart without fanfare and to use those resources for my students. But my very first night someone yelled out ‘hey, Mr. Darby, you work for Walmart? Aren’t you the principal?’ and it blew me out the water,” he said with a laugh.

Why a North Charleston high school principal spends his nights stocking store shelves to support students in need 

But news began to spread across the community and through the national media about his efforts to give back, and a GoFundMe that was set up to assist the principal’s efforts to give back started to surge.

The Today Show was in the Lowcountry last month to honor Darby, and Walmart donated a $50,000 check to the school during their live broadcast.

“We thought, what a cool story to share with the rest of the country,” said Melvin in an interview on News 2 Today. “We decided to come down and share the story of a man who really embodies what a lot of educators have become over the past year in the midst of this pandemic.”

Melvin went on to say that working as an educator during the day and then stocking store shelves overnight – simply for the betterment of others – that is the kind of story that people cannot get enough of right now, a story of hope and helpfulness.

The Charleston County School District announced over the weekend that Governor Henry McMaster was going to present Darby with the Order of the Palmetto, it’s the state’s highest civilian honor awarded to citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance.

A ceremony was set for Monday morning outside North Charleston High School.

During his remarks, Gov. McMaster reflected on Darby’s accomplishments throughout his life and career in education before speaking about his selfless efforts to provide support to those who need it the most.

“Henry Darby is a remarkable man,” said Gov. McMaster. “One of the finest things about him is he’s 100% all ours – born here, educated here, been all around the world teaching what he knows – this is the kind of man that we’re proud of.”

Gov. McMaster presented Darby with the prestigious award before turning the microphone over to the high school principal so that he could deliver his thanks to the school district, the community, and share words about why he felt the need to give back.