Zucker Family School of Education names Wall of Fame award winners

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The 8th annual Wall of Fame Celebration will recognize some of the Lowcountry’s leading influencers in education

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel will honor the recipients of its 2019 Wall of Fame Awards on Feb. 13 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. The purpose of the Zucker Family School of Education’s undergraduate and graduate programs is to serve the people of the Lowcountry, the state of South Carolina, the Southeast, and the nation by providing high quality programs in the preparation of middle and secondary teachers, professional educators, and school counselors.

The inductees include:

Outstanding STEM Educator

Merrie Koester, Wall of Fame recipient
Merrie Koester, Wall of Fame recipient

Merrie Koester, Ph.D. is a science literacy/arts integration specialist and science teacher educator for the University of South Carolina Center for Science Education. In partnership with community STEM and arts experts, civic leaders, and phenomenal teachers, Merrie’s projects position students as change agents who understand and employ the power of evidence-based reasoning to make informed decisions and develop educative resilience.







Outstanding Contribution to Education in the Lowcountry

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Teachers Supply Closet logo

Teachers’ Supply Closet is a North Charleston non-profit devoted to supplying cost-free teaching supplies to teachers and students. The organization has provided $5.5 million in school supplies to Lowcountry classrooms in its 10 years of existence.




Zucker Family Educational Leadership and Innovation Award (Service Organization)

Kiawah Seabrook Island Exchange Club

The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club has a history of important contributions to education, particularly in under-resourced communities on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Two of its noteworthy educational projects are a summer reading and math program at Angel Oak Elementary and scholarships for high school graduates to attend Trident Technical College.


Outstanding Alumnus of the Zucker Family School of Education

Deon Jackson, Senior Associate Superintendent for Operations and Administration  for the Berkeley County School District, earned bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees from The Citadel. Jackson has supplied outstanding leadership to Berkeley County School District as it has built new schools and grown substantially.