FIFTH ANNUAL HALL OF FAME GALA
T h e B r o o k l a n d - C a y c e H i g h School Foundation established the Educator Hall of Fame in 2002 with the first gala held on March 7, 2002. Three outstanding educators were inducted into the Hall of Fame at that time: Miss Marguerite McCaskill, Miss Rosalie Shull, and Mr. James Porter. The second Gala on February 27, 2003, honored four more educators: Dr. Cyril Busbee, Mrs. Gurnelle Coker, Mrs. Elizabeth Holcomb, and Mr. George Sineath. The third Gala on February 3, 2004, honored Mrs. Barbara Griffin, Mrs. Frankie Newman, and Mr. Herbert Wood (deceased). On February 1, 2005, we were proud to induct Mrs. Joyce W. Cribb, Mrs. Elizabeth Bridges Hammond, and Mr. Benjamin Russell Moye. On February 23, 2006, we inducted Mrs. Anna Louisa Vassy Miller and Mr. Jerry Sanders Chitty. Photographs of all the recipients are hanging in the school’s east wing conference room.
The Gala was well attended, and it was a huge success. Fond memories and much laughter made our stroll down memory lane a wonderful event honoring the two newest members of the Educators Hall of Fame.
If you would like to make a nomination for the 2007 Educators Hall of Fame, please contact a board member or call Nanette Wooton at 803-739-8076 for more information. A nomination form is available upon request. We will be accepting nominations until November 30, 2006 for the 2007 Hall of Fame Gala to be held in February at Brookland Baptist Church Convention Center in West Columbia.
If you would like to nominate a former teacher to be inducted into the Educator’s Hall of Fame, please contact Nanette Wooton, 739-8076, for an application.
BCHSF EDUCATORS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES—2006
ANNA LOUISA VASSY MILLER
Quiet manner, meticulous dress, inspiration, role-model, professional, beautiful — these adjectives were used to describeAnna V. Miller. Deeper characteristics follow: “She was a loving, warm, friendly person who made me want to do my best.” More than once former students said, “She is the reason I became a teacher;” or “She is the reason I became success- ful at some other profession.”Anna Miller taught by example the following principles of life: Dedication, Integrity, Citizenship, Expertise, Compassion, Obedience, Responsibility, Dili- gence, Perseverance, and other values that build character. She expected the best from each student and showed it through her attention to each individual. Born in Gaffney, South Carolina, Anna was the daughter of two professional educators. She was educated in the local schools, then went to Limestone College to earn a BA degree in Education and a BS degree in Business in 1945. Her professional career began at Nichols High School, where she taught for one year. She then taught at LakeView High School for two years. In 1948,Anna became a member of the business faculty at Brookland-Cayce High School, where she taught for 30 years. Simulta- neously Mrs. Miller taught in the B-C/Airport Night School from August 1963 to 1974. Mrs. Miller, in addition to her teaching duties, served a stint as an advisor to the Senior Class, the Future Business Leaders Club, and the Laureate, the school literary magazine. She was also a mentor to the many students who came her way. Anna’s professional affiliations included serving as President ofAppliance Service Center, a business she owned with her husband Wade Miller, with membership in the Radio Corporation of America Dealers’ Association, and the Hotpoint Dealers’Association. She was also a member of the Limestone Alumni, S.C. Education, and the B-C Education, and the University of South Carolina Faculty associations. Anna was active in the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Interna- tional, an honorary teachers society. Mrs. Miller was a member of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, where she worked with Boy Scouts and other activities. She was active in civic organizations through the Cayce-West Columbia Women’s Club, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the co-founders of the Cayce-West Columbia branch of the Lexington County Library. She, along with her husband Wade, were avid members of the Bearcat Booster Club and enthusiastically supported sports and other school events. She received many honors and awards. Among them are FBLA Teacher of the Year; twice named B-C Bearcat Teacher of theYear; on several occasions named Top Sales Dealer, HotpointAppliances, and Top Sales Distributor, Radio Corporation of America and two different terms as Business Department Head at B-C. Mr. And Mrs. Miller had two sons, Barnett Miller and Hampton Miller, who both are graduates of B-C High School. They were both reared with their mother’s philosophy — “Do your best; prepare for your day’s work; the inished product is your signature.” Anna Miller was indeed a Master Person and Master Teacher as evidenced by the many glowing testimonials from family, friends, fellow church members and, most of all, former students. She influenced positively many, many lives. “She le t each place a better place because she had been there.”
JERRY SANDERS CHITTY
On the path to being an educator from birth, Jerry S. Chitty was born in Olar, South Carolina, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Chitty. His mother taught school for 42 years, and his father was a farmer and worked at the Federal Land Bank. Jerry’s mother taught him in grades one through three. She instilled in him a love for learning and her joy in helping students.
A1958 graduate of Denmark-Olar High School, Jerry was President of the Student Body and was honored with All-State in three sports — baseball, football, and basketball. His trait as a team player was begun in his high school days. Jerry learned early to listen to other points of view and proceed with those ideas that were best for the group.
He attended Presbyterian College on an athletic scholarship. Working with children at the Thorwell Orphanage during his college career convinced Jerry that education would be his life work. He graduated from Presbyterian in 1962 and taught 1 year prior to going into the army. He served in Germany as a First Lt.Airborne Ranger Infantry officer for 21/2 years.
Jerry’s continuous career in education began in 1965, when he taught and coached at Williston-Elko High School. The next year he taught and coached atAirport High School. From 1967 to 1972, he taught U.S. History and coached basketball at Bamberg-Ehrhart High School.
Jerry came home to District II in 1973 to be anAssistant Principal at Brookland-Cayce High School in 1973. He served until 1976, when he went to Saluda River Elementary School as Principal for five years. In 1981, Jerry became Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in Lexington District II, a position held until 1994 when he retired.
Jerry worked with Newberry College’sAthletic Department until 2005. In the meantime, he was elected to the Lexington II School Board, where he still serves. He has been Chairman of the Board three times. During his tenure, both the new Northside and Busbee Middle Schools have been built. In all areas of employment, Jerry is known for his positive attitude and his desire to find solutions to problems.
Jerry’s motto has always been “It’s all about the children.” His motivation as a coach, a teacher, and a school board member has been to see that children receive every opportunity to learn and have materials to do so. His caring nature and his personal warmth have endeared him to children, faculties, staff, and parents. He has reminded educators often that their purpose is helping “kids” obtain tools they can use to be successful in life, including knowing their own personal value.
Jerry has been honored professionally by being named Basketball Coach of the Year/Teacher of the Year three times each, and in 1970 Outstanding Educator in Bamburg County. In 1970 he took his basketball team to the State Championship title. Students voted him the recipient of the Student-Faculty Service Award at B-C in 1976, and Scott Newman, Student Body President — the same Newman who is Principal at B-C today — presented the award.
Jerry and his wife, Betsy, whom he calls his best friend, have a son Scott and a daughter Liz Castles, a son-in-law Dr.Trey Castles, and three very important little people —Tradd, Sanders, and Sullivan Castles. Jerry also has a brother Charles who lives in Beaufort.
Jerry and Betsy are members of Mt. Hebron Methodist Church, where he has served on various boards and committees. A “people person,” Jerry has a knack for telling stories. His terrific sense of humor helps him deal with all types of people. His warmth and positive attitude draw people to him and help him serve as an inspiration for hard work. His sense of fairness is based on the idea that “No one is better than anyone else.” Yes, that philosophy is the guiding force of Jerry Chitty, Educator.