Ms. Ann B. Nichols

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Ms. Ann B. Nichols

     I was born in Florence,SC and received my early education at St Anthony's Catholic School in Florence. I entered Florence School District One as a student in 6th grade at Royall Elementary, attended Moore Middle School and graduated from Wilson High School. I attended Francis Marion University and earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Psychology. I worked for the SC Department of Social Services in Georgetown County for 2 years in Child Protective Services and realized that I was too tender-hearted to stay in  this profession. I tried a variety of jobs and then entered the field of education as an assistant to a second grade teacher at Carver. The following three years, I worked as an assistant in kindergarten, and was encouraged by the teacher to go back to school for my certificate. I entered the Early Childhood garduate program at Francis Marion University. I was transferred to a special education program at Lester Elementary where I worked for the next four years. I found my calling in special education. I also found an evening program at Coker College that allowed me to earn my teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Generic Special Education. I taught at Pee Dee Regional Center for Individuals with Disabilities and Special Needs for nearly five years before coming back to Florence School District One in the spring of 1997 at Sneed Middle School in the PMD Program. I developed a student helper program at Sneed that allowed students from the general population to work with students who had disabilities. The program was good for both populations as students from the general population learned about students with disabilities, and it gave the students with disabilities an opportunity to meet peer helpers. It also helped them form friendships. It helped the nondisabled students develop character, and learn to think of others.I earned the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate in Exceptional Needs, Severely and Multiply Handicapped in  2000, renewed it in 2009 and I am certified until 2020.   I was working with students who were ages 12-21. When the program became established at West Florence High School, I went there with the high school-aged students (16-21). I worked with administration to get a service-learning program set up for students in the general population to earn credit while working with students who have severe and profound cognitive disabilities. I worked there for 15 years, before being transferred back to Sneed Middle School for the 2015-2016 school year. It has been challenging and rewarding. I love my students and my job. I look forward to what the future holds.