Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Modestine J. Samuel
I am the youngest child in a family of seven. I am one of the first generation of college graduates in my family. All of my brothers and sisters chose careers other than teaching. Teaching has been a lifelong dream of mine. My career began as an assistant at the Florence Career Center. At that time, it was The Florence Area Vocational Center. I worked as assistant for two years. After that, I became the secretary to the Assistant Director. I remained in this position for 11 years.
While working, I began to work on my Bachelor’s Degree at Francis Marion College. After exhausting the night program curriculum in Elementary Education, I matriculated to Coker College. I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education in 1990.
My teaching career began in 1990 at Johnson Middle School in Timmonsville School District Four. I taught language arts and advanced math. In addition, I became the moderator and coach for the academic challenge team.
From there, I began teaching in the gifted and talented program in Darlington County.
I taught social studies and algebra. While teaching in Darlington, I attended Converse College and became one of the first educators to receive a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education. After thirteen years in Darlington County teaching gifted education, I applied for a job with South Carolina GEAR UP. South Carolina GEAR UP is a program developed to help struggling students in the middle and high schools while increasing the graduation rates in districts. I worked as a Reading Coach for one year at Wilson High School. The following year, I began the Curriculum Specialist for Wilson High School. This grant ended, and I began my position as a reading teacher at Sneed Middle School. This year, I am the math lab instructor.
I completed my Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration in 2006; certified as an elementary or secondary assistant principal, an elementary or secondary principal, or an elementary or secondary supervisor.
My teaching goals include, but are not limited to, helping students become the best that they can be, and assist them in getting as much from their education as they can possibly get. My philosophy on teaching is that educators must teach the whole child. We must teach social skills and survival skills as well as academic skills. We must adhere to the ever changing and ever evolving society in which we live. Outdated methods and ancient ideas will not suffice for the 21st century student. Constant willingness to monitor and adjust is imperative in the schools of today. My dream is to help teachers maintain their necessary skills as an administrator or curriculum/coordinator.