The Clover Optimist Club recently presented its first Educator of the Year Award to 30-year teaching veteran Patti Devine Myers.
Myers, a special education teacher at Clover’s Griggs Road Elementary School, was accompanied by her principal, Kenda Cook, and Ken Love, assistant superintendent.
She has been teaching special education for 30 years in Clover schools, including about 14 years at Griggs Road. She also has taught special education and early childhood education classes at York Technical College.
Myers began volunteering with Special Olympics as a high school student in Sumter and has been involved with the program for 35 years, including coordinating it for 29 years in the Clover school district. Clover students compete in both traditional sports and unified sports, where disabled and nondisabled students compete together.
She is the adoptive mother of oldest son Joshua, who is autistic and was her student when he was a preschooler. She adopted him when his birth mother died from cancer. She also has two other sons, John and Matthew.
New officers for the club are president Corrie Holiday, vice presidents Bill Martin and James Love, and secretary/treasurer Josie Skinnell, who will serve a one-year term.
The club is seeking new members. It meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1500 Tom Joye Road. For details, call Ashby Skinnell at 803-684-2008.