District Five director honored by the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators

A Lexington-Richland School District Five director has been awarded the 2022 Presidential Award by the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE).

Director of Personnel Dr. Reggie Wicker was nominated for the award by the outgoing President of the SCABSE for being a member who has demonstrated exceptional work in education and has supported the philosophy and goals of the organization. He received the award on January 15 during the SCABSE’s Winter Conference.

“It was indeed a surprise but such an honor to receive the 2022 Presidential Award from the organization,” Wicker said. “I consider it a privilege to serve alongside fellow educators who share my voice in advocating for a quality education and improved academic achievement for all children, recruit persons to education as a career, share ideas about effective educational programs and techniques, and influence public policy as it relates to educational issues.”

Wicker received his bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Newberry College and began his career as a fourth-grade teacher at Newberry Elementary. Wicker later served as a parenting coordinator, a principal at Newberry County Elementary and director of elementary education in Union County. Wicker served as coordinator of special projects in the human resources department in Richland School District One before joining School District Five in January of 2021. He received his doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Walden University in 2020.

“Dr. Wicker leads by example,” said Chief of Human Resources Dr. Tamara Turner. “He brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to School District Five that helps ensure we continue to help our teachers and students learn and grow to their fullest potential.”

The mission of the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE) is to ensure a high quality education for all children, particularly for African-American children by establishing coalitions, providing forums, facilitating the placement of African-American professionals, and influencing public policy.