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Abraham Funchess (SC '95)


At the time of the Award, Abraham Funchess was:

John Ford Middle School
St. Matthews, SC

Subject(s) taught: Science, Mathematics
Grade(s): 6

Biographical Information

I was born and reared in Cameron, SC. I am married to the former Bernice Legette of Marion SC. We celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2015.  We are the proud parents of three children, Abraham, Jr., Adrian and Aminata, and five grands. I taught Sixth-Grade Gneral Science at John Ford Middle School in St. Matthews, South Carolina. My major objectives were: "To stimulate an understanding and appreciation for the earth's natural wonders and to encourage responsible decision-making in protecting living and non-living resources." I initiated a number of technologically based and hands-on programs at schools in Calhoun County Public Schools. The Intech Computer Simulation Program, for example, made "unreachable places accessible—the inside of the human body, distant locations on Earth and in outer space, or the inside of a nuclear reactor." The acquisition of a SMART Board and projector made learning stimulating, challenging and fun and enhanced student-teacher interactions. The Outdoor Laboratory program and the parallel GLOBE Environmental Program allowed students to collect raw data and report their findings to a central processing center via the Internet. My three years of service on the South Carolina State Board of Education gave me the opportunity to help shape educational policy and curriculum development.

Personal Message

I served as a board member of SERVE (SouthEastern Regional Vison for Education) for the seven years. The Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education at SERVE is one of 10 Regional Consortia established by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Network of Eisenhower Regional Consortia and the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education form a coordinated, field-based national infrastructure to promote systemic educational reform. The Consortium is a coalition of educators, business leaders, governors, and policymakers that is seeking to promote systemic reform in mathematics and science education in the six- state Southeast region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina).

Related Connections

Memoriam: Abraham Funchess (SC '95) Dies

Additional Information


1996 Claflin College Presidential Citation Award, President Henry N.Tisdale

1996 South Carolina Senate Special Honor and Recognition Award

1995 Calhoun County Public School Board’s Recognition Award

1995 Calhoun County Conservation School District Teacher of the Year, John Ford Middle

1971 Calhoun County Conservation School District Teacher of the Year, St. John High School


1972 South Carolina State University, M.Ed.

1967 Claflin University, B.S.

Science, Environmentalism, Teaching as a Profession