Currently a teacher specialist at Annie Burnside Elementary School in Columbia, Peggy Makins was formerly a special education resource teacher at Watkins-Nance Elementary School, also in Columbia. While at Watkins-Nance, she rewarded positive behavior among her emotionally and mentally disabled students through her "Caught Being Good" program. She also helped initiate before- and after-school tutorial programs for students who scored below basic proficiency on state exams. Mrs. Makins' instructional strategies enabled more than 80 percent of her students meet their individual education plan objectives. Respected statewide as an authority in special education classroom management, she helped formulate the South Carolina Special Education Policy and Procedure Manual. In 2001, she was honored by the Palmetto State Teachers Association with its STAR (Strategies for Teacher Advancement and Renewal) Award.
1979 Piedmont Technical College, Other