Two Midlands Educators Represent S.C. On A National Platform

May 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – May 12, 2014 – Dr. BeaAtryce Mazyck and Preston Thorne are two Midlands educators who are making something of a name for themselves in South Carolina and on the national scene.

Among only 17 teachers selected nationwide, they were the only South Carolina teachers chosen last year for the Teachers for Transformation Academy. The Academy is run by StudentsFirst, a national education advocacy organization committed to transforming the education system by making students the top priority in every education decision. Each year, the Teachers for Transformation Academy invites some of our nation’s top teachers to participate in a one-year fellowship that engages them in the education reform movement.

This comprehensive program provides teachers with a broad platform of knowledge focused on education policy, advocacy, and outreach. It also equips teachers with the resources and tools to build and lead active networks of reform-minded educators in their local communities. 

Ultimately it means South Carolina will have active teachers, who care about improving our education system, trained and fully engaged in advocating for the needs of our students.

Dr. BeaAtrice S. Mazyck is a Social Studies teacher and department chair at C.A. Johnson High School who received her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership about a year and a half ago.

“I come from a long line of educators that have worked toward improving the education of students in any way they can and I want to continue to be part of that transformation,” said Dr. Mazyck. “Joining this team allows me to share my passion for education and help lead the next generation of educators.”

Preston Thorne teaches, and coaches, at Blythewood High School and received his Masters of Teaching degree during his redshirt senior year while playing football for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

“I joined StudentsFirst because I am excited about being part of a community of like-minded educators who are working toward a common goal, “ said Thorne.

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Dr. BeaAtryce Mazyck and Preston Thorne

“I could not be prouder of our two Midlands teachers for representing our state so well.  They are proof that our state has the best and brightest minds—people who are part of the solution, and not part of the problem,” said StudentsFirst SC State Outreach Director Allison Spry Waymyers.  “I am so excited to celebrate teachers and their tremendous daily commitments during Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-May 9.”

Visit to apply for the Teachers For Transformation Academy by May 15th.

StudentsFirst SC launched in March 2013 after South Carolina teachers requested assistance to move the Palmetto State forward.  South Carolina is the 18th state that StudentsFirst operates in.  There are over 20,000 members in our state and over 2 million members nationwide.  Visit to learn more about StudentsFirst.