High school teachers enjoy lunch, landscape during AP Summer Institute

Rachel Norsworthy and Chris Meihls IMG_7445 copy

Rachel Norsworthy and Chris Meihls relax after working towards their Advanced Placement Art Certifications at the AP Summer Institute.

Staff Report
The Carolinian

Monday was a good day for lunch outdoors at the Susan Jacobs Arboretum outside the USC Upstate’s Studio Art.

Teachers earning their Advanced Placement Art Certification at the AP Summer Institute took a break to enjoy the shade and subtle breeze in the park.

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Rhonda Thorpe and Danielle Tavernier also attended USC Upstate’s program Monday.

Two Greenwood teachers, Rhonda Thorpe (Emerald High School) and Danielle Tavernier (Greenwood High School) shared one table.

USC Upstate graduate Rachel Norsworthy (Eastside High School) and Chris Meihls (J.L. Mann High School) enjoyed the setting before returning to the instruction.

The South Carolina General Assembly allocated funds to the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) to support the state’s Advanced Placement Program. USCU competed for the funds.

It is the third year in a row the program has been offered at USC Upstate and continues to be the only such program offered in South Carolina. The program continues through June 27.

This offering is designed to train high school art teachers to prepare an AP syllabus and curriculum that adheres to the rigorous standards of both the College Board and the South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts Standards.

Assistant Professor of Art Education Dr. Mary Lou Hightower is leading the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Studio Art in collaboration with Robert Urban, an art teacher at Dorman High School.

Visit www.uscupstate.edu/ap or contact Jeannette Cook, director of Advanced Placement Institutes at USC Upstate, at jcook@uscupstate.edu for more information.