Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2011 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: McClary-Rush is currently the English/Language Arts & Social Studies Coordinator for the Williamsburg County School District, which also includes oversight of the Secondary Honors/GT Program and Modern Languages Program. Growing up in a very rural, poverty-stricken area of South Carolina with little resources or career options for its residents, McClary-Rush knew that after high school graduation, she would be going to college. McClary-Rush knew that she wanted to become an educational leader; however, she vehemently vowed not to return to her hometown area. As fate would have it, her former high school principal made it plain to McClary-Rush when he was imploring her to consider coming back home to teach. He said, “Angela, in education, if you are not a part of the change process, oftentimes, you become a part of the problem. We need you home. We need you to make a difference.” She has never forgotten his words, and has devoted her educational career to educating and opening doors for students who live in the rural, poverty-stricken areas of the county. McClary-Rush returned to her high school alma mater (C. E. Murray High School) as an English teacher and department chairperson. She taught 7th-12th grade English/Language Arts, Journalism, Advanced Placement English courses, SAT, Yearbook, and Gifted Education. In her last two years at the high school, she served as its Literacy Coach (as a member of the SC Reading Initiative) and taught dual credit Advanced English while still serving in her role as English Department Chairperson.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Oprah Winfrey said, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.” McClary-Rush believes in a strong work ethic and the right for every child to receive a high quality education. For the past seventeen years, she has worked as a champion of education: teaching high school English, promoting the love of reading and literacy, and leading students to excellence in terms of obtaining scholarships and other educational opportunities.
Achievements: McClary-Rush was voted Teacher of the Year by students and co-workers three different school terms, which ultimately led to her becoming the Williamsburg County School District Teacher of the Year.
Leadership Experience: McClary-Rush has been a National Board Certified Teacher for ten years. In her current role as English/Language Arts & Social Studies Coordinator for Williamsburg County School District her duties include or included: co-teaching with teachers, assisting teachers with implementing best practices of teaching reading and writing, overseeing the district’s curriculum development process, implementing a district-wide writing program that inspired noticeable gains in writing across grade levels on the state’s writing assessments, and co-chairing the Teaching and Learning Section of the AdvancED/SACS CASI component for district accreditation. She has also been a workshop presenter in a variety of contexts, and has worked as a Teacher Cadet instructor, giving qualified high school students the opportunity to learn about general education practices to promote their aspirations of becoming teachers.
Affiliations: National Education Association (NEA), South Carolina Education Association (SCEA), National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), South Carolina Council for Teachers of English (SCCTE), South Carolina Council of the International Reading Association (SCIRA), South Carolina/American Association of School Administrators (SCASA), Learning Forward/NSDC, Iota Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Basileus/President)
Education: McClary-Rush received her Bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University, and went on to earn her Master’s in Elementary Education from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. McClary-Rush also has over 45 graduate hours in leadership, curriculum, English, reading, and literacy.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Southern poverty
- Teacher preparation