Academy of Environmental Sciences
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education National Board Certified in Early Childhood Generalist
Mrs. Paula McWhirter
My name is Paula McWhirter. I am originally from Shelby, N. C. but have lived in Columbia for the last 28 years. I have taught school for twenty-eight years and this is my twentieth year teaching kindergarten at Dutch Fork Elementary. I received my National Board Certification eight years ago. I graduated from Clemson University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, and I was a majorette with the Clemson Tiger Band all four years. Go Tigers!!! I taught baton twirling for many years and was a competition judge for the Drum Majorettes of America. I have a son and a daughter, Will and Molly. Will graduated from Clemson with a major in Food Science, is married, and is a Registered Dietician in South Florida. Molly graduated from Clemson with a major in Therapeutic Recreation, is married, works for Southern Tide and lives in Greenville, S.C. My husband Eddie and I love spending time at home with our zany cute puppy, a Corgi named "Penelope."
My kindergarten assistant is Jeanine Hunter. Jeanine has a bachelors degree from USC in Business, She loves to read and her favorite author is Cassandra Claire. Jeanine has two children. Caroline is 23 and a student at Winthrop. Blake is 21 and a student at USC. Jeanine enjoys animals. She has two cats, one dog, and a snake. Ms. Hunter is thrllled to be at Dutch Fork for her fifth year! She is also excited to have the opportunity to work with your child!
We are going to have an exciting year ahead of us!