Horry County educators attend Santee Cooper energy institute

From left: Sandra Barker, Barbara Allen (instructor) (Source: Santee Cooper).
From left: Sandra Barker, Barbara Allen (instructor) (Source: Santee Cooper).
From left: Emily Fay-Kentrolis, Barbara Allen (instructor), Suzanne “Cissy” Moorhead, Sally Hucks (Source: Santee Cooper).
From left: Emily Fay-Kentrolis, Barbara Allen (instructor), Suzanne “Cissy” Moorhead, Sally Hucks (Source: Santee Cooper).

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - This summer, the teacher becomes the student as Santee Cooper places Horry County educators in a classroom for the 29th Annual Energy Educators Institute.

Representatives from Horry County were, Emily Fay-Kentrolis, a seventh grade science teacher at North Myrtle Beach Middle School; Suzanne "Cissy" Moorhead, in facilities/construction at Horry County Schools; and Sally Hucks, a K-5 art teacher at Aynor Elementary School. The institute series consists of a graduate level course at Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis, SC, that offers interdisciplinary materials and hands on experience in fields of the energy industry. The teachers learned about production of electricity, challenges of renewable energy and more.

"As an administrator, I feel this course is appropriate for all teachers throughout the state, no matter what area they may teach. It is informative and offers excellent resources for the teachers and students to learn about energy," said Sandra Barker, an administrator at Lighthouse Care Center of Conway.

There were tours and trips to the Jefferies Generating Station, the Old Santee Canal Park and the industrial customer Alcoa-Mt. Holly. Over 70 teachers in the state participated."The Energy Educators Institute provides an optimum environment, where educators with diverse teaching backgrounds from across the state come together to share ideas and experiences," said Barbara Allen, Santee Cooper's director of educational programs.

Santee Cooper is the source of electricity for two million people across the state. For more information, visit, www.santeecooper.com.

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