Allison Norwood is a retired English teacher with 32 years of experience in working with high school students, mostly notably, seniors. During her years in the classroom at Airport High, Lexington High, and Dutch Fork High, she quickly learned that working with seniors was her passion. It never was about passing down a love of classic literature, but working with the students to develop the skills needed to be successful in college. Fluent reading and writing are at the core of any successful student and that was the focus of her instruction while in the public classroom and that continues to be her focus at Palmetto Prep.
The key to Allison’s success begins with building relationships. Without mutual trust and respect, no learning will take place. Once the relationship is formed, the teacher and student work together to determine a student’s needs. While all students may be given the same assignment, Allison works with each student to address what he needs because all students do not have the same needs. Within this individual learning, strategies are also taught to help improve scores on SAT and ACT to meet NCAA qualifications.
The bottom line is that Allison works with each player to refine the skills he learned in high school so that they will be more transferable to the college/university setting.
In addition to classroom teaching, Allison worked at the South Carolina Department of Education for five years overseeing the English/Language Arts programs offered in South Carolina’s public high schools. This is her second year of working with Palmetto Prep’s students.