Leaders at the Lexington County, South Carolina School District One recently applauded Dr. Karen C. Woodward, a former Lexington One Superintendent, for receiving the Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation 2016 Joseph M. Bedenbaugh Administrator of the Year Award.
The award recognizes the vision and compassion of Dr. Woodward’s leadership while she was the superintendent.
“Tonight’s honoree is genuine, inviting and nurturing,” Connie McFarland, the executive director of the Educational Foundation, said. “She exemplifies through action and example exceptional commitment to ensuring that children and learning are one.”
Dr. Woodward wais honored for the model that she left for her students to follow. She included students in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and the students still remember her today.
“In each meeting, she challenged us to think both critically and introspectively about leadership,” Merrit Jones, River Bluff High School Senior, wrote in a nominating letter. “I now view Dr. Woodward not only as a remarkable superintendent and role model, but, more personally, as a trailblazer for women in policy and administration. She has created a culture of integrity and commitment to students, a culture that fosters change.”
Dr. Woodward’s positive, visionary approach to her position impacted countless lives during her time as the superintendent.
“Known for being forward-thinking, Karen has implemented a culture that includes high expectations and personalized learning with technology for students of all abilities and a world language initiative,” Debra Knight, the Chair of the Lexington One Board of Trustees, wrote in a nominating letter. “Her vision has included redesigning learning in the classroom in order to build skills needed in the 21st century job market.”