Veteran Beaufort County educator honored with award


BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — A educator of more than three decades in the Beaufort County school district, now has a scholarship named in her honor.

The announcement celebrating the accomplishments of Bessie Clarke was made during an awards ceremony at Beaufort High School. The honor was bestowed on Ms. Clarke by someone she mentored, Edwin Campbell. Campbell, who graduated from Beaufort High in 2000, started his own business, and said he wouldn’t be where he is today without Ms. Clarke. Campbell added that she was also a second mother to both he and his twin brother Edmund.

Clark retired from Beaufort County schools after 31 years, but she is still active in the local educational community. She said teaching is not just a job for her it’s a passion. 

“For me, teaching has not just been a career it’s been a calling and after 52 years I’m still in it,” Clark said. “You know, I have been teaching in the schools and I’m doing some mentoring of teachers and just been doing a whole lot.”

Ms. Clark has worked in 19 out of the 32 schools in the Beaufort County district.

The inaugural Bessie Clarke scholarship was awarded to six members of this year’s graduating class at Beaufort High School.

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