Redish to be inducted into NAACP Hall of Fame

The Cherokee County Branch of the NAACP will induct Dr. Carlotta Redish into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. on the campus of Limestone College. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any member of the branch.

The speaker will be Rev. Dante Murphy of Shelby.

Dr. Redish is an experienced educator. She is currently the Associate Superintendent for the Cherokee County School Distric. A native of Gaffney, Dr. Redish earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. To further develop her teaching skills and to enhance her chances for career advancement, she earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Jacksonville State University.

Dr. Redish earned her Doctor of Philosophy in CD-12 Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation is a comparative analysis of the leadership practices of public school superintendents in South Carolina. Her research article on the superintendency was published in The Journal of Academic Leadership.

Dr. Redish chose to begin her 23-year career in education as a teacher in Augusta, Ga., in an alternative school setting. To expand her teaching repertoire, she elected to assume a teaching position at a gifted engineering and health sciences magnet high school. From there, she took her love of teaching to urban title one high schools in Stone Mountain, Ga., Atlanta, Ga., and Los Angeles, Calif.

Dr. Redish was determined to impact learning at the roots of the decisionmaking process and began a fast track into administration. She served as Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and Secondary Literacy Specialist in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Subsequently, she returned to Gaffney, where she has served as Principal, Director of Personnel, Associate Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent for the Cherokee County School District. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Walden University, and Southern Wesleyan University.

Dr. Redish is active in her community and is affiliated with various civic organizations. She is currently a member of First Steps, the S.C. Literacy Association, South Carolina Association for School Administrators, Rotary and the M L. King Jr. Scholarship Foundation. She was elected by her peers to serve on the executive committee for the Instructional Leaders Division of South Carolina.

Dr. Redish is a member of Jack and Jill of America and the Links. She volunteers with Meals on Wheels and is a former board member for the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Dr. Redish’s accomplishments are many, but what she wants you to remember about her is very simple…she loves the Lord, she loves her family and she is dedicated to helping our children gain the education they so richly deserve.

Rev. Murphy was born and reared in Pender County located in the southeastern part of North Carolina. He received his preparatory studies in the Pender County School System and subsequently went on to earn his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1994, a masters degree from Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C., in 2004, a masters degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2010, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Drew University in Madison, N.J.

For more than 20 years he has served as pastor for churches in Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Cleveland counties. He is currently the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Shelby. In addition he has worked for many years as a human service professional, for private and government agencies, providing services to youth and families throughout the state. He is currently employed as a social worker with the Cleveland County Department of Social Services. He also presently serves as the Chaplain for the Cleveland County Branch of the NAACP and 1st Vice- Moderator for the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association.

He and his wife, Annie Denise, have been married for 22 years and have two children Lyia and D’Ante’.

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