With a combined 74 years of remarkable service to Heathwood, faculty members Bill Cherry and Barbara Bryan are this year's recipients of Heathwood's Earl H. Devanny Memorial Awards.
Given each year in memory of former Head of School Earl Devanny, the award honors members of the Heathwood community who have been significant in the development of the School and who reflect values and principles upon which Heathwood Hall was founded.
Having served as a music teacher at Heathwood for 34 years, Barbara Bryan has impacted the lives of thousands of Highlanders. In the words of Head of School Chris Hinchey, "Barbara’s legacy at the school is profound. In 1986, she started the Kindergarten Christmas Play. This production recently celebrated its thirty-third year and numerous Heathwood parents now watch their children in the same production, directed by the same music teacher. Additionally, Barbara has also directed the second and fourth grade plays, the 3rd and 4th grade chorus, and is responsible for numerous special events: Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the Christmas Concert, the All School sing along, 4th grade Patriots day, Habitat Day, 2nd grade city day, 3rd Grade South Carolina Day, and 4th grade Baccalaureate to name a few."
Since arriving at Heathwood in 1979, Bill Cherry has served as a math teacher, division head, soccer, golf, and bowling coach, technology director, photographer, and more. As Chris Hinchey put it, "Bill has approached his work with a servant's heart, and his willingness to help others is legendary. At every turn in his career he responded to various needs in school that he felt would best serve Heathwood’s students."
While both Bill and Barbara are retiring from their full-time positions this year, we're thrilled that they will both be staying on in new part-time roles, Barbara as an associate teacher in the Lower School, and Bill as a photographer and phot/video archivist. It is hard to imagine this campus without them, and we're glad we won't have to just yet.