JAN. 7, 2013 — Charles Towne Montessori recently unveiled a special leadership award to honor the years of service by columnist and publisher Andy Brack of Charleston.
The award, called the “Andrew C. Brack Leadership Award,” periodically will recognize “a member within the Charles Towne Montessori community whose leadership has been transformative and who has mobilized and unified people, institutions or causes to improve the quality, condition and performance of the school.” Brack, pictured at left, was the first honoree.
“For years, Andy Brack has been the leader that the award describes,” said current board chair and Charleston CPA Steve Hiott, pictured above. “As it says on the award, the new Brack Leadership Award ‘honors visionaries who have empowered constituencies, strengthened participation and inspired movements.’ Andy has been the visionary that has helped our school move to the next level.”
Head of School Edward Jackson thanked Brack, who stepped down as board chair in December after six years of service, for helping the school to become more stable and more sustainable.
“His leadership had a significant impact on how our internationally-recognized school has become stronger and better through the years,” Jackson said. “As the only school in South Carolina with an international-accredited Montessori curriculum, we’re going to miss Andy’s leadership and day-to-day guidance.”
During a December convocation of the school community as it let out for the holidays, Brack thanked board members for the honor and for their service through the years.
“It’s a tremendous honor to get the award, but to have it named after me leaves me, a professional opinion-haver, almost speechless,” Brack said.
Charles Towne Montessori, located in the West Ashley part of Charleston, provides a comprehensive education program to educate children from infancy through the elementary years. It is the only school in South Carolina that has the rigorous international certification from the Association Montessori International.