ABC PROJECT DIRECTOR
Christine S. Fisher
Christine Fisher grew up in Asheboro, NC where in the 6th grade she made up her mind that she wanted to be a band teacher. She attended Pembroke State University and later earned her masters from the University of South Carolina. She taught chorus and drama at Dillon High School for three years before moving to Florence District One to teach general music and beginning band at several elementary schools. In 1984 she moved to Southside Middle School in Florence as the band teacher where her bands have earned thirteen Outstanding Performance Awards. She has written and received over $75,000 in grant money for the music programs at Southside during the past 15 years.
Christine's community involvement includes playing clarinet with the Florence Symphony orchestra, serving on her church's bus driving team and playing in her church's orchestra. She has served on the board for both the Florence Symphony orchestra and the Community Concert association. She is currently on the board for the SC Arts Alliance.
Christine has served on many local and state education committees including the writing team for the State's Visual & Performing Arts Frameworks and the music standards for Florence District One. She has also served as a guest conductor for several honors bands across the state.
She has twice been selected as a school Teacher of the Year. She has twice been selected as a District Teacher of the Year and twice been selected as one of the top five teachers in the state. In 1993 she was a State honor roll teacher and then five years later as the 1998 South Carolina Teacher of the Year; representing 47,000 public school teachers in South Carolina. She is the only music teacher to ever hold the honor in the 41 year history of the Teacher of the Year program in South Carolina.
Christine became Director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project in July 2001.