• The Technical College of the Lowcountry will hold an Early Childhood Development Job Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the college’s New River campus.

Representatives from area businesses and organizations will be on hand to network and talk about career opportunities and hiring needs. Those interested in studying early childhood development and education are invited to attend to learn more about TCL’s associate and certificate programs, how to apply and more about TCL’s free tuition program.

Teachers, daycare managers and other professionals in this field continue to be in demand as workers transfer to other occupations or retire from the workforce. Employment of preschool teachers was projected to grow 18% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The event is free and open to the public.

The New River campus is at 100 Community College Drive in Bluffton.

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Heather Brougham-Cook, an English language arts and social studies teacher at Cross Schools, was selected to attend the World Congress of Teachers July 25-27 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The Korean War Legacy Foundation (KWLF), sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of the Republic of Korea, hosted the annual event. This event serves to honor the sacrifice of our Korean War veterans and the importance of teaching about the war and its legacy in our schools. The conference will engage teachers from across the United States on the history of the war and its significant legacy.

Teachers will actively engage with a new, free curriculum book, “Honoring Sacrifice: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Korean War,” while also attending historic events marking the anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War.

As part of the event, Brougham-Cook will also attend the Korean War Veterans Wall of Remembrance Dedication Ceremony and witness the unveiling of the new memorial with the families of the fallen.

Suzie Hollings has been named interim athletic director of Cross Schools for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Hollings, her husband Robert, and their four daughters have been part of Stingrays Nation for 10 years. For the past five years, she has been teaching fifth grade math and science in addition to coaching girls basketball, softball, and sporting clays for Cross Schools.

Prior to her teaching career, Coach Hollings was a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. She retired as a Sergeant Major, responsible for the physical fitness readiness, training requirements, planning and coordination, logistics, communication, and deployment readiness for a squadron of more than 800 Marines. She has also served as a Marine recruiter and a drill instructor, shaping her interpersonal and motivational skills.

As interim athletic director, she plans to build a top-flight athletic program at Cross Schools based on quality relationships and community connectedness, building a top-flight athletic program at Cross Schools based on quality relationships, community connectedness, and operational effectiveness, while encouraging student-athletes to try things that they haven’t before. 

• Hilton Head native Mick Ray has been named a Teaching Pickleball Pro at Sea Pines Racquet Club.

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Ray started playing pickleball in 2018, traveling and playing tournaments shortly thereafter. In 2019, with partner Lew Halski, he won his first pickleball tournament at the Colorado Pickleball Open.

Since this inaugural win he has collected more than a dozen tournament medals in the 4.5, 5.0, and Open Pro divisions. He is currently ranked No. 7 in singles in the Mid-Atlantic Region and has a global ranking of No. 136 in men’s doubles.

For The Sea Pines Resort, Ray will teach daily lessons, facilitate beginner and advanced clinics, and conduct daily round robins for all levels at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. 

For resort information and reservations, visit seapines.com or call 866-561-8802.

James Simmons, M.D., has joined Jamison Express Care, bringing more than 25 years of experience as a pediatrician to the practice.

Jamison Express Care provides complete medical care for the entire family – from acute care and urgent care services to general wellness visits, physicals and immunizations.

Dr. Simmons, who received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has received many awards for his leadership in medicine and has been recognized for his longtime commitment to his community.

He will be seeing patients at Jamison Express Care’s office in Port Royal, as well as offering telehealth appointments to patients throughout the region.

Jamison Express Care provides comprehensive medical care to individuals of all ages, including newborns, children, adolescents and adults. The practice offers a full range of medical and healthcare services, including general family medical care, acute care, immunizations, well-child check-ups, annual physicals/sports physicals, women’s health and covid vaccines/testing.

Jamison Express Care is located at 1875 N. Paris Avenue in Port Royal. The phone number is 843-379-9600. The practice accepts a wide range of insurance, including Medicaid. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit jamisonconsultants.com.

Kathe Kline has been recognized among “America’s Leading Local Medicare Insurance Professionals” for 2022 by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, a national industry organization.

The independent insurance agent located in Sun City is now among the leading Medicare insurance professionals included on the Association’s national online directory of local Medicare insurance agents.

For more information, email kathe@medicarequick.com or call 866-445-6683.

Nate Skager has joined the staff of Island Recreation Association as the outdoor recreation director. Skager will oversee kayak tours, boat charters, surf lessons, paddleboard tours, kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as outdoor youth, after-school fishing, and kayaking programs.

Skager is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard, a former firefighter and current nationally registered EMT, and has been teaching surf lessons on Hilton Head Island for the Rec Center since 2004.

The Outdoor Recreation Department was formed this year to utilize the Sailing and Rowing Center on Squire Pope Road. “Outdoor recreation” refers to recreational activities that occur in an outdoor setting that are dependent on the natural environment.

It is the mission of Skager and the Outdoor Rec Department to build community, boost confidence and bring families together by expanding recreational opportunities for all ages in the natural setting that is safe, fun and educational.

For more information, visit islandreccenter.org/outdoor.