Marc and Patty Drews
Patty and Marc Drews have embraced the principles of our community all their lives, but only realized that they were UUs when they began attending our congregation a little over two years ago. Their greatest pride is their family that includes three adult children, their spouses, and a grandson. They are both retired educators, beginning their careers in Charleston and spending the last twenty-seven years in the Columbia-area.
Since joining the UUCC, they have enjoyed participating in many activities, including participating in the congregation's first Life Stories Forum and helping coordinate last year's Families Helping Families gift drive. While Patty has served on the Membership Committee, Marc is currently serving as a member of the Board, as well as a member of the Worship Committee. He also served as the hospitality chair at last year's Equity Conference hosted by the UUCC.
Patty retired from a successful teaching career, having taught high school students chemistry and physics for over thirty years. She began teaching in Charleston County and, in 1987, upon moving to Columbia, she taught in Richland District Two schools. She concluded her career as an instructional coach, providing support to new teachers entering the world of science education. In addition to being honored by her peers as her school's teacher of the year, she was named South Carolina's physical science teacher of the year in 2000.
With a background in education administration, Marc has managed budgets and grants, developed and implemented strategic plans, and organized and implemented professional development programs. He served as the editor for a statewide newsmagazine for eleven years and was honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award by the state math teachers organization in 1993. He was elected to a four-year term as a member of the Mount Pleasant Town Council in 1982.
In addition to enjoying spending time with their family, particularly with their grandson, they also like attending local theatre, some traveling, and family card games. As co-presidents-elect, their attention will be placed on successfully implementing the congregation's strategic plan, by placing an emphasis on stewardship, leadership, ownership, and fellowship.