Soror Shirley Newton is an embodiment of the qualities that make Delta Sigma Theta strong. Dedication is just one of the many wonderful attributes that can be used to describe Shirley. That is why the Charleston Alumnae Chapter chose Soror Shirley Newton to be Delta of the Year for 2004-05. The recognition was made at the May Week Program on May 1, 2004.
Shirley Newton grew up in Conway, SC, and graduated from Whittemore High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Claflin College and attended the College of Charleston and The Citadel for post graduate studies. Shirley retired in May 2002 after 30 years of dedicated service as an educator. The schools that were fortunate to experience her dedication and professionalism during her tenure were: Rockville Elementary, James Simon Elementary, and Rivers Middle.
Soror Newton has always found time in her schedule, and love in her heart, to actively affiliate with numerous organizations. She has worked tirelessly in Delta Sigma Theta, and has contributed in many capacities, including her strong leadership as Chairperson of School America, and a mentor of Delta Academy. She is also of member of the Retired Teachers Association, Poinsettia Chapter #129 Order of Eastern Star, and Jerusalem Baptist Church. Through her church membership, she serves on the Missionary Ministry, the Usher Ministry, the Youth Ministry, and Sunday School.
Honors and awards seem to find their way to those who deserve them. Shirley’s awards included the following prestigious recognitions: Teacher of the year in 1970-80 and 1997-98; Woman of the Year in 2002; and Delta of the Year in 2004.
Shirley is blessed with two daughters—Shawn A. Newton and Sheila A Scott. She lives by the motto, “If I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain.”
Delta of the Year 2004
Soror Shirley Newton