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Marsha Neal wins PSTA scholarship for professional development

Deer Park Middle School teacher Marsha Neal has been selected as one of ten winners of the 2021 Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by Palmetto State Teachers Association’s (PSTA) Foundation for Professional Development and is awarded annually to encourage and support PSTA members in pursuing advanced degrees. Applicants must be a PSTA member for at least three years and be currently enrolled in a higher education program to apply for the scholarship. Neal is a sixth grade math and science teacher at Deer Park. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree at American College of Education.

 Marsha Neal

The scholarship winners were each awarded $1,500 and will be recognized at the Palmetto State Teachers Association Annual Business Meeting on May 1, 2021.


“We are extremely proud of Ms. Neal and her devotion to lifelong learning,” said Shanitra Deas, Principal of Deer Park Middle. “Every day we remind our scholars to put their futures into focus. As we continue to focus on college and career readiness, Ms. Neal provides an example to our scholars that learning never stops.”


To watch the surprise, click this link to watch the video.


Palmetto State Teachers Association is the largest professional education association for teachers in South Carolina. Dr. Elizabeth Gressette, a former public school kindergarten teacher, was the founding member of PSTA in 1976. PSTA provides professional benefits to support its members throughout their careers in education. More information can be found at