The S.C. Parent Teacher Association has recognized a Mount Pleasant principal for her work to encourage parent involvement at her school.

The association honored Jennie Moore Elementary School Principal Karen Felder as outstanding principal of the year at its annual conference last month. The association honors principals at the elementary, middle and high school level who provide "exemplary" efforts to promote the mission and purpose of the PTA at their schools. Nominees must be current members of the PTA at the school in which they are employed.

The Jennie Moore PTA nominated Felder for the award. Last year Felder was recognized as a star principal for the Charleston County School District.

Felder has focused on growing parental involvement at Jennie Moore, according to a Charleston County School District news release. That support has led to the establishment of parent-led programs such as Fitness Fridays, Taste-it Tuesdays, Reflections art competitions and the iBeam literacy programs. Felder also encourages parents to visit with their children during lunch, serve as guest readers and participate in school functions, the release said.

Felder has worked as an educator in Charleston County for 33 years. She previously worked at Wando High School and Mount Pleasant Academy before working as an assistant principal at Orange Grove Elementary School. Felder has served as principal at Jennie Moore since 2004.

"It is nice to be recognized for my commitment to having a positive relationship and collaborate working partnership with the PTA," Felder said in a statement. "Working together has made Jennie Moore a great school."

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