The Charleston Love Story
In 2016 a small group of people in the Charleston area determined that teacher wellness was becoming a critcal community issue. Teachers were struggling and needed help. In addtion, when the group began their research they learned that teacher wellness directly impacts student achievement revealing a critical stystemic problem in the local school system. The issue of teacher wellness was barely acknowledged with no organized support. So the group set out to start a grass roots movement based on 1 John 4:19, "We love because He first loved us." They decided to intentionally care for those who care for children and teens in hopes of uplifting teachers and student achievement.
Over the next few years the Teacher Love Project went from concept to implementation and in 2018 it was piloted in a handful of Charleston area schools. Volunteers, called Champions, were compelled by the project mission and used the project framework to bring teacher care, love, and encouragement into the schools. Since then, the project has grown to serve elementary, middle, and high school teachers throughout the Charleston Tri-County area and the impact has been positive. Participating teachers report feeling more considered, celebrated, appreciated, and hopeful.
In 2020, the Teacher Love Nation was created to expand the project beyond the Charleston area. It is being piloted in 15 states across the country.
Though Charleston will always be the home of the Teacher Love Project and the first true Teacher Love Story, the vision is to see a nation of teachers renewed by love, care, prayer, and encourgement. With God's blessing over the obedient offering of those working on behalf of the project mission, the expectation is to see the vision come to pass - all for His glory!
The Teacher Love Project is an Education Initiative of WNC - Created and Developed by Educators for Educators.
Executive Director - Charleston, SC
Mrs. Creola Washington is the Executive Director of the Charleston Area Teacher Love Project and SC expansion effort. Mrs. Washington is a faithful member of Deliverance Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith. This ministry was birthed in her home and has continued to grow and prosper in a tremendous manner.
In addtion, Mrs. Washington, has served her community through the City of North Charleston for over 30 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Charleston Southern University and a Master Degree from Capella University. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Public Service Leadership specializing in Social and Community Services and Education at Charleston Southern University.
Creola is clearly dedicated to community service. Her strong faith foundation and her desire to serve others has made her a valuable, qualified, and proven leader and change-agent. In 1995 she founded Project L.O.V.E, which stands for L.ifting O.ur V.oices for E.xcellence. Mrs. Washington served as the Executive Director for nearly 25 years, advocating on behalf of families and education with a mission to empower families to excel to greatness.
Her long service to the community has formed many lasting relationships of influence and trust that have supported her efforts in the past, present, and future. Mrs. Washington is the present and future of the Teacher Love Project. This leadership transition is seamless for Mrs. Washington and her service to the community as the Teacher Love Project is dedicated to the intentional care and encouragment of those who uplift our families, children, and schools.
With the loving support of her husband, Tony, Creola will continue her work on behalf of the Charleston community and surrounding areas. The couple reside in beautiful North Charleston where they enjoy raising their children and spending time with their grandchildren.
"Let all that you do be done in love."
1 Corinthians 16:14
The vision of all Why Not Charleston community initiatives is to see a nation renewed by a
Gospel Rich Lifestyle.
The mission of the Teacher Love Project is to promote higher achievement among students by ensuring Gospel Rich relationships that improve teacher wellness through discovering their needs and carefully deploying prayer, encouragement,
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace."
1 Peter 4:10