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Rusty Godfrey


Rusty Godfrey has taught social studies since 1992. A native of Greenville, Mr. Godfrey attended Furman University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1991. In 1998, he earned a Masters in Education degree from Clemson University. He joined the faculty of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in 2002 after a decade at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville. He successfully completed the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification process in the fall of 2004 and was re-certified in 2014. Mr. Godfrey is also a licensed local pastor of the United Methodist Church since 2015, and he is working on the required course of study at Duke Divinity School.

Mr. Godfrey currently teaches Honors U.S. History, A.P. United States History, and the Holocaust Seminar. Among his many hobbies are jazz recordings (especially Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong), model trains, lighthouses, and family history. He and his wife live in Greenville and have two sons.

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops" -Henry Brooks Adams 

"Jazz is played from the heart. You can ever live by it. Always love it" -Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

“History is about trying to interpret the past so that it can hopefully illumine our situation today and serve as a guide for our collective future.” -Mr. Godfrey