Local Leaders | Daquan Washington
by The Press and Standard | July 27, 2018 12:04 pm
Daquan Maurice Washington is an administrative assistant for the Colleton County School District’s Alternative School. Thirty-one-year-old Washington has been employed with the district since 2007. What is not written on his job description is mentor — but he definitely fills the roll and wears the big shoes for the students who come through the doors. In doing so, he is making a difference, one student at a time.
“I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to help the students of Colleton County strive for greatness,” said Washington. “A familiar scripture I like to quote to my students, whether it be a past or present student, is Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.’
“I share this scripture with them because it often reminds them that no matter what the obstacle may be, God is right by your side,” said Washington. “It also gives them a level of encouragement to push harder and that there is someone depending on them.”
At Colleton County’s graduation, Washington has earned an honored spot: standing with the guidance counselors. “Although, I am not employed at Colleton County High School, I work closely with the guidance department to ensure that the students are college- and career-ready. I am thankful that God has placed me where I am for this purpose. If I can just help one along the way, then I know my living is not in vain.”
Washington, who has lived in Colleton County almost his entire life, believes the youth are our future and therefore invests in them easily and without gain. “A sense of community means the strength to be able to positively influence the lives of people, the quality of life and encourage a sense of belonging in conjunction with your colleagues and neighbors,” said Washington. “Mentoring young people is near and dear to my heart, as I see the need in the community and work as diligently as possible to be a positive influence in the lives of those I mentor.
“I love where I live because no matter how hard I am on these students, wherever I’m spotted, whether it’s at the stop light, out eating or simply in the city, they give me the utmost respect,” he added. “It is my hope that there will be more opportunities for growth in terms of recreational activities for students who are limited in means, but otherwise talented.”
Washington is the son of Mary Washington of Hendersonville and Warren Delaney of Yemassee.