Marian Hodge spent 30 years teaching kindergarten.

After she retired in 2006, she got restless. Retirement was just too stagnant for her, and even her consulting and mentoring student teachers wasn’t enough.

All that time teaching other teachers, she wanted them to teach the right way.

That’s why, when she completely shifted gears and became a business owner in her second career, she opened a teacher supply store in Rincon and called it Teach Right.

Teach Right (opened for business in June of 2008) and won the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, nominated by fellow Chamber members.

“I was quite honored,” she said of the award, “because I know we have a lot of small businesses here, some who have been here a lot longer than us.”

“Among the things that make Marian stand out are not only her dedication to business but her positive attitude and continual support of the community and the Chamber,” said Chamber Director Rick Lott. “I personally love working with Marian — she’s always got a smile and a love for life.”

She said that one of the highlights of being a business owner getting to know more people in the community.

She still does consulting (for teachers). Her last job was in (Ridgeland), S.C.


“I really enjoy doing it, but this takes up a lot of time,” she said.

By “this” she means the store filled top to bottom with colorful books, maps, posters, games, classroom décor and learning guides, every teachers dream, and an excited sight for children as well. Her store, Teach Right, is right off Highway 21 in a storefront behind Subway and the Shell Station.

For Marian Hodge, Teach Right is just right.

Marian is also a past vice president/president-elect of Effingham Women in Business.


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