Elizabeth R. Reid Memorial School of Education, Health and Human Performance (SOEHHP) Endowed/Annual Scholarship
Elizabeth R. “Beth” Reid was born in Winnsboro, SC. Beth was a scholar and accomplished athlete who earned a degree in Physical Education from the College of Charleston, where she played on the women’s basketball team. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling from Winthrop University.
Beth was an educated woman who believed in and fought for education for all and made that the central theme of her life. She served dutifully and passionately as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor at Great Falls High School. While coaching at Great Falls, Beth was selected as a coach for the South Carolina North-South All Star Game. She returned to her native Winnsboro as a guidance counselor and later Head of School at Richard Winn Academy. While coaching at Richard Winn, the girls’ varsity basketball team won a State Championship. Beth was later inducted into the Richard Winn Athletic Hall of Fame.
Beth was also director of Elementary and Middle School Education at the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. She served as the chairwoman of the Fairfield County School Board. Under her leadership, the school board opened the Fairfield Career and Technology Center, providing a valuable resource and investment in the future.
While school and advocacy were her passions, adventure was her pastime. Her partner in life and in adventure was her husband, Hubert M. Rentz, aka Herb. Herb graduated from The Citadel and later received a graduate degree in Education from Winthrop University. Herb served in the US Army where he retired after twenty years of service with the rank of Lt. Col.
Beth and Herb met while teaching at Great Falls High School and both shared the same passion for education, competition and helping others. Together Beth and Herb operated a canopy tour and designed mountain biking traib at Carolina Adventure World, completed marathons, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, kayaked and spent many moments as possible on the beach at Sullivan’s Island.
Beth passed away in 2017. She was and will remain an inspiration to those who were lucky to surround her. Heb continues to live by Beth’s motto “Keep Going”.