Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GCS Leads the Way with SC Emerging Leaders Program

ASCD LogoThe South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (SCASCD) is pleased to announce the selection of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2018. The list includes seven Emerging Leaders from Greenville County Schools:

  • Shalonda Blakeney, Greenville County
  • Crystal Chappell, Greenville County
  • Dr. Angela Cox, Greenville County
  • Jenna Key, Greenville County
  • Hamilton Parks, Greenville County
  • Shayla Read, Greenville County
  • Fran Rogers, Greenville County

Dr. Josh Patterson, Principal, Sterling SchoolThe SCASCD Board is comprised of four GCS administrators:

  • President - Dr. Josh Patterson, Principal, Sterling School
  • President Elect - Nicky Andrews, Principal, Greenville Middle Academy
  • Secretary - Traci Hogan, Assistant Superintendent, GCS Special Education
  • Piedmont Region - Damon Qualls, Principal, Monaview Elementary School

Nicky Andrews, Principal, Greenville Middle School“The selection of this year’s cohort was highly competitive,” said Dr. Josh Patterson, President of the SCASCD. “To be a South Carolina ASCD Emerging Leader, applicants must demonstrate extensive professional involvement, deep instructional leadership, and high levels of connectedness and commitment to the profession. Applicants must also demonstrate a strong willingness to provide “Whole Child” solutions to better education for all students across our state. For seven of the eighteen selected to come from Greenville County Schools speaks volumes to overall leadership and instructional commitment of the entire district.”

Traci Hogan, Assistant Superintendent, GCS Special Education

The South Carolina Emerging Leader Program is comprised of an accomplished group of educators, generally with 5–15 years of experience, who desire to become more involved in our state's educational community. Emerging Leaders (Els) are passionate and committed to the "Whole Child," a belief that every child in that state of South Carolina deserves to be healthy, safe, supported, challenged and engaged.

Damon Qualls, Principal, Monaview Elementary School

SCASCD Emerging Leaders are expected to share their expertise and exemplary practices with SCASCD members and the larger education community. With a track record of success, ELs leverage their passion and enthusiasm to attract high caliber people to the field and mobilize other young educators to continuously improve their practice and become education leaders.

Through engaging and structured networking experiences, South Carolina ASCD’s Emerging Leaders have many opportunities to grow their leadership skills and participate in world-class professional development.

Previous SCASCD Emerging Leaders from GCS:

2017 – 2018

  • Austin Greene – GCS, Title One Math Specialist
  • Shasta Looper – GCS, Balanced Literacy Instructional Coach
  • Thomas McAuliff – Taylors Elementary School, 4th Grade Teacher

2016 - 2017

  • Kelli Coons – Bryson Elementary School, Instructional Coach
  • Jake Gambrell – Oakview Elementary School, Literacy Specialist
  • Damon Qualls – Monaview Elementary School, Principal

2015 – 2016

Joshua Rice – Chandler Creek Elementary School, Administrative Assistant

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