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Debbie Jones photoWhat Would Happen If We All Started Caring About Every Student?

Debbie Jones is the Membership Relations Manager with Florence County Economic Development Partnership


Aisja Jones photoCultivating a Culture of Collaboration: Pivoting at a Professional Development School

Aisja Jones is a third-grade teacher at Killian STEAM Magnet Elementary, doctoral student at University of South Carolina, mentor teacher, and PDS Fellow.

Brooke Biery photoCulturally Responsive Teaching: From Individual Classrooms to Schoolwide Action

Brooke Biery is a science teacher at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, SC where she is also a PDS Fellow for UofSC in the Curriculum and Instruction Education Doctorate program.


Brooke Scott photoPractitioner Inquiry: Supporting Teaching During a Pandemic

Brooke Scott is a former 3rd grade and 4th grade teacher and Customized Learning Coach. She is now an administrator at Oak Pointe Elementary School in South Carolina.


Ruth Hill photoDiscovering Worth: There’s No Place Like an Educational Partnership with Families

Ruth Hill is a teacher at Sims Middle School in Union, South Carolina. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Gifted Education from Converse College in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Since her first day as a teacher through the present, her goal is to improve students’ literacy and to create activities for family engagement. In 2004, she became affiliated with the Spartanburg Writing Project and credits her reading and writing growth to SWP. She is a proud wife, mother of three, and grandmother to eight grandchildren who are the subjects and inspiration for picture books and young adult novels she hopes to publish one day.

Julia Beatty photoUna confianza perdida, otra regenerada

As Bilingual Regional Liaison for the Carolina Family Engagement Center, based out of the SC School Improvement Council in The University of South Carolina College of Education, Julia is passionate about ensuring that both English- and Spanish-speaking children and families whose lives are impacted by disabilities and complex developmental trauma have access to multiple systemic supports. As a clinically-licensed Social Worker, Julia has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as children impacted by developmental trauma. A Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Practitioner, Julia has provided TBRI® Caregiver training for caregivers and professionals, both domestically and internationally. Please view her YouTube story!

Emmylou Todd photoIt Takes a Village, and That’s Ok

Emmylou Todd, Coordinator for Special Education in Lexington Two, shares her leadership journey and the impact of her participation in the Education Leaders Experience (ELE), a leadership program sponsored by Colonial Life and coordinated and facilitated by UofSC. Read to learn more about what new leadership expectations Emmylou has set for herself.

Center for Educational Partnerships
University of South Carolina, College of Education
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