Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Greenbrier Elementary School Principal Nicky Andrews is among 11 professional leaders from across South Carolina who recently graduated from the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program (SC-EPFP).
SC-EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working toward sound education policy and practice in South Carolina. During 2014-15, SC-EPFP Fellows participated in activities promoting leadership, developing professional networks, exploring education policy, and fostering a greater understanding of the roles of government and the community.
Speaking during the recent SC-EPFP graduation ceremony in Columbia were State Representative Rita Allison (R-District 36), Chair of the House Education and Public Works Committee, and State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, an SC-EPFP alumna and former program coordinator.
“Quality and equitable educational opportunities are the life’s blood of South Carolina’s future,” said Tom F. Hudson, Executive Director of the SC School Improvement Council and SC-EPFP Program Co-Coordinator. “This year’s SC-EPFP graduates are some of our state’s best and brightest. They join nearly 150 other SC-EPFP alumni who are making a significant impact on education policy and practice benefiting our students, our schools, and our communities.”
This year’s Fellows met monthly throughout the academic year for full-day dialogues, exercises, and group projects, in addition to a two-day Fall Upstate Leadership Forum, a day at the South Carolina State House, and the four-day Washington Policy Seminar in April hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership, during which they met with representatives of the state’s Congressional delegation.
Other SC-EPFP graduates include:
- Laura M. Brown, Principal, Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Sumter
- Gregg Dixon, SC Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year, 2013, Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Hardeeville
- Gerard Edwards, Principal, Alfred Rush Academy, Florence
- Daniel Matthews, Principal, Camden High School, Camden
- Mia McLeod, State Legislator, SC House of Representatives, District 79, Richland County
- Angie Rye, Chief Academic Officer, Batesburg-Leesville
- Gregory Sweet, Principal, Williston Elko Middle School, Williston
- Catherine Townsend, Grants, Research/National Strategy Manager, Darkness to Light, Charleston
- Cliff Warren, Principal, Colleton County High School, Walterboro
- Michele Zee, SC Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year, 2014, Pleasant Hill Middle School, Lexington
For more information contact Tom F. Hudson, Program Co-Coordinator, SC Education Policy Fellowship Program, (803) 777-7658 firstname.lastname@example.org.