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Regional News as of August 12, 2018

Region 1A:  Anderson, Oconee, Pickens

Region 1A Coordinator -Eunice Bardin, Concord Elementary, Anderson 5


New Hires:

Brenda Perry - Cedar Grove Elementary

Amanda Squires - Powdersville Middle

Katie Moody - Palmetto Middle

Author visits scheduled for Wren High School (Tamara Cox, librarian) include Marie Marquardt in September and Tiffany Jackson in October.

Tamara Cox (Wren High) and Julianne Kaye (Hunt Meadows Elementary) both received Teacher of the Year at their respective schools.

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Retiree: Kate Byrd at Belton Elementary

New LMS: Stacey Griffith at Honea Path Elementary graduated from USC-Columbia

New to Anderson 2:

Elizabeth Lies - Marshall Primary

Jana Davis - Wright Elementary

Amanda Totman - Belton Elementary


Region 1B: Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg

Region 1B Coordinator - Jill Tyner, Bethel Elementary, Greenville County


New hires:

Anne Albers – Welcome Elementary
Anna Kate Ballinger – Bell’s Crossing Elementary
Michelle Chapman – East North Street Academy
Jodi Cowart – Sue Cleveland Elementary
Amber Galea – Sara Collins Elementary
Dina Genco – Lakeview Middle
Jennifer Matthews – Sterling School
Amy McGuinn – Carolina High
Tiffany Rickey – Rudolph G. Gordon School
Laura Rodier – Brushy Creek Elementary
Kimberly Rush – Rudolph G. Gordon School
Christy Sanford – Skyland Elementary
Jill Tyner – Bethel Elementary

Anna Webb--Riverside High
Jessica Zannini – Paris Elementary


Mary Aldridge from Sue Cleveland Elementary

Cyndie Bryan from Skyland Elementary

Ann Cochran from Carolina High School

Denise McWhorter from Paris Elementary

Sharon Bennett from Brushy Creek Elementary

Mary Masse from East North Street Academy

Diane Morris from Mauldin High School

Jeanne Peak from Bell’s Crossing Elementary


Pam Maggio - from Rudolph G. Gordon School to Spartanburg County Library

Kriss Kirkendoll - from Bethel Elementary to Bradley Elementary in Richland 1

Mary Brown - from Sara Collins Elementary

Kristen Anderson - from Riverside High School

Rudolph G. Gordon School is opening this school year as an expanded campus that will include the first group of middle school grades.  The campus will include K5-8th, and will have two media specialists. Kimberly Rush and Tiffany Rickey will collaborate as media specialists for the whole school with Kimberly focusing on lower grades and Tiffany on upper grades.  Kimberly served as clerk for the elementary school library for the past five years, then took the place of Pam Maggio, who went to work at the Spartanburg County main library as their assistant children's program director. Kimberly received her MLIS from USC this May.  Tiffany served as a middle school media specialist in Rock Hill before moving to Simpsonville. She currently has two children at the school.

Susan Dicey at Hillcrest Middle was accepted into the NEH Seminar: Common Ground that was held over a 2 week period this summer in NY state. The seminar topic was the contrast between the urban and rural lifestyle of the New York City and the Adirondacks. Week 2 of the seminar was spent at a Great Camp owned by the Huntington family on Lake Raquette.

Sandra Brundage and Jena Broome at Woodmont High ran a summer reading program called  “Discover the Magic of Reading.” Students participated by reading and logging their titles on a Google form.  The librarians interacted with their students through one of their favorite activities: texting. When the librarians received a student’s logged book, they would text the student a Harry Potter Anagram Puzzle using a Google voice number.  The students would submit their solved puzzle answers on another form. The students would receive a text back letting them know what magical artifact they had earned. For every three magical artifacts, they earned a Deathly Hallows. The first Deathly Hallows earned them a letter to be delivered by an “owl” to the summer reading celebration, where they will have to “Breakout of Azkaban”.  For each Deathly Hallows they earn, they earn more prizes. It was a lot of fun interacting with the students who participated!

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New Hire: Jeanne Harris, New Prospect Elementary

Move: Jill Tyner - from New Prospect Elementary to Bethel Elementary in Greenville

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Mandy Stallard at Woodruff Elementary is on the launch team for Kwame Alexander's new book Swing. Mandy is also a part of a group on Twitter called #bookposse. They receive ARCS of books that are soon-to-be published, and we read, review, and promote them on Twitter. That inspired me to create a blog where I review these books; it's called Novel Thoughts:

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Byrnes High School librarians Karen Hill and Jamie Gregory are the recipients of the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week grant! They will receive a check for $1000 to be used for their program, Some Rights Reserved: South Carolina Speaks Out. They will incorporate elements of censorship in STEAM areas as well as educating students about occurrences of censorship in South Carolina.

Jamie Gregory also recently had an article published by Edutopia online outlining ways classroom teachers can collaborate with their school librarians. Please share with your faculties and administrators!

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Cathy Jo Nelson, Librarian at Paul M. Dorman High School (Spartanburg 6) won a Kindle Fire from the State Library/DISCUS Lesson Plan Contest that ran this past summer. Congratulations Cathy!

Cathy Nelson, Dorman High School Librarian in Spartanburg 6 submitted a lesson plan to the SC State Library's DISCUS Lesson Plan contest, and won a Kindle Fire. Cathy plans to use the Kindle Fire as a prize during her 2018 Teen Read Week Celebration at Dorman.

Jamie Gregory at Byrnes High School won the same contest.

Congrats to Jamie Gregory,  Byrnes High School Librarian, who is published in Edutopia!  

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New Hire: Angela Williams - E.P. Todd School

Region 2: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Saluda

Region 2 Coordinator - Jaqueline Rapp, Ninety-Six High School, Greenwood 52

New Hire: Russell Altman, Saluda Middle School


Region 3: Chester, Lancaster, Union, York

Region 3 Coordinator - Mike LeRoy, Indian Land High, Lancaster


New Hires

Chester Middle - Euphemia Southall

Chester High - Jonathan Ferguson

Lewisville Middle - Teneley Middleton


New Hires

Rebecca Brunson - new hire at Indian Land High School

Alison Harris - replaced Michelle Cloer at Indian Land Middle School

Jane Rhoades - replaced Laura Weeks at McDonald Green Elementary

Susan Toole - replaced Amanda Antonacci at  Brooklyn Springs Elementary

Emilee Vaughn - replaced Euphemia Southall at Clinton Elementary

Kelly Urtz - opening new Van Wyck Elementary  

Elizabeth Bryant’s district Instructional Specialist role expanded to include libraries.


New Hire: Sara Hall - Hunter Street Elementary School

Rock Hill

New Hires

Dutchman Creek Middle - Amy McMichael

Rosewood Elementary - Katie Ellison

Independence Ele.  Laura Weeks

India Hook Ele. - Jennifer Smith

Lesslie  Ele.- Melissa Adair

Oakdale Ele. -  Shannon McFate

Ebinport Ele  - Sara Sawczuk


New Hires

Kathleen Gearhart - Oakridge Elementary School

Lea Barrett - Bethany Elementary School


Region 4A:  Fairfield, Lexington 1-4, Newberry

Region 4A Coordinator - Anita Hutto, Pelion Elementary School, Lexington 1
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           New Hires

     Melissa Masters (left) will be the new librarian at Pleasant Hill Middle School and
     Jenna Carson (right) will be Pelion High School.


Region 4B: Richland One, Richland Two, Lexington-Richland Five, USC Columbia

Region 4B Coordinator - Susan Elofson, Eau Claire High School, Richland One


Region 5A: Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg

Region 5A Coordinator - Heather Loy, Wagener Salley HS, Aiken


New Hires

Kennita Hairston-Jackson Middle School

Has Slone - JD Lever Elementary

Tonya Rogers - Ridge-Spring Monetta Elementary

Elizabeth Caldwell - South Aiken High School

Della Ramsey - North Aiken Elementary


Carole Wise retired from South Aiken High School.

Rene Miller retired from Ridge-Spring Monetta Elementary

Susan Moyer retired from North Aiken Elementary

Sally Brady (Jackson Middle) moved to Tennessee.

Faith Barber moved from JD Lever Elementary to South Aiken High School.

Amanda Litfin moved from South Aiken High School.

Special Recognition

Jeannie Simmons (Byrd Elementary) was named as the First Year Teacher of the Year for her school.


(Jeannie Simmons, First Year Teacher of the Year for Byrd Elementary with Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford)

Faith Barber was named the teacher of the year for JD Lever Elementary and was then selected as one of five teachers in the district to the honor court for district Teacher of the Year.


Sue Anne Beym (Midland Valley High School) was nominated as Aiken County’s Secondary Distinguished Literacy Teacher for the school year and was recognized by the school board and at the SCIRA conference.




Nine elementary schools and eight middle schools in Aiken County participated in Battle of the Books this year. On April 10th the elementary schools held a district battle for the second time. The winning team (for the second year) was Aiken Elementary (Traci Nelson-media specialist). The middle schools held their district battle on April 12th. The winning team was Paul Knox Middle (Kelley Smith-media specialist).

All elementary school participating teams with their media specialists alt

Elementary winning team from Aiken Elementary alt

All middle school participating teams with their media specialists alt

Middle school winning team from Paul Knox Middle alt

Award-winning author CeCe Bell visited with students at JD Lever Elementary (Faith Barber-media specialist) on March 14th.

Region 5B: Allendale, Orangeburg, Calhoun

Region 5B Coordinator - Kenya Dantzler, Brookdale Elementary, Orangeburg 5

Region 6: Kershaw, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon

Region 6 Coordinator - Ronda Speed, Sumter High, Sumter


Region 7: Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Florence

Region 7 Coordinator - Elizabeth Herlong, Lakeview High School,


New Hires:    Marjorie Goodson: Spaulding Middle School

Lori Strickland:  Southside Elementary School

Michelle Turner: North Hartsville Elementary School

           Sarah Huntley:  Thornwell School of the Arts

Moves:           Judy Tolson-Williamson:  Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School

Retirees:       Angela Grooms retired from Spaulding Middle School

          Mona Newsome retired from North Hartsville Elementary School

                      Vickie Jacobs retired from Thornwell School of the Arts




Media Specialists Paula Alvarez (far right) and Stacey Harrison (front row, 2nd from left), along with the Darlington County School District’s Technology Department, had the opportunity to attend the International Society For Technology In Education (ISTE) in Chicago, Illinois.  


Region 8:  Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg

     Region 8 Coordinator - VACANT 


Region 9A: Charleston

Region 9A Coordinator - Jennifer Thrift, Charles Pinckney ES, Charleston


CCSD honored four retiring teacher librarians for their service and commitment to their students and schools during their time in the district.  Cindy Stelow retired from Belle Hall ES, Donna Whitlock retired from Wando HS, Joann Jarman retired from Cario MS, and Sharon Valicek retired from Malcolm Hursey ES.  

Amanda Ogle is joining the team at Wando HS as a teacher librarian.  

Jennifer Gomez is the new teacher librarian at Cario MS and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.  

Helen Gildea will be the new teacher librarian at West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet MS

Baily Griffith is the new teacher librarian at AC Corcoran ES

Sarah Young will be joining Belle Hall ES as their teacher librarian

Melissa Zahler is the new teacher librarian at Chicora ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort

Keri Price is the new teacher librarian at EA Burns ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.

Alex Magee is the new teacher librarian at Hunley Park ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.

Heidi Benton is the new teacher librarian at JB Edwards ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.

Kaitlin Torres is joining Malcolm Hursey as their new teacher librarian

Katherine Freligh is the new teacher librarian at Mary Ford ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.

Catherine McBride is the new teacher librarian at  Mt. Zion ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.

Mary Ann Mouthaan is the new teacher librarian at Oakland ES and is part of the USC Teacher Librarian Cohort.

Mary Kate Karle will be joining Pepperhill ES as their new teacher librarian.

Deborah Bobo, Loni Lewis, and Christy James presented at the  Lowcountry EdTech Summit in August

Cindy Philbeck at Simmons Pinckney MS and Kim Livingston at Whitesides ES received $500 Beacon Society Grants to incorporate Sherlock Holmes and mysteries into their libraries.

Suzy Schumacher at Angel Oak ES and Kim Livingston at Whitesides ES received Tanger Kids grants to add more books to their library collections.

CCSD partnered with CCPL for our summer reading program for the first time ever.  

Region 9B: Berkeley, Dorchester

Region 9B Coordinator - Laura Linder, Cane Bay Middle, Berkeley


New Media Specialists and assistants in Berkeley County are:

Sherry O’Cain, who will be working at Sangaree Intermediate this year.  She comes to BCSD from Williams Memorial Elementary in Dorchester 4.

Lily Evans will be the new media specialist for Daniel Island School. She taught Kindergarten at DIS for the past 7 years.

Alisha Cass will be the new media assistant at Westview Elementary School.  She was the media assistant at Boulder Bluff last year.

Amber DePriest will be the new media specialist at Westview Middle School.  She was the media specialist at Boulder Bluff last year.

Aron Bennett will be the new media specialist at Sangaree Middle School.  She was the media assistant at Cane Bay High for the last _ years.

Dawn Frazier will be the new media specialist at Sangaree Elementary School. She was the media specialist at Goose Creek Primary last year.

Jacqueline Bresse-Rodenkirk will be the new media specialist at the new Foxbank Elementary School.

Lori Kimble will be the new media specialist at the new Bowen’s Corner Elementary School.

Michelle Kendrick will be the new media specialist at Goose Creek Elementary School.

Melissa Mills will be the new media specialist at H.E. Bonner Elementary School.  She was a classroom teacher for 15 years 12 of those in Berkeley County.

Kelli Rodriquez will be the new media specialist at Howe Hall AIMS.

Dorchester Two:

Vivian Strickland is the new media specialist at Oakbrook Middle School.

Emma Ball is the new media specialist at Fort Dorchester High School.


Region 10: Beaufort, Colleton,  Hampton I, Hampton 2, Jasper

Region 10 Coordinator - Dr. Linda Waskow, Beaufort Elementary School, Beaufort


Region 11: Special / Independent

Region 11 Coordinator - Elizabeth Wain, Christ Our King Stella Maris


Region 13: Retired

Region 13 Coordinator - Elizabeth Gregory, Retired


            Charlotte Pearson Wilder alt

JULY 31, 1944 – AUGUST 19, 2018

Adored wife and mother, Charlotte Pearson Wilder, passed away on Sunday, August 19th, 2018 due to complications from heart failure. She is survived by her husband, Ron Wilder; daughter, Erika Watts (spouse Frankie); daughter, Rachel Walters (spouse Ash); son, David Wilder, and two grandchildren, Holden Watts (13) and Olivia Watts (11). Charlotte was born and grew up in Houston, Texas, and always kept a place in her heart for the Lone Star state and her loved ones there. After supporting her husband through graduate school at Vanderbilt University, she made Columbia her home in 1970. She worked early on in her career as a second grade elementary school teacher at Irmo Elementary. After receiving her masters in library science from the University of South Carolina, she served many years as the head librarian at Irmo High School library. While there, Charlotte transitioned the library from card catalogue to digital. She was instrumental in designing the library addition and the high school's first website in the early 1990's. She enjoyed her service with the S.C. Association of School Librarians and spending time with colleagues. Charlotte was an out of this world cook. She loved visiting gardens, bird watching; reading; and homemaking. When her children were younger, Charlotte enjoyed playing bridge at regular neighborhood and university bridge playing gatherings. She reveled in traveling the nation. She especially enjoyed planning and taking long summer trips camping with family in the pop-up camper. Above all, Charlotte always experienced the most joy caring for and spending time with her family, children, and grandchildren.



Cheryl Robinette

Cheryl is gathering a list of library paraprofessionals in South Carolina.  Please encourage your paraprofessional to join SCASL today!