Regional News




Regional Network Director, Elizabeth Bryant

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Regional News as of November 26, 2017

Region 1A:  Anderson, Oconee, Pickens 

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


Region 1B: Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg

Region 1B Coordinator - Jill Tyner, New Prospect Elementary, Spartanburg District 1


Greenville County Schools welcomes the following new library media specialists!

Cherrydale Elementary - Margaret Ellis

Fork Shoals Elementary - Riley Grant

Monaview -Elementary- Katie Jones

Robert E. Cashion Elementary- Shelley Polatty

Beck Academy Middle--Allison Diaz

The Greenville Council of School Librarians is a professional organization whose purpose is to promote and advocate for school libraries.  GCSL awards the Robbie Van Pelt Memorial Grant annually to one or more media specialists with innovative ideas or programming.  The Council also sponsors the Battle of the Books Tournament for fourth and fifth grade students.  These students read ten books from the SCCBA nominees and compete on teams within and between schools.  Last spring, 32 elementary schools participated in the Battle of the Books Tournament.

GCSL Board Members 2017-18

President - Gaelyn Jenkins (Riverside Middle)

Vice President - Keri Reaney (Northwest Middle)

Treasurer - Shawnee Arrowood (Greenbrier Elem.)

Secretary - Kathleen Carey (Greenville Middle)

Stone Academy Elementary will host author Melinda Long on December 12.  K-2 students attended the stage performance of "How I Became a Pirate" at the Peace Center in October.  Long will share the story of her writing career and her works that include The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina.

Stone will also host a parent author, Sara Christie, who recently published a children's book called The Wrecking Crew.  The true story is based on her grandfather's work on the railroads in SC and his faithful dog who came for help when needed on the tracks.  Both of these authors' works are available from Fiction Addiction in Greenville.

Red Raiders Go to Y’all Fest!

 Greenville High School media center sponsored a trip to Y'all Fest in Charleston this November. A few Mavericks from Mauldin High School also joined us!


Chad Crews visited English classes at Greenville High School to teach students about Shakespeare and do a little magic. (PHOTO: Chad Crews)

Spartanburg 1

Spartanburg 1 New Hires:

Barbie Zinkovich, O.P. Earle Elementary

Erin McNeill, transfer from O.P. Earle Elementary to Campobello-Gramling School

Ashley Paddock at Mabry Middle School was selected as District One’s Distinguished Literacy Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. (PHOTO: Ashley Paddock)


Jill Tyner at New Prospect Elementary was chosen as New Prospect’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she had one Donors Choose project funded this fall - “A Dash of Robotics in the Library” -  to purchase 8 Dash robots to teach coding and robotics in Media Lab classes.

Spartanburg 3

Karen McGill, library media specialist at Cowpens Elementary will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. She spent 22 years as a media specialist, and 29 in education overall.

Spartanburg 5

Jamie Gregory and Karen Hill of James F. Byrnes High School in Spartanburg District 5 hosted a skype session with Lance Rubin, author of SCYABA 2017-2018 nominee Denton's Little Death Date during Teen Read Week in October.  Since their campus launched Power Hour during lunch, students have been invited to  participate in book club meetings,learn  about new technology tools, view documentaries, play chess and other board games, and design creations in their makerspace. In honor of National Novel Writing Month on November 28th, young writers were introduced to Self-e publishing. For the winter reading challenge, students will Get Wrapped Up in Good Books and submit online entries to the annual reading competition, Real Rebels Read.

Spartanburg 6

New Hires:

Molly Phillips, Pauline Glenn Springs


Meg Campbell, Anderson Mill Elementary


The CavsRead bookclub boxed up The Hate U Give to ship out to other schools to share the grant books in a  "Pay it Forward" initiative.

Cathy Nelson at Dorman High school received a Donors Choose for 30 copies of Sangie Thomas’ book The Hate U Give. The DHS book club #Cavs Read and the Somewhat Virtual Book Club (that includes several high schools across the US)  discussed this book in their book clubs. Cathy Jo then offered the grant books (any size) to other SC librarians as a way to “pay-it-forward”, and several SC schools took advantage, including librarian Susan Altman at Eau Claire HS, Diane Morris at Mauldin HS, Heather Loy at Wagener Salley High School, and Donnis Sliester at Abbeville, HS. If anyone still wants a free copy, please contact Cathy Jo at [email protected].

Elizabeth Graham at Woodland Heights Elementary was selected Woodland Heights’ 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.


WHES Teacher of the Year, Elizabeth Graham, and Support Staff of the Year, Michelle Jeter, enjoyed the District Six Tailgate celebration and recognition at a Dorman High School football game.

Elizabeth Graham at Woodland Heights Elementary had two Donors Choose projects funded this fall: “Definitely Not Boring: Ghost Book Club” for 20 copies of Jason Reynold’s Ghost and “Hokki Stools = Happy Library Learners!” for flexible seating options in the media center.

Spartanburg 7

Three libraries in Spartanburg received grants from Junior League Spartanburg. E.P. Todd School received a $600 for “These Books Give Me Goosebumps!” to purchase more of the R.L. Stine favorite. Carver Middle School received $1000 for “Latino Lit: Starting a Spanish Language Collection.” Spartanburg High School received $1000 to purchase FitDesks for use in the library while students study.

Robin Chandler (The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, Spartanburg 7) was accepted to the Fall 2017 STAR(Strategies for Teacher Advancement and Renewal) seminar, held twice annually.  STAR is sponsored by PSTA (Palmetto State Teachers Association) and is held at St. Christopher's at Seabrook Island.


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

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


Ninety Six High School (NSHS) gets a visit from Author,  Reyna Grande. The students listened to Mrs. Grande attentively as she spoke with them about her memoir and how she began writing while she was in college as a school project. Mrs. Grande also told the students assembled in the Ninety Six High School Library that she felt it an honor and  privilege to live in the United States of America because she " knew that if she still lived in Mexico, she may be someone's maid or housekeeper". She stressed the importance of being helpful to others who are in need. She also emphasized the need for changes to the immigration laws. Mrs. Grande told amazed students that no changes have been made to the immigration laws since 1986.

The author visit was funded by: The Greenwood County Library & The Greenwood Reads Project.


Pictured from left to right: Jacqueline Rapp, Media Specialist and Author, Reyna Grande.


Region 3: Chester, Lancaster, Union, York 

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


Rock Hill School District Three

Shakira Weddington is the new library media specialist at Mount Holly Elementary School.

Teresa Allan is the new library media specialist at York Road Elementary School.

Amy McMichael is the new library media specialist at Dutchman Creek Middle School.

Jenny Holle is the new library media specialist at Castle Heights Middle School. Jenny transferred to Castle Heights from Mount Holly Elementary.

Fort Mill  

The Media Center at Springfield Middle School was awarded an Innovative Classroom Grant from the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, which helped expand their Makerspace.

Melissa Keefer, Media Specialist at Springfield Middle School, was named Teacher of the Year and a District Top 5 Honor Roll Teacher

Pleasant Knoll Middle School opened this school year in Fort Mill. Kim Nees opened the school Learning Commons this year as media specialist.


Two new media specialists are in Fort Mill this school year

Doby’s Bridge Elementary School :  Libby Egan

Riverview Elementary School : Kimberly Augenbraun


Fort Mill High School opened a newly located library/Learning Commons  and will open a satellite library in the Freshman Wing.



Nicole Pollard is the new media specialist at Griggs Road Elementary. Collar Bell-Graves is the new media specialist at Larne Elementary.


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

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

Lexington 2

Lexington 2 would like to welcome Andrea Duncan as the new Library Media Specialist at Congaree/Wood Early Childhood Center.

Lexington 4

Lexington 4 would like to welcome Melissa Broadway as the new Media Specialist at Swansea High School.

Congrats to Joy Scaglione, Media Specialist at Sandhills Primary and Sandhills Elementary.  She was selected as Sandhills Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year for this year.

Karen Donovan, Media Specialist at Sandhills Middle School, welcomed a new son, Desmond, on August 28th. Congratulations to Karen and her family with this new arrival.



Ginna Vedder - Reuben Elementary and Whitmire Community School

 New Hire

Kevin Boozer -Newberry Elementary  


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

Region 4B Coordinator - Ayanna Mayes, Burton Pack Elementary, Richland One

Richland Two

Richland Two media specialists Amy Whitfield (Blythewood High), Michal Hope Brandon (Muller Road Middle), Emily Peebles (Forest Lake Elem), Alice McMahan (Windsor Elem), and Cynthia Johnson (Longleaf Middle) received Sparkleberry Country Fair grants to purchase resources as well as implement activities and programs in their library media centers. 

Cynthia Johnson (Longleaf Middle) and Lorena Swetnam (Blythewood Middle) presented at AASL in Phoenix, AZ. Their presentation was titled "Computational Thinking Fits in the Library".

Scott Palmo (Dent Middle) received a $3000 Dollar General Literacy Grant.

Michal Hope Brandon (Muller Road Middle) received a $1000 grant from the Solomon Law Group for collection development.

Kathy Carroll (Westwood High) serves on AASL's Presidential Initiative Committee and recently was a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards committee that revised & published What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do policy statement, the document that explicates the Five Core Propositions and has been the foundation of National Board Certification since 1989.


Region 5A: Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg

Region 5A Coordinator - Denise Parker, Barnwell Elementary, Barnwell 45


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 - Debbie Heimbrook, Lucy T. Davis Elementary, Florence 1



Savannah Grove Elementary School in Florence District One won a bulletin board contest held by Read Your Way to the Big Game. The school will receive a prize of $500.00. A big thank you goes out to  parent volunteer, Laura Wukela, and the SIC of Savannah Grove.


Region 8:  Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg 

Region 8 Coordinator - Dawn James, Aynor High, Horry   



Jean Lambert, Myrtle Beach High  

Tammy Shelley, Blackwater Middle

New Hires

Loris High - Teresa Bailey Causey-Daniels

Myrtle Beach High - Stephanie Yancey

Blackwater Middle - Rebecca Crute

 Socastee Middle - Marie Girolamo

 Ten Oaks Middle - Lisa Keisler

Benjamin Higgins, Librarian at Myrtle Beach Middle School attended ISTE in San Antonio, Texas and is hosting Genius Hour at his school this school year.

Sabra Bell, LMS at Waccamaw Elementary, received funding for her Donors Choose project “Read.Think.Make.Share.”  Donations from the grant were used to add robotics, coding and electricity options to their Maker Space with Ozobots, Code & Go Robot Mouse and Snap Circuits. We also supplemented our problem-solving and engineering project choices with Brain Flakes and Rubik's Cubes. Tiggly Words has given younger students a hands-on way to interact with an ipad while reading.


New Hires

Denise Glisson is the new media specialist at C.E. Murray High School.

Beverly Ferguson is the new media specialist at D.P. Cooper Elementary Charter School


Region 9A: Charleston 

Region 9A Coordinator - BT Bouton, Fort Johnson School, CCSD


Beth Hale was named 2018 Teacher of the Year at James Island Elementary School

Leslie Cooper was named 2018 Teacher of the Year at Stiles Point Elementary School

Camellia Harris was named 2018 Teacher of the Year at CE Williams Middle School

BT Bouton, teacher librarian at Camp Road Middle School, appeared as a guest on episode 4 of Kwame Alexander's Facebook Live show, Bookish.  

Mulitple schools, including West Ashley HS, James Island Charter HS, and RB Stall HS, had authors visit during YALL Fest.  Many other schools, including Moultrie Middle School, had buses of students attend sessions in downtown Charleston.


Region 9B: Berkeley, Dorchester 

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



Patricia Hoff from Fort Dorchester High

New Media Specialists

Christine Harley--Fort Dorchester High

Angie Ackerman--Eugene Sires Elem.

Ashlee Rollison--Joe Pye Elem.

Sandra Conroy--Sand Hill Elem.

New Media Assistants:

Susan Riedmayer--Fort Dorchester Elem.

Kim Wall--Gregg Middle

Lori Pendino--Oakbrook Middle

Cindy Leiendecker--Spann Elem.

Sherry O'Cain, Media Specialist at Williams Memorial Elementary, was voted Teacher of the Year for her school! After competing against the other TOYs, she was also named Dorchester District Four Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of Sherry!!!

Denise Gadson is the new Media Specialist at Woodland High School. Denise was an English teacher at WHS, but began her MLIS Degree not long ago. WHS is excited to have her since they spent the past year with a part-time retired Media Specialist until the position could be filled.


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

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


USC CLS fall internship completed at Hilton Head Island High School.

USC CLIS spring internship to be hosted at Beaufort Elementary School.

Hampton 1

New Hires

Erin Long-Wade Hampton High School
Robin Kurz- Fennell Elementary School & Varnville Elementary School

USC CLIS fall internship completed at North District Middle School
USC CLIS spring internship to be hosted at North District Middle School

Sharon Robertson, Media Specialist -Hampton Elementary and North District Middle Schools
Bright Ideas Grant Recipient of $1,000.00 to North District Middle School

Hampton 2

Hampton 2 has two media specialist vacancies.  Anyone interested in working in a rural school district is invited to contact the district’s HR office for details.


Region 11: Special / Independent

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


Region 13: Retired

Region 13 Coordinator - Elizabeth Gregory, Retired