The goal of the VirtualSC School Advisory Board is to obtain direct feedback from School Counselors, Administrators and Teachers in order to improve and evolve the VirtualSC program to best serve the needs of students. Board members provide feedback on registration cycles, program policy and procedure, program flexibility, communication and overall program improvement and vision.
2022 Meeting Schedule
March 23, 2022
June 8, 2022
October 19, 2022
Meet Our School Advisory Board
Dr. Anjail Salahudin-Bolden
Dr. Salahudin-Bolden is the Director of School Counseling (RAMP certified program), at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC where she has been a School Counselor since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master’s Degree (Agency Counseling) from Clemson University, her Ed.S. in Counselor Education from USC-Columbia, and is currently a doctoral student at Clemson University in the Ed.D. program in Education Systems Improvement Science. She has been National Board Certified in School Counseling since 2007 and currently serves on the following Advisory Boards: Bridges to a Brighter Future Program, Furman University, and the Mary Black School of Nursing Program at USC Upstate. She also recently served on the College Board’s SC School Counselor Advisory Board. Anjail serves as a district ADEPT Evaluator and State MENTOR for new School Counselors. She is an active member of the American School Counselor Association, Palmetto State School Counselor Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Junior League of Greenville. She lives in Powdersville with her loving husband, Retired USAF MSgt. Willie L. Bolden, Jr, who is an AFJROTC instructor, and her two awesome and active children: son, Anjalou and daughter, Willou. She enjoys traveling, attending her kids’ sporting events, cooking, and spending time with family and close friends.
Dr. Arthur Holmes
Charleston Development Academy’s (CDA) Assistant Principal Rev. Dr. Holmes tries to live by the motto “it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.” That motto is the reason for his service to the community, especially in education. Others have recognized Rev. Dr. Holmes’ dedication to the Lowcountry as well. Late last month, the members of Holy Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church presented a resolution from the South Carolina House of Representatives (H.5541) for his 55th birthday and to show him appreciation and gratitude for his more than 30 years of community service and work in education. The resolution was introduced by State Representative David Mack, who represents the residents in the Remley’s Point Community of Mount Pleasant, along with several other Representatives. Rev. Dr. Holmes was moved and humbled by the award presented to him. His wife of 29 years, Souvillia C. Rice Holmes, was there by his side along with his children and siblings. In addition to his church family, other family members, former students, and classmates attended the celebration. The resolution notes that Rev. Dr. Holmes started his teaching career in 1987 as a third grade teacher and also was ordained in 1987 as an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop F.C. James and received his first pastor’s appointment to pastor the Graniteville Circuit in Aiken and Graniteville, South Carolina in that same year. “This has just motivated me to do more with the time I have been blessed with in this life,” said Rev. Dr. Holmes. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my community in so many ways” In in addition to serving as the pastor of Holy Trinity AME Church in Mount Pleasant, Rev. Dr. Holmes serves on the District 23 Constituent Board in Charleston County School District. He is also part the Charleston Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and volunteers with his fraternity on the local, state, and regional levels.
Dr. Emily McQuay
Dr. Emily McQuay received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Clemson University, a master’s from the University of South Carolina in Library and Information Science, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership. She previously taught 8th grade social studies and was an elementary and middle level media specialist prior to becoming an administrator. Before becoming director of the Fort Mill Virtual Academy, she served as assistant principal of Rock Hill High, Nation Ford High, and helped open Catawba Ridge High. She has been an educator for 20 years.
Dr. Stephanie Yarbrough
Dr. Stephanie Yarbrough’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from SC State University in 1994, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Furman University in 2000, an Education Specialist degree from University of SC in 2008 and a Doctorate from Converse University in May 2021. Stephanie is currently the Program Coordinator for the Satellite Diploma Program for Greenville County Schools, in Greenville SC. When she is not working she enjoys crafting and traveling with her family.
Howard E. Bissell, Director of Instructional Technology, Lexington County School District One, has served for 20 years in public education, with 9 years of experience in a secondary social studies classroom before being called to lead innovation in technology and instruction at the district level in 2012.
Since then, Bissell has worked to provide access and opportunity for students to engage in virtual learning experiences through a variety of platforms and online learning models. As the district lead and Virtual SC sponsor, Bissell works closely with middle and high schools to support student enrollments, quality learning experiences, final exam scheduling, and reporting for student transcripts. Bissell lead the launch of a Virtual SC Franchise program for Lexington School District One in 2017 which provided the foundation for Lexington One Online Learning Academy (LOOLA) and in Fall 2020 became the centerpiece of the district’s online learning option for over 2,000 high school students at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to supporting online learning opportunities for K-12 students, Bissell provides leadership for the impactful use of technology in the physical classroom by planning and coordinating digital learning implementations. He leads the research and evaluation of digital learning tools and strategies in an effort to adopt and implement innovative teaching and learning practices. Additionally, Bissell leads and mentors a team of 13 digital learning coaches who support professional learning needs across the district.
Bissell holds a B.S.Ed in Integrated Social Studies Education with a minor in political science from Ohio University, an MS in Technology Integration from Walden University, and national certification in online course design from the Online Learning Consortium.