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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.
Back Row (L-R) Suzanne Carter, Alison Brady, Jeff Duncan, Katie Kluttz, Micko Hughes, William Sumerel, Channing Anderson, Stephanie Mathis, Bradley Mitchell, Matt Schilit. Front Row (L-R) Shameka Washington, Bryan Vacchio, Catayah Clark, Deirdre Edwards, Laura Lee Stockdell, Regina Childers, Amanda Burrow, Lori Gwinn, Sarah Rotureau. Missing: Dorothya Nero, Sheila Inabinett
Meet Our School Advisory Board
Alison Campbell Brady is the guidance counselor and former principal of Williston-Elko High School. During her twenty years in Barnwell School District #29, she has served as an eighth-grade science teacher, middle school instructional coach, counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, high school principal, and has coached middle school girls basketball and girls and boys varsity tennis. In addition to her current role as the high school counselor, she also serves as the liaison for the district's alternative school and as the dual-enrollment coordinator. She is happily married to her husband Jamey Brady and has two children, Alyssa (16) and Christian (3). In her spare time, she loves to exercise and spend time with her family at Edisto Beach. Alison is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the inaugural South Carolina Virtual School Advisory Board.
Amanda's educational background includes a Master's degree in Counselor Education-Student Affairs from Clemson University earned in December 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Furman University earned in June 2005. In May 2019 she earned her Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling from Clemson University. She also holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).
Amanda began her tenure in K12 education serving as a middle school Career Development Facilitator (CDF) for 7 academic years. In the 2014-2015 school year, she transitioned to Greenville Technical Charter High school and has dually served as a School Counselor and the Early College Liaison (coordinating the program for current students, promoting the program to prospective families, and managing communications between the high school and Greenville Technical College).
Outside of work, Amanda spends time with her family, which includes her husband, daughter (7), son (6), two dogs, and a cat.
Dr. Bryan Vacchio is a three-time graduate of the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1993, and received both an Education Specialist degree and a Doctorate in Counselor Education in 2006 and 2012, respectively.
Bryan is in his thirteenth year as a Professional School Counselor. Currently, he is the Director of School Counseling at Saluda High School.
Channing Anderson began her teaching career in 2007. She is Nationally Board Certified in Adolescent Literature, holds a Masters in Education, an undergrad in Electronic Media, and is a certified yoga instructor. Teaching has allowed Channing to blend her passions, and she infuses her love of technology, art, and mindfulness into the classroom. Currently, Channing serves as the Instructional Technology Specialist at East Point Academy. When she isn't working, Channing enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her husband, and two children.
Ms. Nero is a veteran school counselor with twelve years of experience working in the high school setting. During those twelve years she has been fortunate to serve the students of small rural districts as well as large metropolitan districts across the state of South Carolina. She currently serves as Director of School Counseling at Irmo High School in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. Ms. Nero holds a M.Ed in School Counseling, an Ed.S in Educational Leadership/Administration and is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator.
Jeff Duncan is a life-long resident of Pickens County and has been employed in the School District of Pickens County since his graduation from Clemson University in 2002. Mr. Duncan started his professional career at Easley High School where he worked as a Social Studies Teacher and Football Coach for 5 years. During this time he also worked on and completed his Masters in School Leadership from Furman University. In 2007, Mr. Duncan became an Assistant Principal at D.W. Daniel High School and also began work on an Ed.S. degree from Clemson University which he completed in 2011. From 2012 until the present, Mr. Duncan has held principalships at Pickens Middle School and most recently at R.C. Edwards Middle School for the last six years.
Katie is a highly qualified English teacher employed as an instructor at VirtualSC. She had been with the VirtualSC full time faculty group since the program's inaugural year in 2008. She also taught in Spartanburg, Beaufort and Greenville county schools after graduating with a Bachelor of Art and Master of Education from Converse College in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Currently, Katie lives in Greenville, SC.
Laura Lee Stockdell
Laura Lee Stockdell is the Director of School Counseling and Advisement at Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington School District 1. Mrs. Stockdell received her BA in Education and Masters in School Counseling from the University of South Carolina and has 33 years of experience both as an educator and a counselor. Mrs. Stockdell, 2016 SC Middle School Counselor of the Year, serves as Treasurer-Elect for the Palmetto State School Counselor Association and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Global Career Development Facilitator, and a National Board Certified Teacher/Counselor.
Lori Gwinn is the Director of Secondary Education in the office of Instructional Services for the School District of Pickens County. Under her leadership roles is the opportunity to create and develop virtual learning opportunities that are both asynchronous and synchronous and that may offer initial credit, credit recovery, or content recovery for students in Pickens County. She has taught English courses through the franchise that VirtualSC has with SDPC. Lori Gwinn has served the district as a high school principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and English teacher. She graduated from Presbyterian College, Furman University, and the University of South Carolina. She is married to Robbie and is the mother of a daughter, Landry, who begins her freshman year at Charleston Southern University in the fall of 2019.
Matt Schilit is currently the proud Principal at Branchville High School in Orangeburg School District. He has had the honor of serving as a Principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels during his career. Matt is a member of the South Carolina ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2018 and has had the pleasure of presenting at multiple school leadership conferences. He has a strong interest and focus on providing positive opportunities and experiences for all students. Matt is quite passionate about school climate, working with special needs students, teacher support and retention.
Ms. Hughes currently serves as an Assistive Technology Coach on the campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. She is passionate about servant leadership, professional learning communities, equitable access to learning, and empowering students with technology skills to support career, life, and college readiness. Hughes earned a BA in French and a BS in Chemistry from Furman University and holds a Masters in Education and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology and Online Instruction. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Teacher Leadership at Concordia University researching techniques to best support teacher knowledge of assistive technology and its impact on student learning.
Regina Childers currently serves as the Director of School Counseling at Laurens District 55 High School. She has been a South Carolina educator for over 30 years working as a high school English teacher, adjunct college instructor, part-time alternative school teacher, middle school counselor, and high school counselor in Laurens and Spartanburg Counties. A North Carolina native, she received a BA in English from Mars Hill College and a M.Ed in English from Western Carolina University. In 2003, Regina graduated from Clemson University with a Master of Education in School Counseling. She is also a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and GCDF Instructor (GCDF-I). She is married and has one daughter who is an elementary educator.
Ms. Shameka Washington has spent the last 16 years of her life dedicated to the field of education and currently serves as principal of Goose Creek High School. She holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Mrs. Washington believes in a servant leadership approach, sets high expectations for herself, her staff, and for her students, and communicates the belief that every child has the potential to achieve greatness.
Ms. Washington is actively involved through several affiliations, including the South Carolina Association for School Administrators, the Berkeley County School District Design Team, the Fine Arts Steering Committee, and the Berkeley County School District Diversity Committee.
Sheila currently serves as School Counselor/ Director at Irmo Middle School in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.
Dr. Stephanie Mathis is a highly qualified math teacher for VirtualSC, a facilitator with VirtualSC PD, and an educator in Spartanburg School District One. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education at Clemson University as well as Master's Degrees from Converse College in both Mathematics and Secondary Administration and Supervision. She received her Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Leadership with a Superintendency Certification from Converse College. She received her Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from South Carolina State University. During her 27 years, Dr. Mathis has served as a high school teacher, coach, department head, assistant principal, principal, and district administrator. She currently resides in Landrum, SC with her 11-year-old son, Campbell, her husband, Bruce, and their Miniature Australian Shepherd named Bella, and their cat, Lily. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, exercising, and spending time with her family. Dr. Mathis' ongoing mission is to develop opportunities for students to reach their maximum potential. The philosophy behind all of her work is that "everyone, no matter what they do or where they come from should be able to benefit from the power of an educator.
Suzanne is in her ninth year at Wade Hampton High School where she serves as the Freshman Academy Coordinator and the onsite VirtualSC franchise manager. During her 27 year career she has taught a range of science courses at the middle and high school levels, been an Instructional Coach, served as a Teacher Specialist On-Site for Science, and earned National Board certification. She is looking forward to this new opportunity to work with students and teachers.
William received his Undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Business Administration and received my Master's in Counselor Education from Clemson University, with a emphasis in School Counseling. He is a certified K-12 School Counselor in the state of South Carolina. He also holds national certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and as a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP). William has been recognized by his PTA as the Support Person of the Year for 2017-2018, SC State PTA as the Support Person of the year for 2017-2018, Empire's Who's Who Among Business Professionals, Cambridge Who's Who as a Professional of the Year in School Counseling and Academic Advisement, a two time award recipient as an ""Outstanding Specialist"" and ""High Performer"" with the Jobs for America's Graduates and Jobs for South Carolina Graduates Program. Also, he is a member of the Prepare Crisis Response Team for Greenville County Schools, National Scholars Honor Society Member, Chi Sigma Iota Member, American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA).
William's experience includes twenty-three years working with youth in school and out of school settings. He also have experience working with adults transitioning from work to unemployment and back to work.