Meet Our Professional Partners

Olivia Buffington
Olivia Buffington is a third grade teacher in Chester, SC. She is a Teaching Fellow graduate from Winthrop University. This is her seventh year teaching. She has been a summer AIMS participant with Winthrop for three years. She is now being certified through the Common Core Black Belt Training. She enjoys teaching, and sharing her love of knowledge with her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Basset Hound, Gus.

Jenna Darby
Jenna Darby is a third grade teacher in Chester, SC. She is a Teaching Fellow graduate from Winthrop University. This is her third year teaching and she is now in the process of becoming certified through the Common Core Black Belt Training. In her free time, she enjoys reading and being outdoors! 

Charletha Jackson
Charletha Jackson is a kindergarten teacher in Chester, SC. She is a graduate from Winthrop University. This is her twenty-third year teaching. She has been a summer AIMS participant with Winthrop for three years. She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Leadership. She enjoys sewing and crocheting. Reading is her passion.

Stephanie M. Johnson, MAT
Stephanie M. Johnson is a highly motivated, resourceful, and dedicated professional with eight years of elementary school teaching experience in grades 2-5.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in teaching in Elementary Education.  She recently served as a 2010-2011 Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching Finalist for the state of South Carolina. Stephanie has a strong track record of fostering student creativity and learning through the use of technology.

Valorie Johnson-Fulton
Valorie Johnson-Fulton is a Business teacher at Georgetown High School, and has been for the past 12 years. She has been a member of The SCEA/NEA and GCEA for all of these twelve years. Currently serves as a Board of Director for THE SCEA (3.5 years) and the Treasurer for GCEA (8 years). She matriculated at USC-Columbia receiving a BS in Accounting and minor in Finance. Then matriculated to obtain a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University in 1998. Valorie is currently working on finishing her add-on certification in Special Education and currently attending American College of Education for Education Leadership Degree to one day become an Asst. Principal.

Peter Lauzon
Peter is a science teacher at Irmo High School. He has taught in a variety of settings for over 25 years. He holds a Masters in Education, Curriculum and Supervision as well as a Bachelors in Biology from Plattsburgh State University. He has studied many years at University of South Carolina in Biological Sciences. Peter coaches the Speech and Debate team and is the student government advisor. Peter is active in The SCEA. Peter has taught Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Environmental Science and has been a Teacher Technology Leader for Irmo High. Also Peter teaches Theory of Knowledge for the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Lisa McRae Raiford
Lisa Raiford has been in education for 8 years, teaching K - 12 students.  She specializes in working with the most behaviorally and academically challenged students and served as a resource to teachers in her district in this area.  Ms. Raiford is a 2013 SC Teacher of the Year Top Five Finalist and a  2013 People Magazine Teacher of the Year Finalist. Ms. Raiford has taught both regular education students and students with special needs.  She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership.  

Delia Parker
Delia Parker is a 6th grade science teacher with a bachelor’s in early childhood education and elementary education and a master’s in Divergent Learning. Delia is also certified to teach Gifted and Talented. She obtained her National Board certification in Early Adolescence Science. This is her 10th year teaching. Delia was previously a financial accountant but chose to change careers so she also has an associate degree in business with a bachelor’s in accounting. She is originally from Kentucky but Delia and her family have made South Carolina their home.

Melanie Santizo
Melanie Santizo is a sixth grade science teacher in York, SC. This is her ninth year teaching. She completed her B.S. in elementary education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She then completed her masters from the University of South Carolina in Educational Leadership. She has been a summer AIMS participant for three years at Winthrop University. She participates in numerous professional development opportunities and also presents at numerous conferences. She is involved in the People to People technology summits during her summer months. In her classRoom she strives to create a learning environment that involves students in the processes of science. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, being a lacrosse mom, racing her Jack Russell’s, and gardening.

Abe Senbel
Dr. Abe Senbe is a native of Casablanca, Morocco. He has over 17 years of teaching and administrative experience, including 3 years as a French teacher, 6 years as a school administrator, 8 years as an English as a Second Language teacher, and 1 year as a college professor. He holds a B.A. in French Education, an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, an M.A. in School Administration, and an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.  

Monica Snell
Monica Snell is certified in Early Childhood Education. With a Master’s degree in Education and an Education Specialist degree, Ms. Snell is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is currently employed by the Richland County School District #2.Rebecca St. Claire
Rebecca St. Clair is a third grade teacher in Chester, SC. She is a Teaching Fellow graduate from Lander University. This is her seventh year teaching. She has been a summer AIMS participant with Winthrop for three years. She is now being certified through the Common Core Black Belt Training. She enjoys teaching, and sharing her love of knowledge with her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Joan Taylor
Joan Taylor has worked in education for 36 years in South Carolina serving as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal,  school to work coordinator and director of guidance. Joan has presented at guidance and College Board conferences and is a certified ADEPT/SAFE-T evaluator.  Being involved in the education of South Carolina students has been a rewarding and an enlightening experience.  Having worked in Allendale, Richland, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, York and Lancaster counties has given Joan experiences unique to the diverse educational system in South Carolina. 

Debra Pruitt Wallace
A native South Carolinian, Deb Wallace is a professional educator completing her masters in gifted and talented at Converse College, her EdS at Clemson University in Administration and Supervision and has 15 hours towards the doctorate program at Clemson. She provides professional learning opportunities and resources for district teachers and administrators promoting the importance of standards-based, conceptual based math, science and ELA from K-8th grade. This summer, she completed Leadership Blackbelt Common Core training and is completing Problem Based Learning training. Deb is passionate about authentic literacy in the content areas and its effect on teacher instruction and pedagogy. With her background in Math and Science at the elementary level and ELA at the middle school level, she plans to continue this work in schools. She was previously employed as Instructional Specialist with S2TEM Centers SC.

Prior to working with S2MART Centers, she worked in public and private education. She was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Oconee County Schools and Teacher of the Year at the elementary and middle school level. Deb has been involved with leadership roles in English Language Arts. As a teacher, she taught 6-8 grade summer school, served on the Oconee County ELA District Leadership Team and took nine hours of graduate credit courses in literacy. While involved on this leadership team, she participated in South Carolina Reading Initiative School Leadership Team Support Training. She was awarded an individual Education Improvement Act grant for English Language Arts. As a member of S2MART Centers SC, she has worked on the Literacy in the Content Area team in elementary providing training in math and science while supporting a middle school in Math, Science, Social Studies and ELA. Deb earned her B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Winthrop University and a BA in Elementary Education from Clemson University. She has 18 + hours above these degrees. She became National Board Certified as Middle Childhood Generalist in 2003. She has also developed and presented at various national and state conferences including SCCTM, Learning Forward, NSTA, NCSM and SC middle school math curriculum roll outs. She has been trained in beginning and advanced Cognitive Coaching and uses these skills in her work professional and personally.

Jayuntay Williams
Jayuntay Williams is a native of Denmark, SC. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Level Education at Claflin University.  Jayuntay is a graduate of the Call Me MISTER program. He is currently a third year teacher.  He has taught 7th grade and 8th grade algebra 1 honor and is currently the 7th grade math teacher at St. Andrew's Middle School Charleston County School District.  Jayuntay has been successful in raising the level of achievement for students in mathematics through positive relationships and effective teaching strategies.

Paula Woodlief
Paula Woodlief has been a classroom teacher for 28 years. For the past ten years, she has been working with alternative students who have been unsuccessful in passing the HSAP writing assessment. Throughout her career, Paula has served on district and SDE curriculum planning committees. She has been an advocate for teachers and students for over twenty years.

Lucille Worthy-Allen
Lucille Worthy-Allen has been teaching for twenty-five years.  She has two master's degrees, one in Divergent Learning and the other in Behavior Management and Conflict Management. She is married to Glenn Allen and is the mother of three children. She has taught sixth, fifth, and third grades.  Ms. Worthy-Allen's educational philosophy is as follows: Where there is a significant positive relationship between learner and teacher, learning is evident.

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