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2015-2016 Teacher Leader Participants

Sarah Bradbury

Albany, NY
Special Education

Sarah is majoring in Special Education with a concentration in Mental and Emotional Disabilities.  At the College of Charleston, Sarah volunteers as a clinician for Fitcatz, a program that develops the cognitive and motor skills of children with developmental disabilities ages 2-13. She has enjoyed working as a nanny and babysitter throughout both high school and college. After graduation, Sarah plans to teach students with mild to moderate intellectual and emotional disabilities in the Charleston area. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy and continue working to provide services to children with special needs. Sarah looks forward to becoming more involved in the Charleston area educational community though the Teacher Leader Program, and hopes to develop strong ties with other passionate future educators.

Tibby Fielding

Fredericksburg, VA
Middle Grades English Language Arts

Tibby is pursuing a M.A.T. in Middle Grades English Language Arts. She is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, and plans to use nature in her everyday lessons. Tibby has been teaching English at Trident Technical College for three years; however, working with the James Simons Elementary Kaleidoscope program in downtown Charleston, SC, inspired her to make a career change. Currently, Tibby works as a graduate assistant for three professors at the College of Charleston and also serves as the graduate assistant for the Talent Development Grant Academy Program for Gifted Education. She is currently President of the TEDU Graduate Education Organization and a volunteer research writer for Dr. Jennifer Barrett-Tatum. As a Teacher Leader, Tibby looks forward to gaining invaluable experiences, which she will utilize in the Charleston educational community with high hopes of making a difference in our educational system.

Janice Garrett

Queens, NY
Secondary Education and English

Janice is double majoring in Secondary Education and English. During the academic year, Janice is actively involved across campus in organizations such as Student Ambassadors, Charleston 40, and Teaching Fellows. She also holds a leadership position within the Iota Omicron chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. 

Committing to teaching from an early age, Jordan volunteers and works with many different programs that focus on helping children. Some of these programs include the CYDC Freedom Schools, Morogoro Children's Fund, and Wings for Kids. Janice believes the Teaching Leader program will provide new experiences and opportunities that will help her navigate important situations inside and outside of the classroom. Her main goal is to be a role model that helps children gain confidence, believe in the power of their dreams, and become successful in life. 

Emily Hoisington

Goose Creek, SC
Early Childhood Education

Emily is pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education. Emily has a passion for serving the inner-city communities and Title 1 schools.  This is evidenced by her accomplishment of starting a local non-profit organization, Charleston Hope, which centers service work within Title 1 schools. Emily is a South Carolina Teaching Fellow and served recently on the Student Government Association as the Community Outreach Chair for the Executive Board. Emily is a strong advocate for community partnerships with Title 1 schools and is excited about the opportunity to encourage this passion, connect with community leaders, and grow in educational leadership and advocacy through the Teacher Leader Program. 

Morgan Jackson

Rock Hill, SC
Middle Grades Education

Morgan Jackson is a Middle Grades Education major from Rock Hill, SC. During her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family. She currently works as a counselor for Kaleidoscope at Mt. Pleasant Academy and is also a member of the  Teaching Fellows program at the College. Morgan wants to teach in hopes to inspire students to make a difference in their own community. She is eager to see what the Teacher Leader program has in store for her as well as her colleagues.

Leanna Lovely

Hilton Head Island, SC
Elementary Education/Spanish Minor

Leanna is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. On campus, she is involved in the Honors College, the Student Alumni Associates, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honors society. She has known for a long time that she wanted to be an educator, and continues to pursue opportunities to work and interact with kids. During her time at the College of Charleston, she has worked with the Kaleidoscope program in North Charleston and volunteered with Project Playground at Memminger Elementary School. During the spring 2014 semester, she studied abroad in Trujillo, Spain, which exposed her to a new language and helped develop her passion for bilingual education. She believes that the Teacher Leader Program will provide even more opportunities to improve her skills as an educator and allow her to impact the community in a positive way. 

Fabien McGill

Mullins, SC
Middle Grades Education

Fabien is majoring in Middle Grades Education. He is very active in several organizations at the College of Charleston including the Call Me MISTER program, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Leadership CofC, and several other organizations. He is currently working as a substitute teacher to gain experience and exposure in local Charleston schools. Fabien would like to work in many different facets of education as well as eventually open his own school. He believes the Teacher Leader Program will be an amazing opportunity to make the connections that are necessary to improve his leadership and teaching abilities. 

Julia O'Grady

Charleston, SC
Early Childhood Education

Julia is majoring in Early Childhood Education and currently works at Ashley Hall’s extended day program.  Julia discovered her passion to teach at a very young age and has continuously pursued opportunities to work with children.  Julia is part of the Carolina Youth Big Brother Big Sister Program and has been mentoring a seven-year-old girl for over a year.  Julia’s passion for children emerged while on a mission trip in Nairobi, Kenya.  During the mission trip, she was exposed to extreme poverty and came back to the Unites States with a full but broken heart. Julia states, “My past experiences have taught me so much about myself, including my strengths, my weaknesses, my breaking points, and my true passions in life.  I have learned that my passion is not only to teach, but it is to be compassionate towards people.”  Julia hopes to gain essential leadership skills while being able to relate to other peers and mentors that have a strong passion to teach as well.  Her philosophy is that in order to pour into people you must be poured into by others.  Julia most looks forward to receiving a mentor through the program so that she can gain wisdom and insight to continue to touch the lives around her.   

Zoe Roff

Charleston, SC
Middle Grades Education

Zoe is a lifelong Charlestonian; despite having traveled the country quite a bit, she knows that Charleston is her home. She describes her desire to teach in Charleston area schools as a calling; it only took her a little longer to listen to that calling.  Zoe is a nontraditional student studying Middle Grades Education. She is employed with the Fine Arts Office at Charleston County School District and is happily married 17 years. Zoe is involved extensively in her community, volunteering regularly with her church, her son's school, the Ronald McDonald House, Hugs for Harper, St. Andrews Parks & Recreation, and the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.  She assisted with the creation of Engaging Creative Minds and currently serves on their Advisory Board.  She also helps to operate the Charleston Marathon, serving on the Executive team. Zoe is eager for every opportunity ahead, and will absorb experiences to bring to her future students.

Mariel Saldutte

Pittsburgh, PA
Special Education

Mariel is a Special Education major who has loved her time and the opportunities she’s been given while at the College of Charleston.  She currently works as a Peer Facilitator for the College and volunteers as the assistant director of FitCatz, a six week clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina, that focuses on physical, occupational, and speech therapy for children age 2-13 with special needs.  She is also heavily involved in her sorority, Delta Gamma, and has held a number of leadership roles during her time as an active member. Mariel aspires to promote the educational interests of children, especially students in need of Special Education services.   She believes that the Teacher Leader program will give her the necessary skills to achieve her goals and dreams. It is her belief that becoming a Teacher Leader is in integral step in becoming an outstanding advocate and educator for children.  This is something that she will continually strive to be, and cannot wait for the opportunities that are ahead.

Lauren Silver

Greenville, SC
Secondary Education and English

Lauren is double majoring in Secondary Education and English, and hopes to pursue a Master degree in Special Education in the near future. Her passion lies in helping others, which is why she wants to become a teacher. This passion motivates her to participate in mentoring initiatives such as the REACH Program, the ROAR Scholars Program, and the Center for International Education. Lauren is an active member of the Teaching Fellows program, and is honored and excited to be a Teacher Leader.  She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that can be used in her future classrooms!
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