As its mission, The SCEA works to protect and defend public education in South Carolina. To succeed, The SCEA provides a Professional Support Chain for its members.
Jackie B. Hicks is President of The SCEA and chairs its Executive Board. President Hicks and a Board of elected leaders from around the state oversee The SCEA's policies and legislative agenda. President Hicks is the presiding office and official spokesperson of The SCEA. Rutha Johnson is her Assistant.
Roger Smith is Executive Director of The SCEA. Mr. Smith oversees the day to day operations, staff, and the Legal Services Program. He is also actively engaged in The SCEA's efforts in the Legislature. Patsy Fulmer and Sandra Solomon provide support for several administrative, association and staff needs.
Catherine Larson is our Manager of Business and Finance.
Tyra Goines keep The SCEA's business and membership operations running.
Noelle Poole Enoch, Tygere Charles, and Janet Stein are part of The SCEA's cadre of field staff professionals who oversee association programs, and provide services to members.
Kathy Richardson, through her work with The SCEA's Children's Foundation, works with our Professional Development program. She works with Jackie B. Hicks and other leaders and staff to develop professional development events that are interesting and relevant for today's educators. Participants are provided with the necessary documentation to get certificate credit from their district.
Joanie Lawson, our Legislative Specialist and Lobbyist, monitors the activities of our elected officials and the Statehouse, and speaks up for your interests. Visit our Legislative page for updates during the Legislative session from January through June. In addition, Joanie, President Hicks and our The SCEA Leaders are involved in conversation with the Department of Education, CERRA and others, constantly working to improve education in SC.
Janet Stein oversees the Member Advocacy program and assists members with day to day employment problems. Janet is also the association's webmaster and maintains two areas dedicated to member advocacy, one located on The SCEA site and an external Member Advocacy Center site. These sites provide resources related to employment rights and how to handle mistreatment. We have a Formal Evaluation Support Center in the Member Advocacy Center site that is dedicated to ADEPT support. The Member Advocacy Program supports The SCEA's goal to Protect and Defend public education in South Carolina.
We have several field organizers who are on the ground in districts across the state. The SCEA's field organizing program is designed to strengthen our Association by amplying educator's voices on behalf of children, public education, and educators. By working together, The SCEA members are improving public education in South Carolina.
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