TFASC Names Alumnus Brandon Johnson to Advisory Board

Brandon Johnson

Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC) is pleased to welcome Brandon Johnson to its advisory board for a three-year term. As an alumnus of TFASC, he will provide strategic counsel and support to its evolving goals and expanding programs that will reach more students and communities in the future.  In 2014, Johnson was placed by … Read more

Meet the Catalysts From Our Collective Movement

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Our TFASC Teachers and Alumni Catalysts for Educational Equity and Systems Change The earth constantly changes. Tectonic activity shifts continents and shakes the foundations of cities. The education system in South Carolina sees its foundations shifting too. The pandemic. The Great Resignation. Politics. Demographics. Racial equity. By transforming student outcomes and improving communities with intentionality, … Read more

Meet Catalyst Darla Moore

Darla Moore

Darla Moore Founder, The Darla Moore Foundation Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC) can largely credit Darla Moore’s embracing vision of high-quality education for its very existence. After decades in the financial industry, Moore, a renowned business leader who was born in Lake City, S.C., turned her attention to giving back to her beloved state, … Read more

Meet Catalyst Tommy Preston Jr.

Tommy Preston

Tommy Preston Jr. Vice President of Ethics, The Boeing Company Tommy Preston’s family had lived in his hometown of Clemson, South Carolina for generations. As a child, he recalls sitting with his grandfather on a porch one afternoon. His granddad pointed toward Clemson University, just five minutes distant. “Because of the conditions during my youth, … Read more

Meet Catalyst Kimberly Sutton Mason

Kimberly Moore

Kimberly Sutton Mason Principal, Rosenwald Elementary and Middle School “When I found Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC), it was like I found a family. I love this organization,” said Kimberly Sutton Mason, principal of Rosenwald Elementary and Middle School (REMS). She has championed Teach For America since it came to South Carolina. Mason has … Read more

TFASC Releases White Paper from DiscussED Forum on the Future of Education

2040 and beyond

Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC) released a white paper, “The Future of Education: 2040 and Beyond,” that summarizes key ideas and actions from its inaugural DiscussED forum. Earlier this year, DiscussED convened diverse perspectives from more than 30 corporate, education, legislative, and nonprofit leaders. “Our public education system, which has remained largely unchanged for … Read more

Meet Catalyst Debra Sonkin

Debra Sonkin

Debra Sonkin Founder, Search Advisory Group In 2011, during its founding year in the region, Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC) started partnering with school districts but had not yet recruited a board of directors. The long-time strategy of Teach For America (TFA)’s national leadership team was to encourage its regions to recruit industry leaders … Read more

Meet Catalyst Hayward Jean


Hayward Jean Director of Student Services, Orangeburg County School District “Teaching is one of the most important professions,” said Hayward Jean. “It’s so much more than a job. A teacher is literally building another human being.” There’s a lot of building on Jean’s watch. The Orangeburg County School District, where he is director of student … Read more

Meet Catalyst Susie Shannon

Susie Shannon

Susie Shannon President and CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness Susie Shannon grew up on a dirt road in rural South Carolina. For her economically-challenged family, day-to-day necessities had to take priority over education. Still, she could see a road ahead. “For me, it’s just as they say: The way out of poverty ran right … Read more