Meet Educational Partner Lee Gill

Lee GillChief Diversity Officer, Clemson University On the first day of first grade, Lee Gill stood sobbing at a classroom window. He watched his mom drive away after dropping him off at his elementary school in South Bend, Indiana. He felt alone and scared to death. “I was with all these folks, many who looked … Read more

Meet TFASC Alumna Keiada Holmes

Keiada Holmes

Keiada HolmesTeach For America South Carolina 2016Center Director, LOL STEAM Center One morning, a black-robed judge walked into a third-grade classroom in Darlington County. Students couldn’t believe their eyes when a sober figure in full judicial garb stepped to the front of their class. The day’s subject, the speaker announced, would be “voicing opinions.” The … Read more

Meet TFASC Teacher Samuel Hammer

Samuel Hammer Specialist (E4) U.S. Army National Guard, Teacher Colleton County, South Carolina, spoke to Sam Hammer. He’d seen a lot of the world. Born in India, Hammer grew up in California and Denver. Before college graduation from Biola Universty, he’d traveled to London, Washington, D.C., and the Middle East. In all that globe-trotting, he’d … Read more

Meet Supporter Marvin Pendarvis

Marvin Pendarvis Family

Marvin Pendarvis Representative, South Carolina House of Representatives District 113 Associate Attorney, The Peper Law Firm, P.A. Marvin Pendarvis always knew that he wanted to do more for his community than be an attorney – even though law was his childhood dream. “I am a native of North Charleston where many schools were not equipped … Read more

Meet TFASC Teacher Wanda Ashworth-Valencia

Wanda Ashworth-ValenciaSpecial Education Teacher, Colleton County High School “I’m the least expected person to show up as a Teach For America teacher,” admitted Wanda Ashworth-Valencia. In her mid-50s, Ashworth-Valencia stepped down as the site director of Touching Miami with Love – West Homestead to move closer to her family in South Carolina. Her involvement with … Read more

Meet Supporter Mark Richardson

For Mark Richardson, South Carolina’s public school system is a wise investment. A commercial real estate expert and the former president of the Carolina Panthers, Richardson is a product of the public school system, graduating from Spartanburg High School, Clemson University, and the University of Virginia. “Although my work in commercial real estate is not … Read more

Meet Educational Partner Sherrie Snipes-Williams

Sherrie Snipes-WilliamsCEO, Charleston Promise Neighborhood “Why did we have to wait for a pandemic before realizing the value that teachers brought to all our lives?” Sherrie Snipes-Williams asked this poignant question in reflection of the state’s education system. “Teaching is one of the most important professions,” she said. “To help solve South Carolina’s teacher shortage … Read more

Meet TFASC Alumni Kambrell and Monique Garvin

Kambrell and Monique Garvin

Kambrell GarvinTeach for America South Carolina 2013Representative, South Carolina House of Representatives District 77Attorney, McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC  Monique GarvinTeach For America South Carolina 2014Violence Against Women Act Program Coordinator, South Carolina Attorney General’s Office   At age 26, Kambrell Garvin was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives while still in law school.  … Read more