USC Sumter Campus Education News!...
Service Learning Celebration
o celebrate over 1,385-service learning hours accumulated by the Upstate@ Sumter
Student Education Organization, our annual Service Learning Celebration for
2011 will be held October 12 at Noon in the Arts and Letters building. Dr. Marsha Dowell,
Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, will be our keynote speaker! We will also be
recognizing and presenting an award to Barbara Rookstool, a recent USC Upstate graduate
now teaching first grade in our local Sumter school district. Barbara wrote a grant to
the Geographical Alliance which gave Lemira Elementary school interactive maps and a
trip to Riverbanks Zoo for all of the first grade graders. We are excited to also recognize
other service learning activities that have taken place this past year and all our students
who were involved.
Leaders being made in Sumter!
EO has committed to producing leaders. The semester has already started off excellent
with seven committees in place. Each committee is lead by two of our top stu-
dents who have been recommended for the position; one an Early Childhood Education
major and the other an Elementary Education major. Our first SEO meeting will happen
Wednesday August 31 where students in the club are able to join a committee. Committees
range from Service Learning, Mentoring, and Grant Writing to Edubabble and
Memories (our newspaper and photography teams). Dr. Mary Leiter is our newest faculty
member and will be helping teach leadership skills to each of these ! We are so excited
to see the goals that each team will write, and what activities they will bring forth for the
Girls on the Run!
ur USC Upstate students on the Sumter campus have been asked by USC Sumter to
O bring a Girls on the Run (GOTR) to our local community! Check out an awesome
article below that they have written to reach out to girls who they will spend 3 hours a
week with for 12 weeks to prepare them for a 5k marathon!
Do you know a third, fourth, or fifth grade girl looking for an interactive program that
teaches lifelong principles? From emotional well being to physical fitness, GOTR brings to
you five trained coaches from your local Sumter community (who are also USC Upstate
Education majors) who will provide each girl with an interactive experience designed to
teach these principles. Through this program, young girls are given access to hands on
activities that will enhance their self-esteems. They are also able to interact with other
girls their age and motivate each other in obtaining physical success by training for a 5k
marathon. Educating and empowering girls at an early age is important in keeping our
rising generation on the right path to success.
We are so excited for what Girls on the Run has in store for our community! These five
girls will be student teaching next semester. Our hope is that next semester, these girls
will then start up a Girls on the Run in their Elementary school. What an awesome way to
go from 1 GOTR team to 5 GOTR teams in Sumter, SC!
Check out a list of the leadership committees that members of SEO can join!
Scholastic Book Orders
We also have a Girls on the Run program Beta Xi Honor Society that students are selected
to be apart of!
SEO Dates to Remember:
September 8 3:00-4:00
September 17 10:00-1:00
Praxis I Workshop
September 30 4:00
Praxis II Workshop
October 6 4:00
Service Learning Celebration
October 12 12:00
October 19 12:00
October 20-October 21
October 26 12:00
Pull Back Week
November 7- November 10
December 5 3:00
Bringing in the New!
Many students come to their first
“block” class not knowing what to
expect. Some times, they sign up
for classes not realizing they need
to pass Praxis 1 by a certain date.
All of these concerns are what elevated
the need for a mentoring
team! Our first mentoring program
started back in 2009 with Latoya
Seals. Now, it is not only a mentoring
program but a part of the leadership
team. We uphold the mentoring
tradition by visiting preblock
classes and encouraging all
new education majors to attend
our SEO meetings! We also offer
them mentoring services as well as
workshops for Praxis I help. ! We
then hold a meet-n-greet where
students are able to meet the SEO
board as well as ask any questions
they may have! This awesome program
makes the transition from
general education courses to their
specific major classes so much
� Oct. 20-21
� October 24
begins advisement - sign up BE-
FORE fall break on advisor’s
� October 27
last day to drop w/o a WF
� November 15
last day to apply to Professional
Program for Spring 2012
� November 23 - 27
� December 1
graduation applications due for
Dr. Charles Love
� Associate Dean
Dr. Jim Charles
� Graduate Programs Director
Dr. Tina Herzberg
� USC Greenville Campus Director
Dr. Judy Beck
� USC Sumter Campus Director
Dr. Marilyn Izzard
� December 2
last day of classes
USC Upstate School of Education
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Upward Bound Update...
t the close of the 2010-2011 academic year, fifteen of seventeen
A seniors adorned in their caps and gowns marched down the aisle
to receive plaques noting their completion at the Annual Upward Bound
Awards Ceremony which was held on July 29, 2011, in the University Readiness
Center at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The awards ceremony
which featured Mr. Tyrone Flowers, a St. Louis, Missouri attorney and a
2010 National TRiO Achiever, was the capstone event that wrapped up a very fruitful year for the program.
With the completion of the regular academic year in May, the summer component started with Upward
Bound students from six area school districts participating in a month-long, residential camp on the Upstate campus.
Six of the graduating seniors kicked the camp off by enrolling in summer school, taking official, college credit courses
to start off their freshman year. All of the students, who are called Bridge students, resided on campus in the Villas.
“This was a great opportunity and a jump start for our students to get a first-hand glimpse of campus life and to get
acclimated to the college environment,” stated Dr. Mitchell, the program director. These students not only attend
classes but they are also afforded the opportunity to attend workshops that teach them how to make an easy transition
from high school to college. Workshops dealt with topics like “The Freshman Fifteen” dealing with physical fitness,
“Young Biz” – a look at financial literacy, and “Meet the Professor” where Dr. Charles Love, Dean of the School
of Education, spoke to the students about professor expectations, the challenges of college life, and the necessary
goals that students must consider in order to be successful.
The other Upward Bound campers moved in the second week of July, participating in orientation and a host
of activities. The first day started with a scavenger hunt which served as a college tour and provided a great introduction
to the campus. “It was the perfect way to teach the students about our campus without them knowing they
were being taught,” said Yolanda Simuel, head counselor of the program. Clues led the students to various department
areas were spokespersons offered information about the services they offer. “We had great participation from
our campus leaders and this made the students feel important and welcomed, so they really paid attention and
learned a lot about Upstate,” stated Latasha Bowser, administrative specialist for Upward Bound. The areas that participated
included: Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life, Opportunity Network, Wellness Center, Upstate Police,
Career Services, Bookstore, and the Library.
In line with the serious academic component of the program, campers attended classes during the day, receiving
instruction in English, math, Spanish, French, and study skills. The afternoons afforded sessions with community
leaders and professionals who spoke to the students about career planning, public speaking/presentation skills,
entrepreneurialship, and civic engagement. “I am so very pleased,“ stated Linda Williams, parent of two UB students,
“My children got some very valuable information that will last them a life-time.” Students really raved about the rap
sessions which gave them a platform to speak candidly with professionals about concerns centering on gender and
The camp was packed with academically-oriented events and socially-engaging activities such as a trip to
Spartan 16 for movie night and a trip to Roebuck Skating Rink for a skate party; the last activity was a three-day educational
trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The students toured Frances Marion University, Coastal Carolina, and
Coker College. “The guided tours were interesting and the tour guides were very thorough in providing the type of
information that our students need,” said Georgia McCarroll, alumni counselor for the program. “For some of these
students it’s the first time they’ve stepped on a college campus *besides Upstate+”. Students not only got a glimpse
of college life, but they also had the opportunity to enjoy a day at the beach and to visit Wonder Works Museum
while on the trip.
Upward Bound is one of seven federally-funded TRiO programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Currently TRiO serves over 800,000 students from middle school through post-graduate study across America.
There are approximately 775 Upward Bound programs throughout the United States.
Please join us as we celebrate the following faculty members and their
Dr. Judy Beck - 2010-2011 Bank of America Faculty Teacher
of the Year!
Dr. Lori Tanner - 2010 - 2011 SoE Teacher of the Year!
� Scott Senger - Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach -
making USC Upstate the only SC institution with NSCA credentials!
Physical Education Majors
Tour the Windy City and
Chicago Day School!
Dr. Laura Hooks - promoted to full Professor
Dr. Cece Toole - promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Pamela Wash - appointed Director, Distance Education
Click here for one Sept. 9 & 10 in Columbia
Click here for one Nov. 5 in Columbia
Welcome to our New SoE
Faculty & Staff Members!...
Please join us in welcoming our new faculty & staff to the School of
Education Family! Individual faculty bios are provided on pages 4-5.
Dr. Gary Bradley - Middle Level and Secondary Program
Ms. Cate Egan - Physical Education
Dr. Roberta Gentry - Special Education
Dr. Stacy Burr - Early Childhood, UCG
Dr. Mary Leiter—Early Childhood/Elementary - Sumter Campus
Ms. Phyllis Williams - Director, Teacher Cadet Program
Mr. Isaac McKissick, Director, Teaching Man Program
Ms. Lori Kopf - Administrative Specialist, Graduate Programs
Ms. Carolyn Culbertson - SoE Assessment, Technology & Science Fair
New Faculty Biographies - Meet Our Newest Members of the SoE...
Cate Egan, M.S.
ello, I am excited to be here at USC Upstate and look forward to working
with all of you. I am originally from Peachtree City, GA. I attended Appalachian
State University and received my B.S. in Recreation Management Outdoor
Experiential Education. I worked for the YMCA of Greenville for many
years running childcare programming for youth and teens.
I came here to USC Upstate to obtain my teaching certificate
for physical education. After leaving USC Upstate, I
went to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. At UWL I
obtained my Masters in Physical Education- Teaching. I
had the opportunity to teach physical education classes at
UWL, and I also taught at the Crucifixion School, a K-6
school in the area. I am very excited to be back at Upstate
and teaching classes in physical and health education. I have a passion for adventure
and outdoor pursuits, and much of my research revolves around implementing
these programs into primary and secondary schools.
I love to be outdoors kayaking, and hiking. Football season is my favorite and
you will find me cheering on my Mountaineers every Saturday from now until,
fingers crossed, January. I also enjoy playing with my dog, spending time with
family and friends, and enjoying the many outdoor adventures around the Upstate.
Dr. Roberta Gentry
oberta Gentry recently received her PhD in Education
– Special Education Leadership and Disability
track from Virginia Commonwealth University where she
also spent the last year teaching graduate level students.
She also holds a Master of Teaching degree in Special and
General Education from University of Virginia and a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Mary Baldwin College. Research
interests include mentoring and induction programs, electronic mentoring,
teacher preparation, and instruction for students with learning disabilities.
Dr. Gentry has ten years of experience as a classroom teacher, was a Lead
Teacher Specialist for Special Education responsible for programming for over
1,200 students with disabilities in nine schools, and was a contracted school
psychologist. She and her husband, Chuck Goetz, recently married and relocated
to South Carolina from Virginia where her husband will attend nursing
school. Both are excited about moving to a new area and exploring. They have
three children and two grandchildren that are also eager to visit and explore the
Dr. Gary Bradley
am so pleased to be a part of
the USC Upstate School of
Education. Teaching math and
science at the middle and secondary
level for the past 20
years has been very rewarding
for me. Now I am looking forward
to inspiring and equipping
prospective teachers with a love
and a passion for teaching. I
hold a bachelor’s degree in
Physics from Southern Adventist
University, a master’s degree in
interests are in teacher
professional development and in
improving schools in socioeconomically
My wife Stella (a high school
English teacher) and I have been
married for 19 years. Our children,
Allison and Zachary, are in
elementary school. I enjoy
boating, hiking, and travel. The
photo is from our “Out West”
national park tour this summer.
We were at Mount Rushmore
for the 4 th of July celebration.
Physical Education and Exercise Sports Science Updates!...
CHE has approved the new Exercise and Sport Science degree, allowing
us to officially debut our new website. Click here…
For Exercise/Sport Science students, USC Upstate will host the Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam on campus for the
first time on January 14th. Click here for details on how to register !
We have a new laboratory space we are calling the Human Performance
Laboratory, and we have acquired $13,000 of new equipment
that includes high-speed video cameras for sports motion capture.
Also, the PE majors raised the money for $2,000 of new equipment
activities in physical education classes.
djunct Scott Senger has
earned the Registered
Strength and Conditioning
Coach credential, which,
along with the PE program’s
status as a Recognized
Strength and Conditioning
makes us the
only site in South
Carolina that can accept students
from the NSCA’s assistantship
Teaching Man Program…
he Teaching Man Program at USC Upstate is designed to support and
increase the productivity of male students interested in majoring in
teacher education. It is through Teaching Man that USC Upstate male preservice
teachers will gain a heightened visibility and preparation as teacher
leaders, and serve as ambassadors for teacher education.
Teaching Man Benefits:
A mentoring component that enables you to a become strong teacher
A leadership curriculum that exposes you to current leadership trends
Opportunities to attend workshops focusing on leadership, personal finance and etiquette
Assignment to serve as a mentor to a minority high school student
To learn more, contact Dr. Holly Pae or Mr. Isaac McKissick.
Freshman Advisement Update & Other Fun Topics!...
OE Freshmen Advisement is off and running. If my calculations
are correct, there should be approximately 75+ new SOE
freshmen on campus this fall. Last year this time, my numbers
were closer to 108. That’s approximately a 31% decrease in the
numbers for the fall.
Senior Seminar presentations are another fun and interesting aspect
of my job and as of last count, I have 13 requests from faculty.
Of those 13, I’m excited to say that 5 are from the School of
Education. Thank you to Professors Fleischmann, Whitmire, and
Lastly, you may not be aware, but I am teaching a Freshman U101
class this semester comprised of SOE majors. My goal for the class
is to focus instruction around becoming an informed SOE student.
Therefore, we are incorporating the SOE website into the
class curriculum. For midterm, students will be given a multiple
choice test based on the SOE student handbook. The information
literacy component includes a presentation by Camille McCutcheon.
Camille will cover database resources specifically for SOE majors.
Students will use “Bullying” (cyber bullying, harassment, intimidation,
physical, emotional etc.) as the subject of their research
topic. Student research will be used to make final exam presentations
regarding programming methods aimed at preventing bullying.
Again, we are off and running in the Rampey Center. For questions
or comments, feel free to be in touch with Sherry McAdams at 864
503 5392 or email@example.com.
New Degree Program Coming Soon!...
he School of Education is currently developing a new
program for a four year non-certification track degree
- Child Development and Family Studies. Pending approval
from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education,
the program will concentrate on the development and education
of children between the ages of zero to six. Additionally,
for students interested
in special education certification
for the same age
group, the program will include
classes that can be
taken for credits towards
Things to Remember!
LAW Presentation on September
15 th at 5:00-6:30 in HEC 2001!! Please know
that all student teachers must attend this
Think about your PRAXIS II
and PLT!! New tests are coming out so make
sure you check the listings for SOUTH CAROLI-
NA requirements for certification when registering.
Make sure you know your implementation
plan for taking on instructional responsibilities
in your classroom. You should
have a plan and be working towards full time
teaching!!! Communicate with your USC Upstate
Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher.
Remember to email your Reflections
each week to your USC Upstate
Supervisor. They should be
submitted electronically by Saturday at lunch.
Visual Impairment Majors Dissect an Eye!...
USC Greenville Campus TEACh
Best Non-Greek Student
Greenville Campus Hosts the Learning Station!
T he Learning Station interactive
musical production visited USC Upstate
Greenville on Tuesday, March
22, 2011. They are recognized for
their lively, interactive concerts that
celebrate childhood and unite families
with popular tunes that invite
their entire audience to actively
participate; sing, dance, laugh,
move and play along. Day Care and
Children’s Centers from the area as
well as our own USC Upstate Early
Childhood Education majors had a
fun filled morning.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Want to travel to GERMANY?
Meet with Drs. Wiegert and
Hooks on Tuesday, September
20 at 12:00 noon in HEC
2004 to ask questions and
learn more details on how to
either complete a two-week
clinical experience or even
complete a portion of your
Directed Teaching in
Our Fearless Dean - Chef Love...
Sumter Math Teachers
Learn Content, Methods...
S ome teachers just can't get
enough math. For the second
year in a row, a number of Sumter
math teachers convened at
the University of South Carolina
Sumter to learn more about
math content and methods last
week. Sentwali Helton, a sixth-
and seventh-grade teacher at
Mayewood Middle School, listens
as Megan Burton, a math
instruction professor from University
of South Carolina Columbia,
talks about a method to
teach fractions. Helton and 29
other educators participated in
a summer math program for
Chef Love during the
SoE Annual Faculty
Retreat/Fish Fry held
at Lake Bowen
Phyllis Williams, M.Ed.
his fall, I have the privilege
of serving as USC Upstate’s
Teacher Cadet coordinator in addition
to teaching an elementary
science methods section and supervising
student teachers. I am
a proud alumna of USC Upstate
having received both my Bachelor
and Master of Elementary Education
degrees here. I taught fifth and sixth grades in
Spartanburg County for twenty –eight years before retiring,
and now I enjoy being able to share with my Upstate
students some of the experiences and strategies that
helped make my elementary students successful learners.
In my spare time, I like to read and work puzzles, but
my favorite hobby is playing with my grandchildren.
Dr. Stacy Burr
� Click here for Praxis I and II Information
� Click here for the Professional Program
Ms. Lori Kopf
Administrative Specialist for
� USC Upstate Alumni 1991 –
BA Political Science
Husband – Craig – Clemson
alumni 1989 – employed
with SMC Corporation in
I previously worked in Undergraduate
Converse and was a paralegal
for over 10 years.
Children: Caroline 6 yrs. Old
– 1 st grader at River Ridge
Elementary. Sam 10 yrs old
– 5 th grader at Oakbrook Preparatory
(cast member of
“Our Town and “Sweeney
Todd” with Shoestring Players
and part of Rich Robinson’s
Hobbies: member of worship
team and children’s
ministry at Milestones
Church; reading; exercise
r. Stacy Burr has joined the Greenville Campus as an Assistant
Professor in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Burr earned her PhD
from the University of South Carolina and holds a Masters from Upstate.
She has three children, Casey, Jeremy and Sophie and lives in Greenville
with her husband, Andrew. Her research interests include in-service
teacher training effectiveness and inquiry based learning. This Upstate
alum is excited to be back with the Upstate family!
Semesterly School of Education Newsletter
Vol. IV, Issue I September 2011
2011 Graduates and Their Accomplishments!
Kim Brasil - Wins NASPE National Student
Teacher of the Year! Teaches at Crucifixion Elem.
& is the U.W. La Crosse Asst. Softball Coach!
� Jasmine Horton - Accepted into the Ronald E.
McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program!
Brittni Cooper - Beech Hill Elementary, Summerville,
Jennifer Smith—Berea Middle School
Odora Davis - Dorman High School, District Six
Brittney Golightly - Boiling Springs Jr. High, District
Chad Butler - Blue Ridge Middle School, Greenville
Stephanie Hood - Fairforest Middle School, District
Terri Johnson - Windsor Elementary, Richland
Katy Pearson - Boiling Springs Elem., District Two
Inside This Issue…
Program News & Celebrations
Announcements - Upcoming
Teaching Man Program Update
Jennifer Pearson - Beech Springs/Berry Shoals, District
Lindsey Brannon - Rainbow Lake Middle School, District
� Latoya Seals - Lead Math Teacher, Las Vegas Imagine 100
Academy of Excellence
Sabrina Everett - Pleasant Hill MS, Lexington, SC
Casey (Cash) McCall - Lyman Elementary
Jerrell Lewis - Charleston, MS PE Teacher
Gina Wright - E.P. Todd
Ricky Jones - Piedmont Community Action
Rhonda Miller - Piedmont Community Action
International Opportunity in Germany!
r. Laura Hooks and Dr. Elaine Wiegert received a grant from the
Center for International Studies to explore opportunities in Germany
for School of Education( SOE) students. The trip included visits to a variety
of schools and centers serving children of all ages as well as meetings
and adventures with those from the area. As a result, we are able to offer
two different possibilities for SOE students to travel and experience the
culture and schools of Germany. Although some knowledge of German
would be helpful, it is not necessary or required to participate in either
experience. Students are invited to participate in a two week study in
Germany with time spent in German schools and the surrounding area.
Placements in schools will depend upon your area of interest and degree
of knowledge of the German language. This opportunity is open to rising
sophomores through seniors and includes the possibility of credit which is
also dependent upon your program of study.
Student teachers have an opportunity to complete a portion of their student
teaching in a German school where English is an important component
of the curriculum.
There will be an informational brown bag lunch meeting on September
20, 2011. We will meet in HEC 2004 at 12:00 noon. If you are interested
in going but are not able to attend this meeting please contact either Dr.
Elaine Wiegert at 503-5529 5529 or Dr. Laura Hooks at 503-5547.
uesday, September 13,
USC Upstate will host the
annual Teacher Cadet Instructors’
with eight Spartanburg
high schools who
participate in the
Teacher Cadet Program. Instructors
from those schools will
have dinner and discuss plans
for making this school year a
success for our Teacher Cadets.
The annual College Visit Day for
Teacher Cadets in Spartanburg
County will be held Tuesday,
October 4. On College Visit Day,
Cadets will hear from several
SoE faculty about opportunities
available to them at Upstate,
such as athletics and the Teaching
Fellows program. They will
also meet representatives from
admissions and the CERRA organization
that sponsors Teacher
Cadets. Students will take a
tour of the campus, have lunch
in the cafeteria, and go on a
scavenger hunt with some of
our Teaching Fellows. High
school students who are enrolled
in the Teacher Cadet Program
have the opportunity to
dual enroll at Upstate. Those
students who are dual enrolled
will have their student IDs made
while on campus.