Regional News




Regional News as of July 8, 2016
Report news to the Regional Network Director, Beth Bryant 

Region 1A:  Anderson, Oconee, Pickens
Region 1A Coordinator - Eunice Bardin, Concord Elementary School, Anderson 5

Pam Wright at Wright Elementary School, Anderson 2
Deborah Jordan, Crescent High School, Anderson 3

New Hires/Personnel Changes:
Leah Gannon, Concrete Primary Anderson 1
Katie Moody, LMS, Wright Elementary School, Anderson 2
Kelly Bourgeois, LMS, Crescent High, Anderson 3
Michelle Durham, LMS, Pendleton Elementary, Anderson 4
Sonya Garcia, LMS, La France Elementary, Anderson 4

Amy Marshall, Teacher of the Year, Mount Lebanon Elementary, Anderson 4
Jamie Gaines, LMS, is Teacher of the Year, Townville Elementary, Anderson 4

Julianne Kaye, Media Specialist at Hunt Meadows Elementary School (Anderson 1) received a Donors Choose grant for 3 Sphero Robots as well at as PTO grant for 4 Dash and Dot robots to enhance their 5th grade coding and robotics club in the library.

Amy Marshall, Teacher of the Year, Mount Lebanon Elementary, Anderson 4
Jamie Gaines, LMS, is Teacher of the Year, Townville Elementary, Anderson 4

Debra Walker, former LMS from Concrete Primary,  passed away earlier this summer.


Region 1B: Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg
Region 1B Coordinator - Kelly Knight, Fork Shoals School, Greenville DIstrict

Judith Mamroth, Clifdale Elementary, Spartanburg 3
Peggy McQuade, Dorman Freshman Campus, Spartanburg 6
Mary Jane Michels, Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary, Spartanburg 6

New Hires:
Jay Campbell, Dorman Freshman Campus, Spartanburg 6
Wendy Rollins, West View Elementary, Spartanburg 6
Mary Beth Dogherty, Pauline Glen Springs Elementary, Spartanburg 6.
Jennifer Tazerouti, EP Todd School, Spartanburg 7

Awards/Special Recognitions:
School Librarian Ashley Paddock, Teacher of the Year, Mabry Middle, Spartanburg 1

Mandi Cox at Dawkins Middle (Spartanburg 6) is wrapping up dissertation work this summer in her journey to be Dr. Amanda Cox, Ed.D. The program is a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University which she began Fall of 2013. Mandi will have her defense by the time school starts in August followed by graduation in December. “It's been a great process learning about all areas of curriculum and how I as a librarian can make a difference,” shares Mandi.

Elizabeth Graham, school librarian at Woodland Heights Elementary (Spartanburg 6) had a Donors Choose grant funded in May. Her project, titled “Sci-Fi Lunch Time Book Club” provided funding to get 40 books to start a science fiction book club.

Cathy Nelson, school librarian at Dorman High School (Spartanburg 6) was selected to attend the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute in July 2016. Each summer, DENSI has a competitive application process, and only 150 educators worldwide are selected each summer.

Mary Brown, media specialist at Sara Collins Elementary in Greenville, was selected to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History workshop: But For Birmingham which will be held in July. The week long program focuses on the role of events and people from Birmingham in the civil rights movement. Thirty-six teachers from around the country will attend the session. This is the fourth NEH workshop Ms. Brown has been selected to attend​

Author visit:
Spartanburg High School Library is hosting their  7Reads in September Reading Initiative. Authors James McTeer, Erin Lange, and G. Neri will talk to the students in four different assemblies.  Susan Meyers and Ashley Layne are the librarians at Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg 7.

Region 2: Abbeville: Edgefield, Greenwood; Laurens, McCormick; Saluda
Region 2 Coordinator - Jill Eaton, Graycourt-Owen Elementary

New Hires:
Sheryl Evans, Clinton Elementary School, Laurens 56

Merry Valkenburg, Dixie High School, Abbeville School District

Region 3: Chester, Lancaster, Union, York
Region 3 Coordinator - Elizabeth Bryant, Indian Land High, Lancaster

Joy Price, Gold Hill Elementary, Fort Mill Schools

New Hires:
Emily Boyd, Bethel Elementary, Clover
Carol Hardin, Sims Middle, Union

Personnel Changes:
Monica Roveri s transferring to the brand new Oakridge Elementary to be a technology integration specialist. Dot Guthrie moves from Crowders Creek Elementary to Oakridge Elementary.

Grants, Awards, Special Recognition:
Jolandra White, Oakdale Elementary  Teacher of the Year, Rock Hill Schools

Carmen Boheler from Clover Middle School and Ann Shearer from Clover High School attended a weeklong NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop on the Cold War Home Front. The workshop was held on the campus of California State University, Long Beach.

Fort Mill High School Media Center opens in the fall in a completely remodeled space that is more centrally located in the school.  New furniture, carpet and shelving await the students and staff in Fall 2016! Judy Garner is the librarian at FMHS.

Melisa Smith, Mt. Gallant LMS, received a district foundation grant for supplies for the library's makerspace. Mt. Gallant is part of the Rock Hill Schools.

Adrine Weaks got accepted to attend this summer's Discovery Education Summer Institute in Chicago (DENsi 2016).  Dr. Weaks is the librarian at South Pointe High School, Rock Hill Schools.

Donna Roberts was accepted to attend the Library of Congress Teacher Summer Institute in Washington, D. C. this past summer.  Donna is the librarian at Rock Hill High School.

Author Visits:
McDonald Green Elementary School in Lancaster, SC enjoyed a wonderful visit from author Barbara O'Connor on Monday, April 18. Mrs. O’Connor revealed the inspiration behind many of her widely read chapter books which include How to Steal A Dog, Fame and Glory in Freedom, GA, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, and Greetings from Nowhere. She shared how authors use real life events in fiction stories and demonstrated her favorite writing technique. Several happy readers took home signed books. Mrs. O'Connor also gave our students a look at her forthcoming book, Wish. Her visit was arranged by McDonald Green’s Media Specialist, Laura Weeks. 

 The Tween Library Council of Springfield Middle School (York 4 / Fort Mill Schools) visited the Biltmore Estate after being awarded a grant for multiple copies of author Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Black Cloak and reading the novel together.  The students went on to create a virtual field trip for use by other SMS teachers and students.  They also Skyped with author JJ Howard after reading her novel Sit, Stay, Love, and worked hard throughout the year to promote the library program through a number of fun initiatives and programs.  We are looking forward to beginning a makerspace this fall! Melissa Anne Keefer, MLIS is the Library Media Specialist at Springfield Middle School.

Region 4A:  Fairfield, Lexington 1-4; Newberry
Region 4A Coordinator - Suzanne Taylor, Geiger Elementary, Fairfield

Kathy Walker, McCrorey- Liston School of Technology in Fairfield County.  She had been at the same school for 42 years,  20 in the classroom and 22 in the library media center.
Teri Puryear, Lake Murray Elementary, Lexington 1

New Hires:
Peggy Cwiakala, McCrorey-Liston School of Technology, Fairfield.
Nan Ocheltree, Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington 1
Debra Bumgarner, Meadow Glen Elementary School, Lexington 1

Region 4B: Richland 1-2; Richland/Lexington 5, USC-SLIS
Region 4B Coordinator - Gloria Coleman, Olympia Learning Center, Richland One

Ida Thompson, Richland One Instructional Technology Services, Richland One
Susan Depass, EE Taylor Elementary, Richland One
Elizabeth Gregory, JP Thomas Elementary, Richland One
Leck Goodnough, Watkins Nance Elementary, Richland One
Shirley Williams, WG Sanders Middle, Richland One
Brenda Boyd, Keenan High, Richland One
David Foster, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, District Office Academic Services, Richland Two
Pat Feehan, University of South Carolina, School of Library and Information Science

 Personnel Changes/New Hires:
Burlean Moses, Watkins Nance Elementary, Richland One
Ashley Turner, EE Taylor Elementary, Richland One
Laura Holladay, JP Thomas Elementary, Richland One
Julie Noland, WG Sanders Middle School, Richland One
Helen Chao, HB Rhame Elementary, Richland One
Emily Peebles, Forest lake Elementary, Richland Two
Colette Schmidt, Ridgeland High School, Richland Two

Ida Thompson has been appointed to the Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Committee beginning in 2018.


Region 5A: Aiken; Barnwell; Bamberg
Region 5A Coordinator - Denise Parker, Barnwell Elementary, Barnwell 45

Kelly Tarlton Browning, Teacher of the Year, Barnwell High School, (Barnwell 45)

Amber Glessner , New Ellenton Middle, AIken

Melanie Starks, East Aiken School of Arts of AIken County, SRNS Grant
Sally Brady, Jackson Middle of Arts of AIken County, SRNS Gran
Traci Nelson, Aiken Elementary of Arts of AIken County, Public Education Partners Grant
Denise Parker, Media Specialist at Barnwell Elementary School (Barnwell 45) received a donation from Regions Bank to provide books to students for summer reading.

With private donations and Scholastic dollars, Melanie Starks (East Aiken School of Arts) was able to Book Fair-y her entire school giving each child money to purchase one book from her spring book fair.

A faculty book club, Readers are Leaders, was initiated by the media specialist and reading coach at Barnwell Elementary. Faculty members can elect to take part in the reading of Children’s Book Award nominees. The participants enjoy dinner and discussion afterward.

Author visits:
Award-winning author/illustrator, Cece Bell, visited Chukker Creek Elementary, Jackson Middle, and Kennedy Middle in April.
Barnwell Primary and Barnwell Elementary will host Charles R. Smith in October. (Barnwell 45)

Vital Statistics
Kelly Tarlton Browning, Barnwell High School, (Barnwell 45) was married in June and is now Mrs. Jason Browning.


Region 5B: Allendale; Orangeburg; Calhoun
Region 5B Coordinator - Lakeisha Dawkins, Sandy Run School, Calhoun County

none reported

Region 6: Kershaw; Lee; Sumter; Clarendon
Region 6 Coordinator -  Ronda Speed, Sumter High, Sumter

Elma Strong, Alice Drive Middle School Teacher of the Year, finalist up for Sumter School District Teacher of the Year 
Lindsay Yaroch,  Ebenezer Middle School Teacher of the Year, Sumter

Karen Hoover, Cherryvale Elementary, Sumter

Region 7: Chesterfield; Marlboro; Darlington; Dillon; Marion; Florence
Region 7 Coordinator - Debbie Heimbrook, Lucy T. Davis Elementary, Florence 1

New Hires:
Wendy Calcutt, Johnsonville HS, Florence District 5

Author Visits:
Briggs Elementary, Moore Intermediate, and North Vista Elementary hosted author John Thompson, author of SC Book Award nominee The Girl From Felony Bay, in May. Susan Lane is the librarian at Briggs, which is located in Florence District 1.

Sonoco Foundation awarded a grant to the Hartsville High School Library Media Center and library media specialist Paula Alvarez in the amount of $16,904.00. The grant is part of an effort to transition the library media center to a Learning Commons. Among the benefits of the grant are that the library is open an additional hour and a half per week in the afternoons, and the teacher workroom has been re-purposed as a media productions room.  In addition, 10 iMacs replaced the PC desktops, and students now have access to a color printer and 3D printer.  Finally, four café tables and eight chairs were added to the library.  The Sonoco Foundation's award has been instrumental in helping Hartsville High be a place of innovation and transformation. Hartsville High School is part of Darlington County School District.

Region 8:  Horry; Georgetown, Williamsburg
Region 8 Coordinator - Dawn James, Aynor High, Horry  

New Hires/Personnel Changes:
Sissy Foxworth, Kensington Elementary, Georgetown County)
Jenny Cox, Waccamaw Elementary, Georgetown County.
Shakira Weddington, Greeleyville Elementary, Williamsburg
Laura Ward, C. E. Murray High School, Williamsburg
Melanie Genztler, Coordinator of Library Media Programs & Grants, Horry
Karen Troost, Forestbrook Middle, Horry
Anna Warren Loris High School, Horry
Liz Funderburk. Socastee Elementary, Horry
Amanda Kraft, Loris Elementary, Horry
Jessica Harrelson, South Conway Elementary, Horry
Wendy Savoca, River Oaks Elementary, Horry

Pam Butler, Socastee Elementary, Horry County
Mary Drennan, South Conway Elementary, Horry County
Paula Canine, Waccamaw Elementary, Georgetown County
Debbie Gouldin, Waccamaw Middle School, Georgetown
Barbara Schlidt, Coordinator of Library Media Programs & Grants, Horry
Roxanne Wright, Loris High School, Horry
Pam Butler, Socastee Elementary, Horry
David Bell, River Oaks Elementary, Horry

Elaine Culick, Teacher of the Year at Kenneth Gardner Elementary, finalist for District Teacher of the Year, Williamsburg.

New Schools:
Horry County Schools will have three new schools opening in the fall of 2017: two middle schools and one intermediate school; thus, three new media specialists positions will available! These schools are located in the eastern portion of Horry County.

Region 9A: Charleston
Region 9A Coordinator - BT Bouden, Fort Johnson School, CCSD

Awards/Special recognition:
Christy James, teacher-librarian at Northwoods Middle School (Charleston), was one of the top finalists for teacher of the year in Charleston County School District.

The Northwoods Middle School Library and its teacher-librarian, Christy James, were among those featured in an online  School LIbrary Journal article about thrifty library redesign ideas.  The article can be accessed here

Three Charleston County school libraries/librarians were recipients of the most recent Laura Bush Foundation grants:
Kim Livingston at St. James-Santee Elementary
Minerva King at St. John's High School
Ashley Illig at EB Ellington Elementary.

Personnel Changes:
Mary Cockrell, Charleston Progressive Elementary, Charleston
Kim Livingston, Mamie Whitesides Elementary, Charleston

Region 9B: Berkeley, Dorchester
Region 9B Coordinator - Laura Linder, Cane Bay Middle, Berkeley

Karen Meharg, a school librarian whose signature file reads  “Always singing and reading” has been doing much more than that. After 3 years of advocating for a library assistant, her school is finally adding the position to her library. The SC Impact Study was also used in her advocating efforts! Karen Meharg is a SCASL member and School Librarian at Cainhoy Elementary/Middle School in Berkeley County.

Nancy Barnwell, Marrington Middle School of the Arts, Berkeley County

New Hires:
Carrie Courtney, Marrington Middle School of the Arts, Berkeley County

Region 10: Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper
Region 10 Coordinator - Carol McGrath, Hampton 1,

none reported


Region 11: Special / Independent
Region 11 Coordinator - Jennifer Falvey, Heathwood Hall

Susan McNair, Librarian Birchwood School at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, and Dr. Karen Gavigan and Dr. Kendra Albright, professors at SLIS, collaborated to win the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.  The Birchwood School Library will receive funding for its “Our Story Told Through Graphic Illustrations: The View from Behind the Fence.” The project goal is to provide incarcerated youth with an opportunity to develop visual literacy skills and an awareness of careers in the visual arts.  The school receives a $2,000 voucher to purchase graphic novels from Diamond Book Distributors, $1,000 to host a graphic novel-themed event, and a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Also included is the Will Eisner Library (a graphic novel collection of Will Eisner’s works and biographies) and copies of the graphic novels nominated for this year’s Will Eisner Awards.

The S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind and The Walker Foundation, the school’s fundraising arm, received a $3,000 Dollar General Summer Reading Grant entitled, “One Cup of Reading, Two Cups of Comprehension, and Three Cups of Fun.”  The library was able to purchase a collection of cookbooks with the grant funds.  Also, students attending the school’s summer camp benefited from the grant.  Each student received a print or braille copy of the book, Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco.  Students participated in a shared reading of the book, learned to read recipes, and baked a Thunder Cake during camp.  Students enjoyed the literacy activity, cooking, baking, and eating the cake.  Galena Gaw is the Director of Library Services at the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind.