The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) is offering a special professional development opportunity for school librarians who have been in the field for five years or less. This year-long program will begin with an introductory session at the 2024 SCASL conference and will conclude with the pre-conference held at the 2025 SCASL conference in March. You will have an opportunity to meet and collaborate with new and experienced librarians in South Carolina, SCASL Board members, and join networks in your area of the state affiliated with SCASL. You will learn more about being a leader in your school and district. You will also learn what SCASL is, what we do, and how you can be an active part of the organization.

You must be new to the profession not just new to your position.

Requirements for Participants

Participate in regularly scheduled meetings.
Choose a leadership activity following the program:

  • Serve on a SCASL committee
  • Present at the annual conference
  • Assist in guiding next emerging leader group
  • Other approved (Examples: design a webinar, plan a district/regional training, organize an EdCamp, etc)

Application Process

Application Form *
Recommendation *

Applications are due December 31, 2023. Those accepted into the program will be notified by January 31, 2024.

 Minimum Criteria

  • School Librarian with fewer than 5 years in the profession.
  • Have or be in the process of obtaining a Masters in Library Science.
  • Ability to attend the 2024 SCASL conference & the 2025 SCASL conference for a pre-conference session.
  • Ability to work virtually in-between the two conferences.
  • Willingness to serve at district, region, or state level upon completion of the program.

 Email Katherine Malmquist at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Class of 2023

Jennifer Beaver

Berkeley County/Westview Elementary School

Cassondra Owens Moore

Oconee County/Seneca Middle School 

Michelle Philipp

Greenville County/Hughes Academy of Science and Technology

Anna Barker

Laurens 55/Sanders Middle School

Caroline Sanders

Richland One/St. Andrews Middle School

Class of 2022

Emily Baccomo

Kershaw County / Lugoff - Elgin Middle School

Shanna Hunt

Dillon County / Lake View High School

Tina Hurley

Joanna-Woodson Elementary 

Claudia John

Laurens 55 / Hickory Tavern Elementary & Middle School

Season Johnson

Clarendon 3 / East Clarendon Middle/High School

Aria V King

Richland District 2 / Windsor Elementary School

Laura E Matthews

Darlington County / Darlington High School

Amy McMichael

Rock Hill / Dutchman Creek Middle School

Megan Minchener

Charleston County / Frierson Elementary School

Kristi Newsome

Saluda County / 

Lara Walker Russell

Charleston County / School of the Arts

Zakarie Schmidt

Beaufort County / Hilton Head Island Elementary 

Mary Staley

Richland One / Hopkins Elementary School

Priscilla Summerford

Aiken County / A L Corbett Middle

Class of 2021

Deidre Ables

Anderson County / West Pelzer Elementary School

Tiffany Anderson

Charleston County / Mt. Pleasant Academy

Libby Egan

Fort Mill / Tega Cay Elementary

Jessica Ellibee

Florence County / Lake City Early Childhood Center of the Arts

Amber McCoy

Sumter County / Lakewood High School

Mary Anne Mouthaan

Charleston County / Oakland Elementary

Melissa Rickmon

Fort Mill / Sugar Creek Elementary

Eileen Seren

Fort Mill / Fort Mill Elementary

Brenda Stephens

Greenville County / Christ Church Episcopal School

Mary Katherine Sylar

Georgetown County / Rosemary Middle School

Stephanie Yancey

Horry County / Myrtle Beach High School

Class of 2020

April Bates

Fort Mill / Fort Mill High School

Lindsay Beaman

Anderson One / Mauldin High School

Heather Peters

Barnwell / Guinyard-Butler Middle School

Kelley Rider

Anderson Four / Pendleton High School

Elizabeth Ryan

Charleston County / Murray-LaSaine Elementary

Michelle Spires

Laurens County / Gray Court-Owings School

Mandy Stallard

Greenville County / Sue Cleveland Elementary School

Joanna Watkins

Anderson One / Palmetto High School