Dr. Terita Gusby-McCauley

CEO

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Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University; Masters of Science degree in Urban Education at Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Culver-Stockton College; English Second Language Certification from Global University, Ontario Canada. Employment experiences include:  College Professor, Student Support Services Officer, Central Office Administrator of Special Education Transitions, GED Program Director, Charter School Principal, Middle School Vice Principal, Special Education Instructor, Federal Grants Officer, Education Consultant, College-School Partnership Coordinator, Elementary and Special Education Instructor and  Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Dr. T has dedicated her study, research and teaching to making a personal commitment to understand the plight of at-risk youth and has worked diligently to make the

playing field a more level one for our at-risk youth to succeed. She has a passion for teaching and teacher training. She believes that we are all connected and it is our obligation to protect and educate children for they are our most valuable resources.

Paula Rogers

Special Education

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Paula Dee Rogers is an elementary special education resource teacher for K-5.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree for teaching 1-6, Language Arts, and English grades 7-9 at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.  

 

Paula also taught high school English for 3 years in a self-contained children’s mental health facility in the Hickman Mills’ C-1 School District.  In July, 2017, she transferred to Grandview C-4 School District as a traveling special education elementary resource teacher.

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Lisa Thomas

Special Services 

Career Transitions

Lisa Thomas helps high school students with disabilities uncover their goals, talents, and interests as they plan for their futures. She brings a wealth of experience to employment and life skills training. Lisa is the mother of McIver Thomas, a ClemsonLIFE graduate. 

 

Lisa served as a job coach on the team that launched the first Project SEARCH in the state of South Carolina. She is currently a Transition Specialist in Spartanburg, SC high schools..

 

Lisa is an advocate for individuals with disabilities on several committees in addition to the ClemsonLIFE Advisory Board … the Mayors of Spartanburg County Committee for People with Disabilities; the Upstate Workforce Board Disabilities Committee; and the South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition.

Jisoo Park

Language Acquisition

Specialist

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Jisoo Park is an  Academic Tutor, who is committed to inculcating a passion for learning and aptitude to remain flexible, ensuring that every child’s learning styles and abilities are addressed. She exhibits superior interpersonal and communication skills to foster meaningful relationships with students, staff, and parents. Her certifications are in  Elementary education 1-6, TESOL K-12, and Mathematics 5-9, and training from Orton Gillingham Institute – Multisensory Reading Intermediate and SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol).  She attended University Missouri-Kansas City, MA TESOL, BA  Elementary Education, and Duk-sung University in Seoul, Korea, BA English literature, and Language.

Jisoo works as an ELL teacher in the Grandview School District. She also has Instruction in beginning English speakers Com. Arts class grade from 4 to 6, instructing 3rd sheltered Mathematics class implementing SIO in the Kansas City Missouri School District.

Connie DiDonna

Educational Consultant

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Connie DiDonna is an Instructional Coach who has over the years developed teaching strategies to ensure that the learning needs of students are met while encouraging an environment for continuous learning.  Her certifications are in Gifted K-12, Spanish, ESL, and Special Education.

Connie attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City, obtaining a Specialist Degree in School Administration. She has a MA in Curriculum, Instruction, and ESL from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a BA in Education Spanish from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, BA in Accounting and Business Law, Holy Angel University, Philippines.

Darra Jackson

Language Acquisition

Specialist

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Darra Jackson is a graduate of Shandong University and Georgia State University. As a recipient of the esteemed Chinese Government Scholarship, she lived and studied Mandarin and undergraduate degree in Southeastern China for five years.

 

During that time, she developed a high-level of proficiency in the Chinese language and offers tutoring in fundamental conversational Mandarin. Through her interactive courses, you will learn introductions, greetings, numbers, and common expressions.

Christine Sharpenberg

Educational Consultant

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Christine Scharpenberg earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health Education in 1992 from Central Washington University. She went back to Central Washington University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1998. She began her teaching career as a substitute for 2 years and started full time teaching in 2000 as a Middle School Health and PE teacher.  

 

She spent several years in a self-contained Special Education Program in middle school and felt the calling to continue to work in Special Education. After a big move across the country, Christine and her family settled in North Carolina where Christine was needed as a computer technology teacher in a small rural middle school. She then switched to teaching Spanish and Special Education Occupational Transition in high school for several years. 

Crystal Johnson

Educational Consultant

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Crystal Johnson attained a Masters of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC. Crystal has taught grades Pre-K through second and she is currently teaching kindergarten science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM).

She has served as a mentor and supervising teacher for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As a Christian Education Director, she provided guidance and instruction on a variety of subjects and uses her knowledge of Christian Education to undergird teaching and learning for other teachers as well as her students.  

Larryn Bankston

Educational Consultant

Vinita L. McMurray

Educational Consultant

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Larryn Bankston attended Metropolitan Community College where she received an Associates Degree in early childhood education. She then attended University of Arkansas Pine Bluff where she studied music education.  She received a  Bachelors Degree at Friends University in Education & Organizational Leadership and a Masters Degree from Graceland University in Education specializing in Special Education. 

 

Larryn has been in the education field since 1999. Throughout the years she has worked in the Kansas City Mo and Hickman Mills Public School Districts specializing in reading comprehension and special education.

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Vinita L. McMurray attended the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English. She has certifications in ELAR 4 - 8, Secondary English 6 - 12, Speech 7 - 12, and ESL Supplemental 4 - 12.

 

Her experiences have allowed her to be proficient in teaching english grades 6 - 12.  She is also proficient in areas of general education elementary through 12th grades.

Porscha Moore

High School-College Career Consultant

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Porcha Thomas Moore is a Transition counselor at South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation and Human Services Adjunct professor at Piedmont Technical College. Mrs. Moore possess a bachelor’s degree in History from Lander University in Greenwood, SC and Masters degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Mrs. Moore has dedicated her career to advocating for children in any capacity.  Mrs. Moore was previously a therapist at a children residential facility and child protective services social worker.