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District Team Members Receive Degrees from University of South Carolina

Because of their commitment to personal achievement and lifelong learning, three S.C. Public Charter School District staff members earned doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina last weekend.

Susan Howard, director of special education and English to speakers of other languages, graduated with a Master of Education specializing in education administration from the College of Education. According to the university’s website, the degree program “prepares equity-focused and transformative leaders for a variety of formal and informal leadership positions at the school level.” Howard currently holds a master’s in special education and a bachelor’s in secondary education and social studies from Kansas State University. She joined the S.C. Public Charter School District in 2018.

Campbell Mims, communications and policy intern, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications in public relations from the College of Information and Communications. During his time at the University of South Carolina, Mims was involved in numerous student organizations, completed multiple work experiences in government and education and received the President’s Award, given to the university’s most exceptional graduating seniors. He joined the S.C. Public Charter School District in 2020.

Laura Simmons, director of special education and career and technology education, graduated with a doctorate in students with disabilities and transition during a doctoral hooding ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Koger Center in Columbia, S.C. Simmons was one of 12 professionals from across South Carolina selected to complete this specialized program. Simmons earned an educational specialist degree in school leadership and administration in the fall of 2019 and added a certification as a qualified superintendent to her professional portfolio. She joined the S.C. Public Charter School District in 2017.

“At the district, we are committed to the educational and professional development of our team members to be better equipped to serve the families of South Carolina,” said Chris Neeley, superintendent of the S.C. Public Charter School District. “This accelerates our mission to create and grow great schools in terms of capacity and branding.”