The purpose of this panel is to highlight the experiences of school district teams that have participated in the Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Academy. Panelists will discuss how participating in the SEIT Academy has impacted their school district’s special education service delivery model and their commitment to early childhood inclusion. Through engaging discussions, the panelists will describe their school district’s motivation for participating in the SEIT Academy, highlight the benefits of the SEIT Academy, and share how the SEIT Academy supported their use of cross-sector collaborative partnerships within their communities to support preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
About the Presenters:
Charlotte Anthony is the early childhood special education itinerant teacher for Greenwood School District Fifty in Greenwood, SC. She partners with local outside agencies, such as child care and Head Start programs, to meet the needs of young children in their centers that have special needs. Charlotte’s job includes training, modeling, and executing research-based practices that lead to successful early intervention for students. She has been teaching special education for 23 years. Charlotte has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
Lucie Bingham works in Spartanburg District 5 as a preschool special education teacher. She works part of the week as an Itinerant special education teacher and the other part on the Baby Net and Child Find team. Lucie serves on the District Preschool Inclusion Team, which works to move the District to more inclusive programs for preschool children. She was part of a district team that attended the Special Education Itinerant Teacher Academy (SEIT) in summer 2021. Through her experience in four diverse districts in South Carolina, Lucie has acquired a commitment to helping teachers understand how to serve students based on their needs rather than “fitting” students into established programs. She has a Master’s in Special Education and is a certified teacher in the areas of Early-Childhood and Early-Childhood Special Education. Lucie has over 19 years’ experience in public school preschool, with 14 of those years in special education programs.
Felicia Madden is the Coordinator of Special Services for Early Childhood and Elementary programs in Lexington School District 2. Prior to this position, she was a Kindergarten Developmental Delay teacher and an Instructional Facilitator. Felica also served as the Director of our district’s ESY program for many years. Felicia is dual-certified in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University, a Master’s in Education from Columbia College, and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Nicole Randall is the Project Manager for the SEIT Academy, the South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative, and Pyramid PIECES-Child Care. Previously, she worked as an Education Specialist and Behavior Specialist at a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in North Carolina, assisting early childhood professionals with promoting the social-emotional development of young children. Over the past several years, Nicole has gained extensive experience in the human services and early childhood education field. Her roles have included being a Preschool Teacher, Job Coach, Inpatient Discharge Planner, Adjunct Instructor, and Early Learning Coach. She holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Florida State University and she completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina.
Brooke Rockey currently works for Fort Mill Schools, as the preschool itinerant teacher for the district. She has been with Fort Mill Schools for four years, and helped start up the itinerant services for the district. Brooke enjoys itinerant teaching and being able to work with a variety of preschool settings throughout the district. She loves working with preschool age students, especially supporting their social emotional development. Prior to working with Fort Mill Schools, Brooke taught in Union County, NC for 15 years both as a classroom teacher for children with special needs and as an itinerant teacher.