Shepherd's Promise School began as Belinda's vision, or as she would tell you, part of God's vision. As an elementary school teacher in the Greenville County School District for many years, Belinda saw first hand the effects poverty has on a child's capacity to learn. She wanted to build a school that would allow her to focus more on what each child needs to succeed, as well as allow her staff to focus on issues affecting students' families.
Belinda says "I love teaching! I love walking into my classroom in the morning to see little faces ready to talk with me. I love witnessing the feeling of accomplishment. I love watching new friendships blossom, and heroism at work in our room everyday. I love guiding little minds in the direction of achievement while boasting humility. I love knowing that no two children are alike and am thankful that God made us this way."
Belinda holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and three children, and hiking with their cuddly, chubby pitbull, Otis.
Gaie has more than 20 years of experience in elementary education, and currently works as the Instructional Coach at Brushy Creek Elementary in Taylors, SC. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Reading Literacy from Furman University. She's working towards her EdS degree from Clemson University.
Gaie said, "I wanted to serve Shepherd's Promise School because I love teaching and learning and I love shepherding people. I am excited to see these things work together in the lives of young children and their families. This is my life's work!"
Gaie is an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 28 years and their four children, as well as reading, camping at the beach, and traveling to her husband's homeland of Spain as much as she can!
Tamika is the lead staff attorney with South Carolina Legal Services, where she has worked for the past 14 years. Her previous experience includes work and internships with a Superior Court judge in Georgia, the Law Office of Stephen Henry, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Legal Affairs Office at the University of Georgia.
She is a member of the Greenville County Bar and has also served on the board of the Upstate Mediation Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia.
Tamika says, "I realize the importance of early childhood education and how it can have lasting affects into adulthood, so I'm excited to be involved with an organization that will positively contribute in that regard. I work closely with families who have experienced trauma and see the affects that trauma has on children. Early childhood education is a perfect opportunity to pour into children who are faced with financial, educational or family obstacles and may not otherwise get the support that's needed. Teachers are among the most significant supporters of the children that I serve in my current career and I believe it will be the same at Shepherd's Promise."
Tamika enjoys spending time with her blended family, which includes six children, likes to unwind by watching mindless television, traveling and reading.
Daniel has served as an elementary school teacher at Brushy Creek Elementary and East North Street Academy in Greenville. He also worked with the National Children's Defense Fund through Freedom School Partners in Charlotte, N.C.
He joins the SPS board because, "My life completely revolves around helping others. As Marian Wright Edelman put it, 'Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not just something that we do in our spare time.' I have been blessed with numerous role models in my life who have been exemplars of this for me. I have seen what genuine support can do for someone and now I wish to pass that love of others on as much as I can in everything that I do."
Daniel holds Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American Studies from Furman University. He's currently working towards a Masters of Arts in Literacy Education from Furman.
He enjoys the theatre scene in Greenville, is a lover of learning and reading, likes to relax with running or writing, and embraces what life offers me each day with the most open of arms.
Molly says, "My heart is early childhood education. I understand the critical difference that quality early childhood experiences have on the rest of a child's life. The heart of SPS is to ensure children in our community have the opportunity to receive a high quality early education that will impact the trajectory of their lives, and that is something I want to be a part in shaping."
As the SPS Board President, Molly helps oversee the strategic direction and vision for the school. She was the 2018-2019 Brushy Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year, and a top 10 finalist for the Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year. She has both public elementary and private preschool teaching experience to SPS.
Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate, and a Master's degree in Education from North Greenville University. She is currently pursuing a EdS degree in School Leadership from Furman University.
In her spare time, Molly enjoys trying out new recipes, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her two dogs, her Golden Retriever Obie and Cavalier Cooper.
Angela oversees all of the finances for Shepherd's Promise School, as well as chairs the Finance Committee. For the past 15 years, she has also worked for the Greer Development Corporation in a variety of positions, and she manages the bookkeeping for the Little Me Academy in Greer.
She is excited to bring her financial experience to Shepherd's Promise School, and watch it grow into a vital community partner.
Angela holds a Bachelor's degree from Southern Wesleyan University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three girls, ages 15 to 6, and camping with them at the beach as much as they can!
SCOTT WILLIAMS, CPA
Scott joins the Shepherd's Promise School board with an extensive finance background, including 17 years of experience in assurance and financial management. He currently works as the Chief Financial Officer for Homes of Hope in Greenville, and also also served as the Controller for the United Way of Greenville County for eight years.
He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration, and a Master's degree in Accountancy from Auburn University. He earned his Certified Public Accountant designation in 2007.
Scott volunteers extensively with his church, Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, including SPROUTS, the Frazee Center and Cub Scouts, and with Meals on Wheels of Greenville. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Greenville Class 39.
Scott said, "So much of our future successes and failures are directly impacted by our experiences during our early developmental (i.e. pre-school) years. Every child should be given as much opportunity to earn his/her own success in life as possible without being hindered by a simple lack of access from the very beginning."
In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, hiking, camping, mountain biking and drinking coffee.
Board Member, Outreach Committee Chair
Liza has worked as a public relations and marketing professional for more than 20 years, including owning her own firm, Full Circle PR. She now uses this experience to help spread the word about Shepherd's Promise School within the Greenville community.
Liza said, "Reaching children as soon as possible to address any barriers to success is so important to their overall development. I'm excited to help raise awareness for SPS, so that it can grow and positively impact the lives of families in Greenville."
Liza holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Speech & Communications from Clemson University. She enjoys practicing yoga, gardening and traveling with her husband, two boys and mini goldendoodle dog, Rosco, in their travel trailer camper.