2015 Professional Development Scholarship Winners 

 Tyesha Deas is currently a math teacher at Lower Richland High School in Richland One, as well as the assistant girls’ tennis coach. Tyesha graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors and a M.A.T. Degree from U.S.C. She has been a member of PSTA since college! She is a former ProTeam student, Teacher Cadet, and SC Teaching Fellow. Tyesha enjoys connecting with students through the world of mathematics. When she is not challenging students’ minds with math, she enjoys reading, baking, and playing recreational tennis. She is working on a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at U.S.C. She aspires to become a math coach or curriculum coordinator in the future.

Delawese Fulton is an English teacher at Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, SC, is pursuing an Educational Specialist Degree at Converse College in Spartanburg. Each semester, Fulton drives weekly to Spartanburg for class. She is determined to improve and grow as a class- room educator and as a future administrator. She expects to complete her advanced degree in 2016. Fulton wants to eventually work in a role that allows her to positively affect education policy for students. She earned an undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1996. The former newspaper journalist turned educator lives in Columbia with her daughter. In her spare time, Fulton loves to travel and write.

 

Hunter Jolley is a Chemistry and Biological Science teacher at Boiling Springs High School in Spartanburg Two. He received his Bachelor’s from USC-Upstate. He holds a Mas- ter’s degree in Executive Leadership and is working toward a Doctorate from Gardner Webb University. In addition to being the District’s Lead Science Instructor, he serves as a board member on the S.C. Science Council, is an adjunct professor at U.S.C-Upstate, a consultant with Gardner Webb, and editor for the S.C. Smarter Balanced Digital Library. At school, he is junior class advisor and prom advisor. Jolley is the school’s Science Benchmark Curator, RTI Chairperson, Curriculum Team Chairman, and Ad- vanced Education Evaluation Team
Leader. In 2014,Mr. Jolley was District Teacher of the Year. He also was named Alumni of the Year at USC- Upstate. Mr. Jolley and his wife, Lacey Jolley, have two daughters, Kaylee and Natalie. The family lives in  Boiling Springs, SC.

 Don Kauffman is a teacher at heart. This is his19th year in education. He has had the pleasure of being involved in the instruction and/or the professional development of almost every age group in public education. He’s taught a variety of subjects as well as coordinated a Gifted Program and worked as an Instructional Coach. He currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Blue Ridge Middle School in Greenville County. He holds degrees from USC, The Citadel, Clemson, and is currently working on an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at USC. He’s also a Nationally Board Certi- fied Teacher. He is a 3-time school “Teacher of the Year” and a District “Teacher of the Year”. He is looking forward to the new challenges that await him and counts himself as blessed every time he walks through the school doors.

 

Meagan Love is a fifth grade math and science teacher at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology in Chester, South Carolina. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Winthrop University in 2011. Meagan is currently working on her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

 

Sandra Wells s a native of Bishopville, South Carolina and currently resides in Columbia. She is employed with Rich- land School District Two as a Business Education Teacher at Spring Valley High School in the Career and Technology Department. Sandra received her National Board Certification and was chosen as a Star Teacher in 2013. She is also very active at her school where she is the Advisor for the Young Investors Club, Business Advisory Committee Chair- person and serves on the Academic Leadership Team. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Morris College, awarded a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University and awarded a Master of Education degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Capella University, pur- suing a PhD in Curriculum and
Instruction. She is married to Mr. Derrick R. Wells, a native of Miami, Florida.