South Carolina Early Childhood Association

SCECA Commission Chairs


Shequita Phillips

Shequita is from Summerville, SC. She is married, and has two children. She holds an associate degree in early childhood education from Trident Technical College, and has worked in a child care center for over 5 years. She currently works as an elementary school resource assistant.

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out". - Dr. Seuss


Brandy Wix

Brandy is the current SCECA Vice President and the 2025 Conference Chair. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and is certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Laurens Elementary School in Laurens County.

"Every day is a new learning experience for children. Help them embrace their learning by leading and showing them how to utilize all the information they have learned into everyday life skills and practices."


Dr. Mary Williams

Dr. Mary Williams is a native of Orangeburg, SC. She is currently employed in Orangeburg County School District as a Literacy Coach. Dr. Williams has 20 years in the education profession. She is a mother to two beautiful daughters and the NeeNee to one amazing granddaughter. Life has taught Mary that “A dream deferred isn’t a dream denied.”

Mary’s favorite mottoes are: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra.” and “With God ALL Things Are Possible.”


Dr. Kit Saizdel-LaMora

Dr. Saizdel-LaMora has been an educator for over 35 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Teacher Development from Montclair State University. Her professional background includes early childhood special education classroom teacher, parent educator, provider of professional development to the early care and education workforce, and instructor in higher education at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is currently Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education for the School of Education at Francis Marion University.

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” Fred Rogers

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Dona Pitts

Dona has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is a Pre-K teacher in the Newberry County Schools.

"My favorite quote is 'Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.' Fred Rogers"


Fedrick Cohens

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