SCECA District Presidents
Sandra Heyward is a mother of three children and grandmother of 18. I have a Master’s of Science degree and Master’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I have worked with regional head start for 14 years, and currently employed with East Coast Migrant Head Start Project for 12 years a total of 26 years working with head start. My role at East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is The Early Childhood Education Disabilities Specialist. I began my career journey at head start as a volunteer, then substitute, bus driver, and cook working in these various roles inspired me to do more to support young children's development. In order to move forward, I had to meet the Office of Head Start requirements which is an associate degree in order to consider the role as a teacher. I worked full time at Berkeley Dorchester Head Start and attended Trident Technical College to achieve my associates degree in Public Service minoring in Early Childhood Care. I continued my education journey receiving my bachelor’s of science at Springfield College and my Master’s of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership. I went on to achieve a Master’s in Arts in Early Childhood Education.
I serve my community as member of health ministries, class leader, Vacation Bible School Director, Board of Directors board liaison for Greater Goodwill CDC at my Greater Goodwill AME Church. I am an officer of Order of the Eastern Stars. I’m a CDA PDS Specialist, SC Endeavors certified trainer, and CPR/First Aid instructor. I am currently serving on the SCAEYC accreditation board member.
The quote which has inspired me was one my late husband, Ernest N. Heyward Sr. would say to me as he encouraged me on my career journey.
“Education is one thing no one can take away from you.” B.B. King
Ojetta “Beth” Rhue
I am Ojetta E Rhue known as Beth. I am a native of Georgetown where I attended school. I have two daughters and a pica- poo named Yeezy. I hold a BS in Early Childhood from South Carolina State University and a Masters from Capella University. Presently I am working on my EdS at Northcentral University.
My teaching tenure includes working in Georgetown, Florence, Williamsburg and Richland counties. Presently, I teach 4K CERDEP at Cross Elementary. I am a member of NAEYC, SCEA, IRA, SCECA, Georgetown Coalition of Early Learning and Foundations of School Leadership. My ambition is to support, edify, and strengthen early learning education for the 21st century. Together we can, as we “build today….tomorrows’ future.” Thank you for having me aboard!
Quote: "Where much is given, much is required"
Erica is the Owner & Director of Love N Cherish Academy in Rock Hill, SC. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences/Child Development from South Carolina State University and has over 15 years experience in Early Care and Education. Erica is elated to serve as the President of District 3 and looks forward to helping other reach their goals.
"All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them." Viola Davis
I began my career in the sales field with Proctor & Gamble. Upon becoming a mom, I left and opened my own child care center. During my 25 years as a child care owner/director, we achieved A+ status in ABC Quality and a 5 Star rating in Quality Counts. I was recognized by SCECA with the “Saundra Ground Education Award” for promoting higher education for child care providers.
In my spare time I coach varsity girls basketball at Landrum High School. My favorite activity is spending time with my grandchildren.
My favorite quote: You can’t put a limit on anything! The more you dream, the farther you get! Michael Phelps
Sue earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the Past and present President of District 5 and is the Owner and Director of Carousel of Learning in Pickens, SC.
Aramis Hillary is a small business owner and real estate investor. He owns The Hillary Group and Little Folks Daycare. He is a native South Carolinian with a background in team leadership and management. He is a former collegiate athlete at The University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina. He is one of the top independent real estate producers across the state with a diversified portfolio of commercial, residential and rehab properties.
Quote: “Learning is the most important part of our day.”
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.”