South Carolina Early Childhood Association

SCECA Executive Board


Dr. Angelia Scott

Dr. Angelia Scott has been an educator for over 35 years. She has been a member of SCECA for seven years and has previously served as District 1 Secretary, Vice President, and President, as well as, SCECA State Secretary., Vice President, President-elect and 2024 Conference Chair.

Presently she works in Berkeley County as an Assistant Principal and Head Start Site Supervisor. She has worked not only as a classroom teacher but also as a Title I Facilitator for the BCSD Office of Federal Programs.

She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Baruch College, M.Ed. in Early Childhood from College of Charleston, M.Ed. in Elementary School Administration from The Citadel, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Scott, also known as Angie, is an ordained Elder and an Intercessor.

Past President

Davida Caldwell Price

Davida was born and raised in Newberry, SC. She is married to Trani, with 3 children: Nicholas, Taylyn and Tristyn. She attended The University of SC where she earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an add on in ECE, a Masters, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.

She is the Coordinator of Youth and Family Services for School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, and oversees the 4K programs in the district. She has served President of District 7,  and has been a Member at Large for 2 years, Vice President, President-elect and President of SCECA.  She also served as the Chairman of Richland County First Steps for 2 years, and now serves as Past Chair.

Vice President and the 2025 Conference Chair

Brandy Wix

Brandy Wix is the 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 1st grade 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."

Vice President

Ashley Riddle

Ashley Riddle has been working in early childhood for over 14 years. She holds an ECD credential from Tri-County Technical College, and is the Assistant Director at Carousel of Learning in Pickens, SC. She has  served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, Parliamentarian and President of District 5 of SCECA. Ashley resides in Six Mile with her husband, Dean, and their four children: Austin, Amber, Braxton and Sylas. In her free time you can find her soaking up the sun on Lake Keowee, cooking up a new recipe she found online, lost in a good book, or off on an adventure.

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”


Jamila Anderson

Jamila Anderson has a BA in Child and Family Studies and M.Ed in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, as well as a MAT in Elementary Education from Liberty University! She is also a National Board Certified teacher in early childhood. Jamila is currently a prekindergarten teacher in a magnet school in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.

"I believe I have the ability to impact ALL children and families through patience, positivity, and an encouraging spirit. We all deserve a chance!"

Chief Financial Officer

Stephanie Barton

Stephanie retired from being a 4K teacher at Clearwater Elementary School in the Aiken County Public School District in June, 2023.She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Technology, a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and has completed Reading Recovery training through Clemson University. She was selected to become the Chief Financial Officer for SCECA and began her duties on September 1, 2023.

“My passion is to meet my students where they are on their unique path of learning and be an advocate for them when they don't have a voice.”


Willie Johnson, 2nd Year

Willie hails from the small town of Brunson, S.C., but now resides in Orangeburg, S.C. He has served in education for almost five years! Currently, he is a Pre-K4 Educator at Allendale-Fairfax Elementary, in the Allendale County School District. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in nature admiring its beauty, singing, and watching Lifetime TV.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)




Vaudrien Ray

Vaudrien holds an EdS Degree in School Psychology and is the owner/director of Ruby’s Academy Preschool and Child Care. Vaudrien is running for a second term as the SCECA Rep to the SECA Board.

"My goals as an early childhood advocate are to stress the importance of early childhood education, promote best practices among educators, and work closely with parents as their child's first teacher."

Meeting Planner

Judy Whitesell

Judy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is retired from teaching in Lexington District One. For the past few years, Judy has served as the Meeting planner for SCECA. Judy also serves as the President of SECA.

"My goal is to help provide the best training opportunities possible for any person working with children."

Executive Director

Becky Wardlaw

Becky holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and is certified in Secondary Social Studies and Early Childhood Education. She has retired from teaching K-1 Multiage at Gilbert Primary in Lexington One Schools. She has been the Executive Director for SCECA since 2006.

"Children are our first and best resource. We should work hard to nurture and develop that resource for a much better tomorrow."

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