South Carolina Early Childhood Association

SCECA Executive Board


Davida Price

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

I am the Coordinator of Youth and Family Services for School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. I am over the 4K programs in the district. I have served as the Vice President and President of District 7 in the past. I also served as the Member at Large for 2 years. I served as the Chairman of Richland County First Steps for 2 years and now serve as Past Chair.

Past President

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"


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.

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.

Vice President

Brandy Wix

Brandy is the current SCECA District 4 treasurer and the interim State Treasurer. 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."


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.”


Sonnia Rubio, 2nd Year

My name is Sonnia Rubio and I have been working in early childhood for 3 years. I am an Instructor at Bright Beginnings in Newberry County. I enjoy working with children. I am currently attending Piedmont Technical College to complete my associate degree on early childhood.

Currently,  I serve on the  Communication Commission on  the State Board of Directors.

I look forward to learning more every day and to offer the best of me.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”


Willie Johnson, 1st Year

I am Willie L. Johnson. I hail from the small town of Brunson, S.C., but now reside in Orangeburg, S.C. I’ve had the privilege to serve in education for almost four years! Currently I am a Pre-K4 Educator at Allendale-Fairfax Elementary in the Allendale County School District. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time in nature admiring its beauty, singing, and watching Lifetime.

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


Ashley Riddle

My name is Ashley Riddle and I have been working in early childhood for over 14 years. I hold an ECD credential from Tri-County Technical College and I'm the Assistant Director at Carousel of Learning in Pickens, SC. I have served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President  and President of District 5 of SCECA. I am the Parliamentarian on the Executive Board at SCECA. I enjoy being a member and representative of the SCECA organization. I look forward to taking on more responsibility as I am running for Vice President of SCECA and hope this will continue my growth in SCECA. I reside in Six Mile with my husband of 15 years, Dean, and our four children, Austin, Amber, Braxton and Sylas. In my free time you can find me soaking up the sun on Lake Keowee, cooking up a new recipe I 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.”


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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