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SCECA Commission Chairs


Sandra Hackley


Sandra holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the Department Chair of the School of Business & Public Service at Midlands Technical College.
"My passion is to provide a unified voice in SC to benefit children and families in Early Childhood Education settings."


Jim Lane


Jim is also the SCECA Vice President. He holds a PhD Degree in Elementary Education and is a  Professor of Education at Columbia College. He is the Student Advisor of the Columbia College SCECA Student Group.
"My goal is to ensure that each school-aged child has a quality early childhood program that meets his/her individual needs and that also works to educate the family on important issues in early childhood education."

Dona Pitts - SCECA Commission Chair

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"