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SCECA District Presidents

Denise Stanley-Baker

Denise Stanley-Baker

President of District 1

Denise is working on earning her Associates Degree in Early Child Care. She is the Director and owner of Ms. Niecy’s Child Care in Goose Creek.

Psalm 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Karen Vido

Karen Vido

President of District 2
Karen has a Master of Arts in Teaching and is the Early Childhood Program Director at Florence-Darlington Technical College.
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
Dee Dee Patton-District 3 president

Dequetta Patton

President of District 3

I graduated from York Tech with an early childhood education associates degree. I am currently attending Ashworth College for my bachelor's degree. I work at Love N Cherish Academy in Rock Hill.

I love working in the early childhood education field. There are challenges that an early childhood educator faces every day, but I'm willing to accept those challenges and be there for every child.

Sarah Griffin-District 4 President

Sarah Griffin

President of District 4

I have a Master’s degree is Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Reading, and Bachelor’s degree in Early childhood Education. I am a Kindergarten teacher in Newberry County.

“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of a connection and INSISTS that they become the best they can possibly be.” -Rita Pierson

Ashley Riddle

Ashley Riddle

President of District 5

Ashley holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She is currently the Co-Director at Kids Zone in Greenville.

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

Stephanie Barton

Stephanie Barton

President of District 6

Stephanie is a 4K teacher at Clearwater Elementary School in the Aiken County Public School District. 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.  

“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.”

Paula Durham-District 7 President

Paula Durham

President of District 7

Paula brings a wealth of child care experience to SCECA. She is the owner and director of Care-A-Lot Daycare Center in Sumter County and holds an AA in Early Childhood Education as well as a degree in Accounting and Computer Science. She served for over 10 years on the Sumter County First Steps Board and currently serves on the Early and Child Care Association council for Central Carolina Technical College. Her dedication to early childhood is evident with her involvement in SCAEYC, first as a member then committee chair for over 11 years in the development of its annual conventions.

“I believe it takes a village to raise a child and I am proud to be part of the village.”