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SCECA Executive Board


Fedrick Cohens


Fedrick is the Executive Director of the Georgetown County School District. He holds an EdS Degree in Elementary Education.

"I want all children to have every opportunity to be successful. This means that our early learning programs, practices, and policies must afford them with experiences that will prepare them to be ready for school and life."


Jim Lane


Jim holds a PhD  Degree in Elementary Education and is a Professor of Education at Columbia College. He is also 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."

Katie Nichols

Katie Nichols

Vice President

Katie holds a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Presently, she is the Program Coordinator for Newberry County First Steps.

“Education is a process that involves many different elements working together for one common goal.  My hope is that every child will become confident, effective, imaginative, and life-long learners. I have a passion for supporting the success of children and their families, as well as a true desire to advocate for those who do not have a voice. “

Kristine Jenkins

Kristine Jenkins

Past President

Kristine has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is the Lead Regional 4K Coordinator for South Carolina Office of First Steps for 4K.  

"My passion is striving to provide high quality early childhood learning experiences that can provide a positive impact on the practice of teachers, administrators and advocates in the field."

Angie Scott

Angie Scott


Angie holds an Ed.D. Degree in Educational Leadership and is an Assistant Principal at Cross Elementary School in the Berkeley County School District.

“My goal is to maintain a persistently purposeful learning place of high quality educators who maximize student success through supportive practices, and a positive, respectful school environment to include fostering community connections.”

Brandy Wix

Brandy Wix

Interim Treasurer

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 Newberry Elementary School in Newberry 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."

Sherry King

Sherry King

First Year

Sherry Ly Ching Chen King holds a master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy/Music from the University of South Carolina. Currently she serves as quality coach for Spartanburg, Laurens, Union and Cherokee counties of the South Carolina Resource and Referral Network. She has been working in the Early Childhood field over 30 years as teacher, mentor, trainer and director.

“My passion is to work with teachers and administrators to provide a quality learning environment that supports each child’s learning and development which lays the foundation for becoming a life-long learner.” 

Shayla Pettigrew

Shayla Pettigrew

Second Year

Shayla Pettigrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. She is currently a 4K Regional Coordinator for South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness. Shayla has prior experience as a Montessori Center Manager in the Public Sector and a Head Start Lead Teacher.

“The joy of being in Early Childhood Education is getting to explore the world, over and over, for the first time”


Deni Titcomb

SECA representative

Deni holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a first grade teacher at Meadow Glen Elementary School in Lexington District One.

"My goal each year in my class is to create an environment where children can blossom socially, emotionally and academically."

Dona Pitts

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"

Judy Whitesell - SCECA Board of Directors

Judy Whitesell

Meeting Planner

Judy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is an interventionist at Gilbert Elementary School in Lexington District One.

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


Becky Wardlaw

Executive Director

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.

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