District Leads work monthly to shape the direction of the Low Country Education Consortium and serve as the main liaisons between the Consortium & district staff.
Berkeley County School District
Anthony Dixon, Chief Academics & Innovation Officer
Dr. Anthony S. Dixon is the Chief Academic and Innovation Officer for Berkeley County School District and has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020. He previously served as an elementary, middle, and high school administrator in both Berkeley and Charleston County School Districts. Dr. Dixon earned his Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees from South Carolina State University, principal certification from The Citadel, Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from The University of Charleston, and a B.S. from College of Charleston.
Charleston County School District
Buffy Roberts, Executive Director for Assessment & Evaluation
Buffy Roberts is a credentialed Transformational Leader with over twenty-five years of experience spanning across K-12 instructional services, assessment, evaluation, and accountability including classroom instructor, school leadership, and district leadership within the Learning Services Division of two of the largest South Carolina school districts. Buffy brings diverse experience across all levels of school system leadership to her work.
As Executive Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability, she currently leads work in assessment, program evaluation, federal and state accountability, related curriculum and instruction areas, and college and career readiness initiatives at the school and district level.
Ms. Roberts has also coordinated and facilitated work within gifted and talented programming, AdvancEd Accreditation, personalized learning, full-time and supplemental virtual school and program school options, including those within her role as district director of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). She also works with school and district leaders on special projects related to closing opportunity gaps for students across a diverse system and increasing college and career readiness.
Buffy is active in organizations at the state and national level as well, such as memberships within the College Board Academic Assembly and ACT Council. Mrs. Roberts currently holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Science in Educational Leadership, National Board Certification, Read2Succeed Literacy Endorsement, Advanced Placement Certification, Gifted and Talented Endorsement and Transformational Leader Endorsement.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and being on the waterways of South Carolina’s Low Country with her husband Ryan and daughter Madison in their family’s boat.
Emilie Woody, Executive Director Curriculum & Instruction
As the daughter of an Army officer, Emilie Woody moved 17 times during her childhood. Through the multiple moves, she found sanctuary in the summer programs at the library and any sports team she could join–thus the genesis for her lifelong love of the library and sports. Emilie attended Furman University on a softball/academic scholarship and graduated with a BA in History/Education, and later a MA in Reading Education. She began teaching Social Studies classes directly after graduation 30 years ago and taught in Greenville (SC), Richmond (VA), and Charlotte (NC) before joining the faculty of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC in 2002. In 2006, Emilie earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and began her career as a Library Media Specialist/Teacher Librarian and found her true passion as an educator–expanding opportunities and access for more students!
In October 2014, Emilie received the honor of being named Wando High School’s Teacher of the Year and then Charleston County School District’s Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. This honor led her to the opportunity to join the CCSD District Staff, first as the Professional Development Coordinator and currently as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction where she leads an incredible team of District Instructional Specialists/Curriculum Coordinators, Interventionists, School Psychologists, and the Professional Development Coordinator.
Emilie is the proud mother of three children, one of whom is a teacher, and the spouse of an educator, so school/education is an integral part of her family’s life, along with being ardent fans of the Clemson Tigers! Outside of work, Emilie gets on her bicycle as much as possible, but she says not nearly enough and tries to spend as much time as possible near, on, or in water.
Colleton County School District
Jessica Williams, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Jessica F. Williams, a native of Colleton County has served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction since July, 2018. Prior to this position, she served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Elementary Education for the Colleton County School District. In her 34 years of service to the district, she has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. During her tenure as Principal of Hendersonville Elementary School, the school achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and was also recognized by the South Carolina State Department of Education as a RedCarpet School. Mrs. Williams worked tirelessly to build positive school-community relationships as well as provide a positive school environment conducive to improved student outcomes; academically and behaviorally. Mrs. Williams has co-written grants to enhance STEM experiences for elementary students in the district through the First Lego League Robotics Program. Additionally, under her leadership, the district was awarded grants to enhance summer literacy programs.
Mrs. Williams received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Winthrop University in 1985. She taught elementary music for 19 years at Forest Hills Elementary School. She later attended The Citadel, receiving a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She is currently working towards a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Walden University. During her career as a music teacher, she was named Teacher of the Year for her dedication to the profession and her passion for excellence.
Mrs. Williams serves on the Colleton County First Steps Board, The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a member of the National Education Association as well as the South Carolina Education Association. She is an active member of Xi Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated where she serves as Parliamentarian. She is a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she has been a member since childhood and serves as Minister of Music for the Aimwell Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Williams is married to Minister Tony Williams. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Her mother, Redell Fields is a retired educator who served in many capacities to include a former member of the Colleton County School Board of Trustees. She has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She loves the Lord and loves to Praise Him! Her favorite scripture is Ecclesiastes 12:13-“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
Dorchester District 2
Julie Kornahrens, Assistant Superinendent
Julie Anne Kornahrens is in her 36th year in the education field and currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Dorchester School District Two where she supervises both instructional and operational departments. Ms. Kornahrens began her educational profession as a classroom teacher in a self-contained learning disabilities class and then taught 4th & 5th grades before moving to Dorchester 2.
In Dorchester 2, she has experience in coordinating, planning, and implementing staff development training programs for the district’s classified employees. She has also worked in the areas of alternative education at the middle and high school levels and served as the principal of our Alternative School Program. In 2001, she was named the Director of Adult Education where she remained until being named Assistant Superintendent in 2016.
She also has experience planning, developing, and teaching graduate-level courses for the College of Charleston and the State Department of Education. Julie Anne Kornahrens has been honored with the following professional recognitions: Twice recognized as the SC Adult Education Director of the Year first in 2007 and again in 2016, Inducted into the SC Adult Education Hall of Fame (2007), the Wil Lou Gray Award for Outstanding Administrator in the field of Adult or Alternative Education (2005), and SC Adult Education Rookie Director of the Year (2002).
In addition to annually being recognized as a SC Palmetto Achiever, an award presented to programs that met or exceed state performance standards in all twelve federally mandated categories, and as a Palmetto Trend-Setter for having the highest GED pass rate in SC, her local program has also been honored on numerous other occasions including receiving the United States Secretary of Education’s Award for Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Programs (1999), one of only 10 programs nationwide to receive this award.
Dorchester District 4
Shelissa Bowman, Director for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction
Shelissa Bowman has 24 years of experience in education, all in Dorchester District Four. She received her B.S. from the College of Charleston, and two M.Ed.s from Charleston Southern University, one in Elementary Education (1998) and one in Elementary Administration and Supervision (2009). She has served as a classroom teacher, TAP Master Teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and currently is the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. She supports three elementary schools on their journey towards continuous improvement. Her foremost goal is to increase student achievement using targeted coaching strategies to support exemplary leaders and instructional coaches. She also represents our district by serving on many local and state level associations, committees, councils and boards.
She and her husband have been married for twenty-six years. They have two sons, one in college and one in high school. Family is very important to Shelissa, and she loves spending time with them. Shelissa is a person of strong faith which plays an important part in her life. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking as her favorite hobbies.
Monica Tudder, Director of Programs for Exceptional Children
Monica Tudder graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Social Work from Florida State University and then enrolled in The Citadel where she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and an Ed.S. in School Psychology. She has also earned a Master’s in Secondary School Administration and Leadership from the University of South Carolina and is currently working on her dissertation to complete her Ph.D. in Special Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Monica worked as a School Psychologist I in Clarendon 3 and at MUSC in Developmental Pediatrics. She then served Dorchester District 4 as a School Psychologist II and became the Director of Exceptional Children in Dorchester District 4 in 2004, which is the position she currently holds.
In DD4, Monica chairs the COVID Response Team. She coordinates the LowCountry Special Education Consortium and mentors new special education directors. She also previously served as President of the SC Chapter of CASE.
Monica is passionate about equity for all students and about increasing postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities through innovative programs, family involvement, and access to high-quality instructional programming.