Berkeley County School District – Eddie Ingram
Dr. Eddie Ingram is a 39-year veteran of public education. He was an award winning English and Latin teacher at his High School Alma Mater, Northeastern High School, where he also coached both basketball and tennis. Additionally, Eddie served in various leadership capacities. He has been a middle school assistant principal, an elementary school principal, and a high school principal at three different high schools during his career. Dr. Ingram is credited with documented improvement in student achievement and student discipline at every school where he was principal. Before becoming a superintendent, he worked at the State Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina as Section Chief for Teacher Education, and held various roles in district office leadership. Central Services positions include, but are not limited to human resources, curriculum, and athletics.
From the Superintendent’s position, Dr. Ingram wrote and received a Gates Foundation Grant, starting the successful early college program in Franklin County, North Carolina. Partnering with a major biotechnology company and county officials, he was able to secure funding for a 12-classroom structure adjacent to the technical college.
More recently, at Darlington County Schools, he and his staff worked with community members to develop a consensus on identifying skills that students need the most to succeed in the 21st century, and that work continues here in Berkeley.
Dr. Ingram is a graduate of College of the Albemarle, where he lettered in Varsity Tennis and holds his B. S. Degree in English Education from Old Dominion University. Eddie earned his doctorate at East Carolina University and also holds two masters’ degrees from that institution.
Since coming to Berkeley, Eddie has been a speaker at numerous civic clubs, formed a business cabinet, met with area clergy, and held community conversations. The message he conveys is that traditional accountability approaches (i.e. testing) are insufficient for today’s 21st century graduates. He espouses the importance of future graduates to be adaptable in a fast-changing world and that our students must be proficient in the 4 C’s—communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
He has been a keynote speaker at state and national conferences, and was the commencement speaker at Florence-Darlington Technical College. While he has spoken on many topics, Eddie has research interests in organizational culture and change orientation.
Dr. Ingram is married to retired school social worker Sue Ingram, and is the proud father of three daughters and one granddaughter.
Charleston County School District – Gerrita Postlewait
Dr. Gerrita Postlewait has served as Superintendent for Charleston County School District since July 2015. She left a position at ACT where she was working at the national level to shape the direction of assessments aligned with the Profile of a Graduate to return to the Palmetto State to serve Charleston County School District as superintendent. While she enjoyed the work she was doing, she yearned to return to the role of superintendent because of the critical importance that superintendents play in preparing our youth for their future.
Dr. Postlewait had already enjoyed a 10-year tenure as a district superintendent in South Carolina. Additionally, she has previously served as a South Carolina State Board of Education member and the chair. Prior to her work at ACT, she was the Chief Academic Officer for the Stupski Foundation, an organization that is devoted to profoundly changing educational outcomes for poor and minority children. Before relocating to South Carolina to call the Palmetto State home, she served as a district superintendent in West Virginia.
During her time in Charleston, Dr. Postlewait has relentlessly focused on an equity and excellence agenda while striving to create an organization that is a learning organization. One of her favorite inspirational quotes by South Carolina author Charles Joyner sums up her passion and commitment: “Some say there has been no progress, for they cannot see how far we have come. Some would stop their journey here because they cannot see how far we still have to go.” Gerrita Postlewait is leading Charleston County School District on in its continuous improvement journey, and she is committed to continuing this trek no matter the challenges to ensure improved student outcomes in Charleston County.
Dorchester School District 2 – Joe Pye
Joseph R. Pye was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He is finishing his 48th year in education; forty-six of those years he has served in Dorchester School District Two as a teacher, principal, Personnel
Director and for the past twenty years as the District’s Superintendent.
While serving as Superintendent, the Dorchester Two has experienced phenomenal growth and now serves over 26,000 students. Despite dealing with the challenges of continued growth, coupled with funding challenges, the District continues to maintain its high academic achievement and top ranking in the State under Mr. Pye’s leadership and direction. Flowertown Elementary School became the first school in Dorchester School District Two to be recognized as a Palmetto’s Finest School during Mr. Pye’s tenure as its Principal.
While serving as Superintendent, the Dorchester Two has experienced phenomenal growth and now serves over 26,000 students. Despite dealing with the challenges of continued growth, coupled with funding
challenges, the District continues to maintain its high academic achievement and top ranking in the State under Mr. Pye’s leadership and direction. Flowertown Elementary School became the first school in Dorchester School District Two to be recognized as a Palmetto’s Finest School during Mr. Pye’s tenure as its Principal. There are now twelve schools in the District which hold that distinctive honor.
Mr. Pye has received numerous honors and awards throughout his storied career. The Citadel School of Education inducted him into the Wall of Fame as a champion of education in 2013. The South Carolina Association of School Administrators named Mr. Pye the South Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 2012.The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees recognized Mr. Pye’s service to education and named Joseph R. Pye Elementary School in his honor in 2011. Charleston Southern University bestowed upon him an honorary Doctor of Education degree in 2001.
He currently serves as a member of Engaging Creative Minds’ Board, the Citadel Zucker Family School of Education Development Advisory Board, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Executive Leadership Council. Mr. Pye has also served as Chairman of the United Way Educator Committee and as a member of both the Board of Directors of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce and the
Board of Directors for Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union. An avid supporter of parent involvement, Mr. Pye served as the second Vice President of the South Carolina PTA and was named SC PTA Principal of the
Year while at Flowertown Elementary School. He continues his true passion for children and the education profession by teaching Sunday school at Summerville Baptist Church.
Dorchester School District Four – Morris Ravenell
Dr. Ravenell attended Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.
Dr. Morris Ravenell currently serves as superintendent of Dorchester School District Four (DD4) located in St. George, South Carolina.
After teaching mathematics for a year at Roberts High School in Holly Hill, he left the education profession to work in business and industry and was employed for 12 years at E.I. Dupont; however, his passion for teaching and students called him back to the education profession to serve in a variety of roles.
After returning to education he taught mathematics at both the middle and high school levels, and furthered his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and an Education Specialist and Doctorate in Educational Administration. Having served in administrative roles in both Berkley and Dorchester counties, he rose to the position of Dorchester District Four Superintendent.
During his tenure as Superintendent of Dorchester District Four he has witnessed much improvement at all levels of the organization. Dr. Ravenell is quick to give credit for his district’s success to the teachers, staff, and community partners and cites their dedication and devotion to the students as a crucial component of the progress that has been made. Dr. Ravenell encourages active participation of community’s stakeholders in the educational processes of the students of Dorchester District 4.