Jennifer Ainsworth - December 2014

December 3, 2014

This episode features an interview with Jennifer Ainsworth, the 2015 SC Teacher of the Year.


Jenna Hallman - October 2014

October 8, 2014

On this episode, Jenna Hallman talks about the SC Teaching Fellows application process.


SC Honor Roll Teachers & Darleen Sutton - CenterPoint - May 2014

April 30, 2014

On this episode, we interviewed the five finalists for SC Teacher of the Year and Darleen Sutton at the SC Teacher of the Year Banquet.


Darleen Sutton - April 2014

April 30, 2014

Darleen Sutton's closing remarks from the 2014 South Carolina Teacher Forum Conference.


Jeff Charbonneau Speech - CenterPoint - Mar/Apr 2014

March 12, 2014

This episode features a speech by National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau at the 2014 SC Teacher Forum Conference.


Libby Ortmann - 2014

December 19, 2013

Libby is an Instructional Coach at Hillcrest Middle School in the Sumter School District. She was a SC Honor Roll Teacher, Past President of Palmetto State Teachers Association, and a member of CERRA’s Board of Directors. She is also one of the first teachers in South Carolina to receive National Board Certification. She joins the program to talk about CERRA, National Board Certification and Teacher Advocacy.


Trip DuBard - CenterPoint 2013

November 27, 2013

Trip Dubard is the Executive Director of South Carolina Future Minds, a non-profit that works to connect private support for public education. In this interview, we talk about the work this organization does and the important role private entities play in supporting public schools.


Darleen Sutton - CenterPoint - 2013

October 28, 2013

Darleen Sutton is South Carolina's 2014 Teacher of the Year. In this episode of CenterPoint, we talk about her journey as our state's education ambassador.


Connie Huddle - ProTeam

September 18, 2013

In this episode of CenterPoint, Connie Huddle, Principal of Ocean Bay Middle School in Horry County, discuss the implementation of ProTeam at her school.


CenterPoint - Jeff Charbonneau

August 8, 2013

Jeff Charbonneau is the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. In this episode of CenterPoint, Jeff talks about being the National Teacher of the Year and shares his thoughts on the education profession.


2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Banquet

May 9, 2013

On Wednesday, May 1st, the state of South Carolina officially announced its 2014 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Darleen Sutton, from Pickens County, was chosen and will serve a one-year residency at CERRA. We caught up with several people including Trip DuBard from SC Future Minds, Senator Vincent Sheheen, 2012 SC TOY Patti Tate, 2013 SC TOY Amy McAllister, and all five finalists.


Teaching Fellows Hill Day - Spring 2013

April 24, 2013

On Thursday, April 18th, Teaching Fellows from across the state visited the statehouse to be honored on the floor of the house and senate.


Jed Dearybury - CenterPoint - February 2013

January 30, 2013

Jed Dearybury is a second-grade teacher at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg 6. Jed is a member of the CERRA Advisory Board. He also runs marathons and inspires teachers around the state with his passion for the profession. Learn more about him in this episode.


Amy McAllister - November 2012

November 14, 2012

Amy McAllister is the 2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. She is an English Teacher at Johnsonville High School in Florence District 5. Amy, a National Board Certified Teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Francis Marion University and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Coastal Carolina University.

As the SC TOY, Amy serves a one year residency at CERRA and serves as the Chair of the State Teacher Forum. You can keep up with Amy's journey as the 2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year on her blog at


Arthur Pinckney - October 2012

September 28, 2012

Arthur Pinckney is the Program Facilitator at CERRA. In this interview, he talks about his new role at CERRA and provide insight to students and parents on financial aid.


Jim Rogers - July 2012

June 25, 2012

Jim Rogers is a nationally certified parenting and family life educator and vice-president/treasurer of still learning, inc. Jim has authored books and numerous articles on the subject of parenting. Since 1994 Jim has been writing a column, ParentsCare,  in the speciality newspaper Parent News, with a distribution of over 20,000 in a four county area.  He has discussed countless issues including corporal punishment, high energy children, discipline and punishment, family management skills and accessing community resources among the seemingly countless challenges and rewards that come with raising children in our world today.


CenterPoint - June 2012 - Dr. Sally Z. Hare

May 30, 2012

Sally Z. Hare is a teacher and a learner.

A native of Charleston, SC, and a product of South Carolina public schools from first grade through Ph.D., Sally is still learning. She likes to say she is a South Carolinian by birth and by choice. With a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina, she continues her learning in places as diverse as the Harvard Institute on School Leadership, the Noetic Sciences Healing Arts of Bali, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Contemplative Curriculum Institute at Smith College, and  Poetic Medicine with John Fox.

She has been working with the Courage to Teach, based on the philosophy of Parker J. Palmer, with teachers all over the country for the past twelve years. Sally is  a senior facilitator of the national Center for Courage and Renewal. A Kellogg National Fellowship from 1990 to 1993, Sally says, "changed my life. My learning plan allowed me to look at the concept of community across cultures. I visited Bali, Greece, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and much of the United States. I met so many important teachers in my life, from Mary Robinson, then president of Ireland, to a healer in Ubud (Bali); from Parker Palmer to Beni, a very wise three-year-old in Benin (Africa)."

Sally served as Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina University for 12 years, then was named the Singleton Endowed Professor of Teacher Education and created the Center for Education and Community. She retired in December, 2005, as distinguished professor emerita.

She was named Phenomenal Woman of South Carolina in 2003, received the 2002 Woman of Achievement Award from the South Carolina Governor’s Commission on Women, and was honored as Coastal Carolina University’s Outstanding Teacher Scholar Lecturer in 2001. Other honors include the Ambassador Award for Education from the Louis Gregory Baha'i Institute; the Creative Programming Award from the National Continuing Education Association; Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Community Leadership Association; the Martha Kime Piper Outstanding Leadership Award from SC Women in Higher Education Administration; and Outstanding Continuing Educator in South Carolina.

She has received various grants, including two totaling more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage women and girls in math and science and a grant from the Rainwater Foundation through the Center for Courage & Renewal to work with educational leaders.


CenterPoint - 2012 SC Teacher of the Year Celebration (Special Edition)

May 3, 2012

On May 1st, 2012 District Teachers of the Year came together to be honored and recognized at the 2012 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration. The event, sponsored by South Carolina Future Minds, was held at the Columbia Convention Center and The Hilton Columbia Center. Many teachers, administrators, state legislators and business representatives were on hand to show their support for public educators in South Carolina.

For this podcast, we interviewed several people in attendance including the 5 Honor Roll Teachers, former South Carolina Teachers of the Year, and a number of education partners in the state.


CenterPoint - May 2012 - Jackie Hicks (SCEA)

May 1, 2012

This month's episode of CenterPoint features an interview with Jackie Hicks who is the President of the South Carolina Education Association (SCEA).


Centerpoint - April 2012 - Evet Jefferson (NBCT)

March 31, 2012

This month's episode of CenterPoint features an interview with Evet Jefferson a special education teacher at C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, SC. Jefferson earned National Board Certification this year and was invited to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.