Dr. Brennan Davis

Meet SCATE's President

Dr. Davis joined Columbia College as an Assistant Professor of Education in 2018. After graduating with a BA in English from the College of Charleston and an MAT in English from the University of South Carolina, she taught high school English in Columbia, SC for 13 years. While teaching, Dr. Davis pursued a PhD in Language and Literacy at USC-Columbia, which she completed in 2017.  Since joining Columbia College, Dr. Davis has taught literacy, writing, and English education courses, and she continues to pursue research in two primary areas: effective professional development tools and processes for addressing issues of diversity in schools, particularly with veteran teachers, and innovative support systems for pre-service and beginning teachers.

Dr. Friggita Johnson

Meet SCATE's President-Elect 

Dr. Friggita Johnson currently serves as Assistant Professor of Education at Claflin University with a research emphasis on mathematics interventions, technology-based interventions, and teacher education. Her teaching philosophy focuses on personal interaction with students, teaching to engage diversity, and connecting research to practice. Dr. Johnson teaches early intervention, special education, early childhood, and honors thesis seminar courses and has worked closely with teacher candidates mentoring and supervising them in clinical settings. She is a South Carolina Evaluator certified by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Johnson holds her South Carolina Teaching Licensure in learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, elementary education, and gifted and talented endorsement. She taught students with special needs for ten years in a K-12 public setting before earning her PhD in Special Education from Clemson University. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and Special Education and postgraduate degrees in Public Relations and Human Resource Management. 

Dr. Suzanne Horn

Meet SCATE's Past President

Dr. Suzanne Horn graduated from UNCG with degrees of Undergraduate Degree in English, Master’s Degree in Reading, and PhD. In Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently an Associate Professor of Education at Coastal Carolina University. Her teaching focus is literacy and English methods as well as curriculum and diversity. Her research is focused on the same areas.

Dr. Judy Beck

Meet SCATE's Treasurer

Dr. Judy Beck is Dean of the School of Education at UofSC Aiken. She currently serves as the treasurer of the South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators SCATE and is a past president and former Executive Director. Additionally, she is a past President of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). Her current interests revolve around advocacy and DEI in teacher education. Prior to earning her Ph.D. at the University of Toledo, she taught science to middle school students in Ohio and assisted adults with attaining their GED.

Dr. Sinéad Brien

Meet our 4-year Public Institution Representative

Dr. Sinéad Brien is an assistant professor of middle level/secondary science education at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from the Michigan State University. Prior to earing her PhD, Dr. Brien taught high school science in California and Mozambique.  

Meet our 4-year Private Institution Representative

Nominations are Open 

Becky Hubbard

Meet our 2-year Institution Representative

Becky Hubbard, is a native of Conway, SC, where she lives with her husband, Shane. They have two adult children. Becky earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Coastal Carolina University. She began her career as a public-school teacher and taught high school English for twelve years before becoming a Teacher Specialist for the SC Department of Education. Currently, she is the Department Chair of Teacher Education at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, where she has worked for over 18 years.

During her tenure at HGTC, Hubbard has held the positions of Professor of English, Professor of Education, Director of Dual Enrollment, and Assistant Department Chair of Education. For the past six years, Hubbard has served as Department Chair of the Teacher Education Department, which includes Early Care and Education.

Listed below are the officers and committee chairs for the SCATE organization. If you are interested in serving in the organization please contact us by e-mail. southcarolinaate1@gmail.com.

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