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South Carolina: Lowcountry

Together with corps members, alumni, and our community, we work collectively to realize the day when every child in the Lowcountry has an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility.
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About Us

While South Carolina is rich in culture, history, and community, educational opportunity is not spread equally here. In South Carolina’s Lowcountry, small, rural, and under-resourced schools struggle to fill their classrooms with teachers, contributing to inequitable outcomes between urban and rural students and between white students and students of color. 

Since our inception in 2011, we have worked to recruit, develop, and retain high-quality teachers who transform student outcomes in South Carolina’s most under-resourced schools. Our movement has grown from placing our first corps of 31 teachers in the Pee Dee to developing 800+ teachers across the state since 2011.  Together, our corps members and alumni form a network of classroom teachers, coaches, mentors, school leaders, elected officials, and policy makers, all working to build better futures for South Carolina’s students at every level of the education system.

Today, we’re expanding our approach from placing teachers in hard-to-staff schools to also developing and retaining outstanding educators beyond the corps: the SC Impact Fellowship supports our alumni to build fulfilling, life-long careers in SC education leadership. Our New Teacher Academy provides our targeted development and training to all new teachers in Colleton County and Jasper County School Districts. And our Accelerator Academy enables more homegrown leaders to find their path to the South Carolina corps and create rewarding careers in the classroom. 

Together, we are building a Lowcountry where every childno matter their race or zip codehas an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility. 

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Living Here

Living Here

Anchored by Charleston to the North and Savannah to the South, the Lowcountry is home to salty beaches, winding coastal waterways, and Spanish-moss covered towns and cities. The Gullah/Geechee culture is strong here, as are opportunities to explore historical sites and experience many of the South’s top destinations. 

The Lowcountry is commutable between placement areas: As a corps member, you may choose to live in the greater Charleston area, where you’ll have access to top restaurants, museums, and beaches. You might spend your downtime joining social or sports clubs, partaking in outdoor activities on the salt marshes, or exploring the vibrant city of Charleston, rated Travel & Leisure’s Top City in the U.S. for 11 years in a row. Or you may choose to live in Walterboro, Jasper, or coastal Beaufort, where you have access to charming historic towns, endless outdoor activities, and the opportunity to build deep and life-long connections to your community. You might even have the opportunity to star as a movie extrafilms like The Notebook and Forrest Gump were filmed here! 

No matter where in the Lowcountry you choose to live, you will be part of a thriving corps community committed to ensuring that each and every one of our students has access to an excellent education. And you will join a network of teachers, school leaders, and families who work tirelessly to create a community where every child can reach their potential and achieve their dreams, no matter their race or zip code.

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Our Programs

Our programming is designed to support you through every stage of your leadership journey - from early exploration into the possibilities of a career in education to targeted development for roles in educational leadership and beyond. 

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“[TFA South Carolina’s] ongoing support helped me to achieve the best results in my classroom, and their resources proved to be effective every single time.”

Deion Jamison

2023 South Carolina Teacher of the Year

South Carolina Corps Member 2017

Local Leadership

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Courtney Waters

Executive Director

Teach For America South Carolina

Courtney has been with Teach For America South Carolina since 2018, leading alumni strategy and programs, external partnerships, thought leadership, fund development and the region’s state funding strategy. She most appreciates that TFA has provided an opportunity to work with state leaders and observe how South Carolina’s education system functions. She believes TFA is uniquely positioned to see the entire field, from policy to the practice of teaching, and align itself to provide innovative, community rooted support to districts across the state. Before joining this team, Courtney worked as a high school ELA teacher and in the supply chain management field in business development. She received a M.A. International Studies from Rhodes College and an M.A. Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Mississippi. She is a member  of the Charleston County School District’s Board of Trustees. 

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