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VIRTUAL ROTARY: Molly Spearman, Superintendent of Schools for the State of South Carolina
August 3, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Molly Mitchell Spearman is a teacher and politician serving as the South Carolina Superintendent of Education. She took office in 2015 and her current term is scheduled to end in 2023. She is a Republican. She grew up on her family’s farm in Saluda County, South Carolina.
Her entire career has prepared her for the role of leading the state’s public education system. Growing up on a dairy farm in the rolling hills of Saluda County and graduating from the rural Hollywood High School, she learned the importance of hard work and an appreciation of the skill set needed for a successful career.
She received a B.A. in Music Education from Lander College where she served as President of the Student Government. Her studies also included a Masters of Arts in Education Supervision from George Washington University, and an Education Specialist Degree from the University of South Carolina.
For over 18 years she served as a classroom music teacher and an assistant principal. She was elected to four terms as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives representing Saluda County and portions of Lexington County (House District 39). While there she championed education and children’s issues and was named Legislator of the Year by the American Legion and the Department of Health and Environmental Control. She served on the Agriculture, Education and Ways and Means Committees.
In 1998, she became the Deputy Superintendent of Education for the South Carolina Department of Education and worked with educators, legislators, and the business community to pass the Education and Economic Development Act, the National Board Certification for teachers, and other progressive education reforms. From 2004 – 2014, she served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, a professional organization representing over 3800 school and district leaders. Her understanding of the importance of strong school principals who support effective teachers will be a focus of her administration.
Married to Bill Spearman for over 41 years, they are the proud parents of Mitchell, Franklin (deceased) and Katie Spearman Cornwell (Lee). She is the former President of the South Carolina American Legion Auxiliary, National Chairman of Girls State Committee and Director of Girls Nation. She has participated in Palmetto Girls State since attending as a high school senior. On Sunday mornings you will find her serving as the organist at her small country church.
Her priorities as Superintendent of Education are ensuring school safety and a system of instruction that will prepare every graduate for successful life after high school. The foundation for that instruction is effective classroom teachers and principals who facilitate personalized learning for every student, every day.
Rotarians: We continue to monitor the news and guidelines on public meetings and have temporarily suspended in-person meetings. In the meantime, we’re excited to announce several ways to stay connected to our community.
VIRTUAL MONDAY MEETINGS
We are currently hosting virtual Rotary meetings. You will receive call in information in each weekly Club Announcement email on Friday mornings. Meetings will be conducted via Zoom from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Zoom allows for meetings to be held by audio (call in and listen on your phone) and by video (use your phone or computer to watch and listen)