Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The Honorable Molly Spearman
State of Education Address
Molly Mitchell Spearman was elected as the 18th South Carolina State Superintendent of Education on November 4, 2014. Native to Saluda County, Mrs. Spearman’s childhood laid the foundations of family, faith, and hard work that transcended into her professional career as an educator and civil servant.
Superintendent Spearman’s career has spanned 18 years as a public school music teacher and an assistant principal. In addition to teaching and administration, she has served four terms as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, six years as Deputy Superintendent of the South Carolina Department of Education, and ten years as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She holds a B.A. Degree in music education from Lander University, a Master’s Degree in education supervision from George Washington University, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of South Carolina.
As the South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Mrs. Spearman has the experience and relationships needed to move South Carolina’s education system forward. Superintendent Spearman strongly believes the foundation for student success lies in effective classroom teachers and principals who facilitate personalized learning for every student, every day. Her vision is for every South Carolina graduate to be prepared for the next step after graduation. Superintendent Spearman is excited to keep a positive and forward-thinking approach to South Carolina education to promote better schools and brighter futures.
Dr. Adolph Brown
Born in the heart of the inner city, while spending summers in rural Virginia with his grandfather, Adolph was reared to be very hard-working and reflective. Having had a single parent mother in the housing projects, having been a Head Start student, having been the first of his family of five to graduate high school, and having had his oldest sibling and only brother murdered when he was only 11, Adolph’s life and work have been a voyage of discovery beyond anything he could imagine. Adolph is a recovering middle school special education teacher, university professor and dean, and corporate project manager. He is an educational and clinical psychologist, master teacher, humorist, author, and philanthropist. As a philanthropist, Adolph donates 1/3 of his consultation fees to support his vision of creating a million dollar scholarship endowment for hardworking young people. He has served as a legislative advocate, Virginia Head Start Association President and President of the Virginia Association of Black Psychologists. He brings his experience, focus, and sense of humor to each of his endeavors. Adolph is a man of virtue and simplicity. He is a deep thinker, an active listener, and a very engaging presenter. Adolph has a strong appreciation for the virtues of teaching, research and leadership, as he became the youngest full tenured
university professor in the United States at the age of 29 with the help of a supportive family, encouraging teachers and a supportive community. His research focuses on elements of Teaching Excellence, Servant Leadership, Classroom Management, Best Self /Positive Mindset and Customer Service. He also quite often gives talks to today's youth on yesterday's life lessons. He has a "head" for adults and a "heart" for kids as he facilitates over 100 youth focus groups a year. Many still affectionately refer to him as "the U.S. Secretary of Inspiration" following his days with "America's Promise" founded by General Colin Powell.