South Carolina’s public education system is the incubator of our future–and yet, we face systemic challenges–funding inequities, teacher shortages, and outdated infrastructure, to name a few–that keep our children from achieving their potential.
But here’s the good news: we know a talented teacher can and will change the course of a child’s life. That is why we are proud to connect private resources to public schools, with the goal of investing in how our state recruits, trains, and retains public school educators.
SC Future Minds hosts South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year celebration with the SC Department of Education, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), and the state’s leading businesses who share our belief that an investment in public school educators is an investment in a more competitive and just future for our children.
SCFM has also developed and executed several programs to foster and support student excellence, including two statewide student competitions and a literacy program to prevent summer reading loss in some of the state’s most under-resourced schools. Finally, SCFM serves as a fiscal agent, much like a community foundation, for programs that support public schools across the state.
SC Future Minds envisions a public education system that equips each and every student with the tools, knowledge, and attitude for success in work or post secondary education.
SC Future Minds champions world class student achievement by supporting excellence in teaching, encouraging collaboration among public education stakeholders, and connecting private financial support to public schools. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with every school district in the state as well as many of South Carolina’s top businesses, we serve as an important vehicle for much-needed investments in the state’s teachers, schools, and students.
Nella Gray Barkley, Chair
Co-Founder, Crystal-Barkley Corp.
Chris Verenes, Treasurer
President/CEO, Security Federal Bank
The Reverand Susan Heath, Secretary
Coordinator of Bishops, Public Education Initiative
Childs & Halligan, P.A.
Dr. Steve Wilson
2017 Superintendent of the Year
Connect South Carolina
Theodore B. Dubose
Attorney, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Dr. James H. Rex
SC Superintendent of Education, 2006-2009
Assistant VP, BlueCross Blushield of South Carolina
Supply Chain/VP, Comporium
2017 Teacher of the Year
Executive Director, South Carolina School Boards Association