ABC Leadership

Director

Christine Fisher

(803) 323-2451
fisherc@winthrop.edu

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Field Services Specialist

Kim Wilson

(803) 323-2451
wilsonki@winthrop.edu

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Business Operations Manager

Cheryl Taylor

(803) 323-2451
taylorc@winthrop.edu

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Director

Christine Fisher

Christine Fisher received her undergraduate degree from UNC - Pembroke and later earned her masters from the University of South Carolina in music education. She has been a member of the Florence Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years. She taught chorus, guitar and musical production at Dillon High School and then elementary general music, beginning band and middle school band in Florence School District One through 2001. She was twice selected as a School and District Teacher of the Year, and twice selected as one of the five SC honor roll teachers. Selected as the South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 1998, she is the only music teacher to hold the honor in the program's 51-year history. She was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award in 2006, South Carolina’s highest arts award, and the Winthrop University Medal of Arts in 2012.

Christine has been the Director of the ABC Project since 2001 and works with schools and districts across the state to maintain and expand arts opportunities for all students. She designed and coordinates a series of professional institutes for arts teachers, developed arts integration tools and works with the 67 schools and districts who receive grant funding from the SC Arts Commission to provide comprehensive arts programs. She created and manages the SC Council of Arts Education Presidents (CAEP) which meets to work on initiatives as recruitment and retention of arts teachers, arts education advocacy strategies and a unified position paper on arts education entitled, “Where We Stand on Arts Education.” She also established the SC Peer to Peer Principals Network which brings together administrators four times a year to address important issues dealing with the arts and arts integration at their schools.

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Field Services Specialist

Kim Wilson

Kim, an alumna of Winthrop University, returns after a twenty five year departure to devote her passion for arts education to the children of her home state. Her experience in arts education began in community education teaching adult and children’s classes at Shelburne Craft School, University of Vermont, and Very Special Arts VT. Afterwards, she served as Director of Education at Pewabic Pottery, a historic Arts and Crafts era production pottery, in Detroit, MI, and Executive Director for Sawtooth School for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

Over the last ten years, Kim has focused on public arts education. After only teaching four years, Kim was recognized as the 2012 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Since that time she has transitioned into empowering all educators with creativity-fostering teaching practices, including arts-integration strategies through her work with Arkansas A+ Schools. Kim is currently a doctoral candidate, pursuing an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.

In her new role as ABC Project Field Service Specialist, Kim is eager to utilize all of her passion, belief, and experiences in art education to ensure all children in South Carolina have access to quality, sequential fine arts education.

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Business Operations Manager

Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl is originally from Charleston, WV. She moved to Rock Hill, SC in June 1998 and began working with the ABC Project in August of that same year. She and her husband have been married for 34 years and have two grown married sons. She is very active in her church and in Bible Study Fellowship where she serves as the Substitute Teaching Leader of the Rock Hill Evening Women’s Class. Cheryl enjoys reading, camping and hiking. She also loves using and educating others on the benefits of Young Living essential oils. Cheryl stays quite busy in the ABC Project office managing the day-to-day business operations.

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Coordinating Committee

Ken May
SC Arts Commission

Ashley Kerns Brown
SC Arts Commission

Sara June Goldstein
SC Arts Commission

Julie Fowler
SC State Department of Education

Latoya Dixon
SC State Department of Education

Carrie Ann Power
SC State Department of Education

Jeff Bellantoni
Winthrop University

Christine Fisher
ABC Project

 

Steering Committee

Julie Allen
SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities

Jo Ann Anderson
Anderson Research Group

Lawrence P. Anderson
Francis Marion University

Charles Atkins III
SC Theatre Association

Carol Baker
SC Governor’s School for Arts & Humanities

Frank Baker
Media Literacy Clearinghouse, Inc.

Larry Barnfield
Arts Partners

Jeff Bellantoni
Winthrop University

Ashley Kerns Brown
SC Arts Commission

Dean Byrd
SCETV

Toni Chewning
Palmetto State Teachers Association

Angela Corbett
Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studio

Beryl Dakers
SCETV

Latoya Dixon
SC Department of Education

Jayne Ellicott
Arts Consultant

Christine Fisher
ABC Project

Minuette Floyd
The University of South Carolina

Dr. Julie Fowler
SC State Department of Education

Sara June Goldstein
SC Arts Commission

Carolyn Govan
Art Teacher

Bernadette Hampton
SC Education Association

Tayloe Harding
The University of South Carolina

Katey Hines-McCormack
Charleston County School District

Scot Hockman
Retired

Jennifer Holliday
Williamsburg County School District

Ava Hughes
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg

Terry K. Hunter
Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studio

Anna Jacobs
Ash Enterprises

Allison Jacques
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties

Amy Joslin
Savannah River Remediation

Rainey Knight
Chair Education Oversight Committee

Ashlee Lewis
University of South Carolina

Gail Mack
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5

Ken May
SC Arts Commission

Brenda McCutchen
Dance Curriculum Designs

GP McLeer
SC Arts Alliance

Richard E. Moore
Retired

Valerie Morris
College of Charleston

Rhett Nettles
S2TEM Centers of SC

Terry Peterson
College of Charleston

Nancy Pope
Richland School District 1

Carrie Ann Power
SC Department of Education

Cindy Pridgen
Woodland Heights Elementary School

Tanya Robinson
SC Congress of Parents and Teachers

Scott Shanklin-Peterson
College of Charleston

Leo Twiggs
Claflin University

Craig Washington
Southside Middle School

Lorene Welch
SC Congress of Parents and Teachers

Eve Wohlford
Palmetto State Arts Education