ABC Leadership

Director

Christine Fisher

(803) 323-2451
fisherc@winthrop.edu

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Field Services Specialist

Kathe Stanley

(803) 323-2451
stanleykr@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

Kathe Stanley

Before joining ABC in 2014 Kathe was an Art Educator in Rock Hill School District Three. She taught visual arts Northside Elementary School of the Arts and served as grant writer and manager for arts program grants. In 2002 she was awarded National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. In addition to her public school teaching, she has been an adjunct instructor of art education at Winthrop University. She served as coordinator of the Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts from 2003 to 2014. Kathe is a past president of the South Carolina Art Education Association and served on its board in several capacities. She has presented numerous workshops at both the state level and at the National Art Education Association Conference. Kathe has exhibited her mixed media artwork throughout North and South Carolina.

As Field Services Specialist Kathe works closely with the director to coordinate all ABC Project activities, including task forces, steering committee meetings, workshops, presentations and other educational events. She provides educational expertise to schools and districts to help them develop and sustain quality, comprehensive, standards-based arts education. Kathe coordinates the Arts in Education Leadership Institute, a three-hour graduate course designed to assist schools and districts in writing and/or revising strategic plans for creating and supporting standards-based arts education programs in South Carolina.

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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—around the ABC office she’s known as the resident “Lemon Dropper.” 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

Carrie Ann Power
SC State Department of Education

David Wohl
Winthrop University

Christine Fisher
ABC Project

Kathe Stanley
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

Jim Braunreuther
Charleston County School District

Ashley Kerns Brown
SC Arts Commission

Dean Byrd
SC ETV

Toni Chewning
Palmetto State Teachers Association

Angela Corbett
Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studio

Beryl Dakers
SC ETV

Jayne Ellicott
Arts Consultant

Bud Ferrillo
SC Arts Commission

Christine Fisher
ABC Project

Minuette Floyd
The University of South Carolina

Dr. Julie Fowler
SC State Department of Education

Sheila Gallagher
SC Education Association

Sara June Goldstein
SC Arts Commission

Carolyn Govan
Art Teacher

Bernadette Hampton
SC Education Association

Tayloe Harding
The University of South Carolina

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

Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby
Columbia Museum of Art

Ashlee Lewis
University of South Carolina

Gail Mack
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5

Ken May
SC Arts Commission

Brenda McCutchen
Dance Curriculum Designs

Richard E. Moore
Retired

Valerie Morris
College of Charleston

Rhett Nettles
S2TEM Centers of SC

Terry Peterson
College of Charleston

Betty Plumb
SC Arts Alliance

Nancy Pope
Richland School District 1

Carrie Ann Power
SC State Department of Education

Cindy Pridgen
Woodland Heights Elementary School

Tanya Robinson
SC Congress of Parents and Teachers

Scott Shanklin-Peterson
College of Charleston

Kathe Stanley
ABC Project

Leo Twiggs
Claflin University

Craig Washington
Southside Middle School

Lorene Welch
SC Congress of Parents and Teachers

David Wohl
Winthrop University

Eve Wohlford
SC Alliance for Arts Education