SCCTM 2018 Officer Candidates

The individuals listed below are running for positions on the SCCTM board. Your online ballot is accessible here:

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(3 year term)

Dr. Ryan Higgins

Associate Professor, Wiggins School of Education, Coker College


Dr. Ryan Higgins is currently an Associate Professor of education in the Wiggins School of Education at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. She has been at Coker since 2013 teaching mathematics methods courses, science methods courses, and mathematics for elementary teachers. Ryan has been a member of SCCTM since 2013 upon moving to South Carolina after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Louisville and a member of NCTM since 2010. She has delivered multiple presentations during both NCTM and SCCTM Annual Conferences. For the past two years, Ryan has served on the SCCTM executive board as the NCTM Representative. Since holding the office, Ryan has taken initiative in: (1) supporting consistent representation of SCCTM during the NCTM Affiliate Leadership Conference; (2) speaking on behalf of the southern states at the NCTM Delegates Meeting at each Annual Conference; (3) initiating new SCCTM virtual professional development to be introduced at the SCCTM 2018 Annual Conference; and, (4) applying for a NCTM MET grant on behalf of SCCTM to support teacher professional development across the state. As president-elect, Ryan hopes to continue and improve upon the work she has already begun, increase the visibility and relationships of SCCTM amongst all educational institutions, advocate on behalf of SCCTM to make connections with partner professional state organizations, and to convey the many reasons for becoming a member of this amazing organization and team of leaders. Ryan is an avid supporter of the organization and of championing all teachers and learners as mathematicians.

VP Elementary

(2 year term)

Donald Sarazen

White Knoll Elementary School, Lexington School District 1

2012 PAEMST Award  Winner K-6 Mathematics


Don Sarazen teaches fifth grade math and science at White Knoll Elementary School in Lexington County School District One. He graduated with a BA in Sociology in 1982 from the State University of New York at Fredonia and with an MAT from Columbia International University in 1992. Don has been an elementary teacher in South Carolina for 24 years and for two years at an international school in China. Don was the 2012 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for South Carolina. His article, “Fractions: Thinking Beyond the Lines” appeared in the October 2012 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics (NCTM). He also has recently reviewed two books for Solution Tree Press, “Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Grades 3-5” and “Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching the Small Group.” Don believes finding ways to make mathematics relevant, interesting, and fun is the mission of every elementary school teacher. He believes children should be inspired by success so that they view new opportunities to learn mathematics with confidence.


VP Secondary

(2 year term)

Dr. Machell F. Sprauve

Dr. Machell F Sprauve has taught secondary mathematics for over 21 years. She currently teaches mathematics in the Freshman Academy at Wilson High School in Florence, S. C. where she is also the Freshman Academy Lead Teacher and assists the Assistant Principal to carry out various duties. Dr. Sprauve serves as a Lead Teacher at Wilson High School and Florence One Schools to assist in implementing school as well as district math and other academic initiatives. Dr. Sprauve holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics from Francis Marion University, and an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Science from Horry-Georgetown Technical College. She has also served on AdvancEd teams for accreditation and diagnostic reviews for the past five years where she worked collaboratively with Team members from across the states to accredit schools and school systems. Dr. Sprauve is active in her community as a Red Cross volunteer, Donate Life volunteer, and Assistant Dean for Christian Education for the St. John Baptist Association.

Alva R. White

Secondary Math Curriculum Consultant

Richland County School District One


Greetings, fellow educators.  I am Alva R. White and I want to be your next SCCTM Vice President for Secondary.  I bring to this role 22 years of experience of which the most rewarding 17 years were as a classroom teacher.  My experience affords me the honor of saying, “I have walked a mile in your shoes.”  Currently I am a curriculum consultant for middle and high school teachers with Richland School District One in Columbia, SC.  I believe in the power a teacher holds when it comes to educating the children of our future and that every child is my child so I want only the best for them all.  I also serve as a board member for both South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (SCCTM) and South Carolina Leaders of Mathematics Education (SCLME).  My other professional affiliations include National Council Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).  My motto is simple:  “Knowledge Is POWER!”  My goal as Vice President for Secondary is to ensure that SCCTM members are informed of the various opportunities and issues that impact the world of education, giving you the knowledge to be a POWERFUL advocate for our students.  See you in November at the 2018 Fall Conference.  The conference theme is “Change the World of Mathematics:  Sow a Seed.”  You can be the one to sow a seed for the children of tomorrow.  I would be honored to have your vote.  Thank you for your support.


Jennifer C. Wilson

Aiken High School, Aiken County Public School District

2013  PAEMST Award Winner 7-12 Mathematics

Jennifer Wilson is a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has taught mathematics in both middle and high school over the last 21 years.  She received her education degrees from Wichita State University; Bachelor of Arts: Secondary Mathematics in 1997 and Masters of Education: Curriculum and Instruction in 2001.  She has taught in Kansas, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as, for the Department of Defense in Guam.  She received her National Board Certification in 2010.  Ms. Wilson has served on the Teacher Forum for 100kin10 for the past two years.  This organization’s focus is to increase and retain qualified STEM teachers.  She is currently the secretary for the Aiken County Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


(2 year term)

Paula Bailey Adams


Paula Adams graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor's Degree in mathematics, the University of South Carolina with a Master's Degree in Secondary School Counseling and is currently a doctoral student at USC in Teaching and Learning. She is a National Board Certified teacher and taught mathematics in Lancaster County for 31 years prior to taking her current position as placement coordinator in the Office of Field and Clinical Partnerships and Outreach in the College of Education at Clemson University. In addition to teaching at the high school level, Paula has served as AP Coordinator, professional development facilitator, and Lead Mathematics Teacher for the Lancaster County School district. In 2009 she was honored as District High School Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she has served as a host teacher for pre-service mathematics teachers, mentor teacher, National Board assessor and edTPA assessor.

Brantay Cohens 

Brantay Cohens is a native of Georgetown, SC. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Coastal Carolina University. He currently teaches 8th Grade Math and Science at Ocean Bay Middle School in Horry County. At Ocean Bay Middle he serves as the Student Council Sponsor, the Stingray Student News Sponsor, and a Beta Club Sponsor. Brantay has served as the Math Department Chair, the Algebra Lead Teacher, and has served on state and local committees where he was worked on math curriculum and committees to develop cut scores for SC Ready. He loves STEM and developing learning experiences for his students that are relevant and rigorous. Brantay has been a member of SCCTM for a year and was selected to be a SCCTM Fellow in 2017. He hopes to increase the membership and awareness of SCCTM in the Coastal region of South Carolina through networking and effective communication. 

NCTM Representative

(2 year term)

Christi Fricks 

Riverside Middle School, Anderson County School District 4


Christi Fricks has been teaching middle school math for 21 years. She is currently teaching 7th grade math at Riverside Middle School in Anderson School District Four. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Lander University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction of Mathematics from the University of Texas. She has earned Gifted and Talented endorsement as well as National Board certification. She is a 2008 Awardee of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (SCCTM), South Carolina Leaders of Mathematics Education (SCLME), and Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics (CPAM). She served on the Executive Board of SCCTM from 2010 to 2016 as Middle School Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past President. She enjoys sharing her love of math with others as she presents at conferences on the local, state, and national levels. Christi has a passion for teaching math and relishes the challenges of middle school. She lives in Pendleton, South Carolina with her husband, Scott and son, Garrett.


Marina Mosneaguta 


Marina earned her B.S. and M.Ed. from Kennesaw State University, and is currently finishing up her Ed.D. from the University of South Carolina. Knowing how valuable joining a professional organization is, in her role as a math department head, Marina continues to push for obtaining various educational memberships, such as NCTM and AMLE, for every teacher in her building. Marina is currently in her sixth year of teaching middle school math in Sumter School District and in her third year as an adjunct instructor at Central Carolina Technical College. As a classroom teacher, Marina utilizes hybrid models of teaching, flexible seating and blended learning instruction. She has received several recognitions for her accomplishments in education. Most recently, she has been accepted to the PSTA Fall 2018 STAR Seminar.  She has also been named 2018-2019 Sumter School District Honor Roll TOTY, 2018-2019 ADMSTOTY, and 2016-2017ADMSTOTY Nominee. Marina currently serves as a member of a SSD Teacher Forum, a member of a Teacher Forum Leadership Council, and a vice-chair of a Teacher Forum Political Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of 2019 SSD E3 Conference Planning Committee. Marina is passionate about growing herself as an educator and sharing her knowledge with others. She has presented at various local, state, and regional conferences in 2018, and will also have an honor to speak at the 2018 SCCTM Fall Conference. Marina’s students have been recognized as state finalists in 2016 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Nationwide Contest, winners of 2018 MathCON Contest, and received an honorable mention at 2018 SCCTM Art Contest. Marina is excited about the possibility of becoming an NCTM Representative and looks forward to serving in this new capacity to give back to her profession. 


Ben Sinwell

Pendleton High School


I am a mathematics teacher at Pendleton High School in the upstate where I have taught Geometry and Algebra 1 for the last 10 years. This is my 18th year of teaching and I earned my Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina in 2017 while continuing to teach full-time. I am a National Board certified teacher and am actively involved with NCTM. I am currently serving on NCTM’s Annual Program Committee for both their 2019 and 2020 conferences. I have served on NCTM’s Nominations and Elections Committee and chaired the committee in 2016. Between 2012 and 2017, I provided professional development for mathematics teachers at NCTM’s winter and summer institutes and served on the Editorial Panel of NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher from 2008-2011. In 2014-2015, I served on South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee’s Mathematics Review Panel as a reviewer for the proposed South Carolina College and Career-Ready Standards. I enjoy teaching high school mathematics and contributing to the field of mathematics education.

Current Officers

SCCTM Officers 2017 - 2018


Leigh Martin

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Pickens County


Marc Drews


Columbia, SC

Richland County

Past President

Morondo Lewis

Eue Claire High School

Columbia, SC

Richland County


Alva White

Richland District One

Richland County


Gina Dunn

Lander University

Greenwood, SC

Greenwood County

NCTM Representative

Ryan Higgins


er College

Hartsville, SC

Darlington County

SC Department of Education Representative

Sandra Ammons

State Department of Education

Columbia, SC

Vice President for Elementary

Jennifer Wilson

Midway Elementary School

Anderson, SC

Anderson County

Vice President for Middle

Eugene Bellamy

Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School

Hardeeville, SC

Jasper County

Vice President for Secondary

Sherry Young

South Florence High School

Florence, SC

Florence County

Vice President for Post Secondary

Bridget Coleman

USC Aiken

Aiken, SC

Aiken County

Vice President at Large

Alisa Hobgood

West Florence High School

Florence, SC

Florence County

Government Relations

Christie Reid

Clover School District 2

Rock Hill, SC

York County

SCCTM Managers

Commercial Exhibits Manager

Lane Peeler

State Department of Education - retired

Executive Director

Program, Membership, & Registration Manager

Cindy Parker

Alice Drive Middle School

Sumter School District, retired

Sumter, SC

MathMate Editor

Chris Duncan

Lander University

Greenwood, SC

Greenwood County

IT Manager

Bill Gillam

Richland School District Two - retired

ECPI University - Current

Columbia, SC

Ann Senn

Program Manager/Executive Director Emeritus

Ann Senn

JF Bailey & Associates, Inc

Columbia, SC

SCCTM Committee Chairs

Awards Committee  Ed Dickey

Door Prize Committee  Erica Aiken

Educator's Scholarship Committee Bridget Coleman

Grants Awards Committee  Marc Drews

Nominating Committee  Alva White

Pre-Service Scholarship Committee Chris Duncan

Program Chair Morondo Lewis

Publications Chair Alisa Hobgood

SCCTM Grant Initiative Committee Wanda Noblin

Site Committee  Leigh Martin

Special Training Committee Marc Drews

Student Pages Committee  Bridget Coleman

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