Educators return to class in Colonial Life program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 7, 2018) — Preparing students for the workforce of the future will be easier for local educators because of the Education Leaders Experience, a 10-month journey sponsored by Colonial Life that connects education professionals with business leaders. 

“Strong partnerships between educators and business leaders are imperative to growing 21st century employees,” said Tim Arnold, president and CEO of Colonial Life. “Whenever we have an opportunity to learn from today’s educators, and educate them on current workplace trends and needs, it’s beneficial for all of us.”

This year’s 19-person class includes principals, counselors and district office employees from Lexington and Richland counties, as well as higher education officials from across the Midlands. The members of the 2018-19 Gamma class are:

PJ Alonzo, teacher, Pontiac Elementary School, Richland School District Two
Dr. Dixon Brooks, interim director of secondary education, Lexington School District Two
Megan Carrero, principal, R.H. Fulmer Middle School, Lexington School District Two
Thomas Cranmer, chief technology officer, Richland School District Two
Dr. Jennifer Doyle, professional development school liaison, University of South Carolina/ Lower Richland High School
Dr. Michael Harris, chief planning and administrative officer, School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties
Kevin Hasinger, principal, Satchel Ford Elementary School, Richland School District One
Dr. Randall Gary, superintendent, Lexington School District Three
Margo Jackson, director of student diversity, inclusion and engagement, University of South Carolina’s College of Education
Shaun Jacques, principal, Swansea High School, Lexington School District Four
Malisa Johnson, teacher, Oak Pointe Elementary School, School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties
Pamela Lawson, director of advancement service, Midlands Technical College’s Office of Philanthropy
Katrina Pitts, service-learning program manager, Benedict College
Dr. Felicia Richardson, principal, Annie Burnside Elementary School, Richland School District One
Angie Rye, chief academic officer, Lexington School District Three
Dr. Marla Sanders, associate professor, Columbia College’s Division of Education
Tamara Turner, coordinator of teacher evaluation, School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties’ Office of Human Resources
Dr. Cindy Van Buren, assistant dean for professional partnerships and accreditation, University of South Carolina’s College of Education
Shawn Williams, chief human resources officer, Richland School District Two

This is the third leadership class of educators that Colonial Life has sponsored. 

“The shared perspectives gained between education and business leaders through this program enhance awareness and understanding of how today’s educational experience can support the talent needs of a global workforce,” said Marie McGehee, community relations manager at Colonial Life.

About Colonial Life

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, dental, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement indemnity insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 90,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3.8 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit