Greenwood, SC – January 3, 2019 – The Greenwood Promise received quite a list of well qualified candidates from Greenwood as well as outside of Greenwood, for the open position of Executive Director, Greenwood Promise. It speaks well to the visibility that the Greenwood Promise has received – to have this many candidates apply for this position. It has taken some time to go through the candidates and interview process, especially with scheduling through the holidays. We were fortunate to have a diverse group of qualified individuals with different types of skill sets, which made the decision process more challenging.
We are pleased to announce that Katie Davenport has been selected and has accepted to become the next Executive Director for the Greenwood Promise. Katie is a native of Greenwood County, having graduated from Ninety-Six High School. Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Clemson University and started her career at the Greenwood Genetic Center as a Cytogenetic Technologist for about four years before deciding that she wanted to get into education and started as Science teacher at Westview Middle School. While teaching, she also completed her Master of Education from Walden University and later completed a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University, specializing in Elementary and Secondary Administration and Supervision. She currently was working as the 6th and 7th Grade STEMS Science Teacher for Greenwood District 50; where she was selected as 2017/2018 Teacher of the Year – Westview Middle School.
Katie’s passion for education and the need for her students was evident through the interview process; she has seen first-hand what it means for academically promising students to feel that a college education is out of reach and she understands what the Greenwood Promise can mean for these students. Her desire is to make sure all of these students will have that opportunity. As we move into finding ways to reach those students at an early age and work to prepare them for college; Katie’s insights and experiences will help to make that happen.
In addition to her busy educational life, Katie is a volunteer at Hospice Care of the Piedmont’s Hospice House and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Greenwood.
Please join us as we welcome Katie to this new position on Monday, January 16th.
About the Greenwood Promise
The Greenwood Promise is an educational initiative aimed at increasing the economic growth of Greenwood County by promoting postsecondary education and thereby ensuring a skilled and educated workforce. The Greenwood Promise was established in 2015 and began funding students in fall 2017.