Secondary Learning Community
The Secondary Learning Community (SLC) in Charleston County School District believes in the connection between a positive and supportive culture/climate, collaboration across schools and districts, and rigorous, data-analyzed cirriculum and instruction to ensure students are ready for whatever they chose to do upon graduation, whether that is going directly to full-time work, into the Armed Services, to college, or any combination of these.
Dr. Sherry Eppelsheimer Associate Superintendent for the High School Learning Community
Before becoming Associate Superintendent of High Schools, Dr. Sherry Eppelsheimer served as principal at Wando High School, one of the largest schools in the state, for the last seven years. A career educator, Eppelsheimer began her service to students in 1989 in Greenwood School District 50 at Greenwood High School in Greenwood, SC. She taught English for 14 years at Greenwood while also holding an adjunct teaching position at nearby Piedmont Area Consortium and Piedmont Technical College. In 2003, Eppelsheimer used her talents in the classroom to further her impact with students by becoming an instructional specialist at Brewer Middle School before being named Director of the ELA Vertical Team and served as the Summer Enrichment and Intervention Director from 2006-2008.
After nearly 20 years of service in Greenwood, Eppelsheimer left the Midlands for the Lowcountry, taking an assistant principal position as Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, SC. It was only a short time before Eppelsheimer was promoted from assistant principal to associate principal at Wando where she continued to grow her leadership skills while assisting in all areas of high school management, administration, and daily activities. A demonstrated leader, in 2015, Eppelsheimer was named interim principal of Wando High after long-time Wando High School Principal Lucy Beckham took the role of Executive Principal of East Cooper Schools. As interim principal, Eppelsheimer planned and directed the overall activities of a high school serving 3,500 students with nearly 300 staff members. She oversaw recruitment, hiring and retention, professional development, faculty and staff evaluations, fiscal management, administration organization, student discipline, program initiatives, and team building. She was promoted to the position permanently one year later in 2016.
Eppelsheimer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lander University and a Master of Education in Secondary Guidance and Counseling from Clemson University. She completed her EDLP certification and earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina. Recognized for her outstanding leadership and talents, Eppelsheimer is the recipient of several awards including the Greenwood County and District 2 Business and Professional Women’s Young Careerist of the Year Award (1995), Greenwood High School Teacher of the Year (1994-95), WYFF Channel 4 Golden Apple Teacher Award (1998), Greenwood School District 50 and Greenwood County Star Teacher Award (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004), Brewer Middle School Teacher of the Year Award (2006-07), and the South Carolina Librarian Association Intellectual Freedom Award (2019). She also serves on the East Cooper Medical Center Governing Board.
Richard Gordon Executive Director of CTE
Rich Gordon is the Executive Director of Career and Technology Education (CTE) in the Charleston County School District.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rutgers University followed by a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard, a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Charleston Southern, and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Systems, Superintendency, and Leadership from Webster.
Rich and served as a math and computer science teacher at George Washington High School in Denver, CO and Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC. He was also an Assistant Principal and Principal at James Island Charter High School before his current assignment. As the Executive Director of Career and Technology Education, his passion is to prepare students to be college and career ready by providing rigorous and relevant academic, technical, and employability training for a wide variety of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers.
Rich also served his country in two tours of active duty military service during 2003-2004 and 2012-2013. He currently serves as the Battalion Commander of the 751st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in the South Carolina Army National Guard.
Trevor Strawderman Executive Director of High School Learning Community
Trevor Strawderman joined Charleston County School District in 2019 as an Executive Director of the Secondary Learning Community primarily overseeing North Charleston High School and their athletic Department. He has been in education for 27 years with 20 of those years as an educational administrator. During his educational tenure, he served as a special education teacher, men's varsity basketball and football coach, assistant principal, and principal. He was nominated and served on the South Carolina Board of Education in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, he was named the South Carolina 4-AAAA High School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association.
Emilie Woody Executive Director of High School Learning Community
Woody, a long-time Wando teacher, started her career as a teacher in North Carolina. In 2002, she joined CCSD, teaching Global Studies, Lowcountry History, and High School Reading at Wando High School, before transitioning into a media specialist role in 2005. In 2008, she earned National Board Certification in Library Media and in 2015 was selected as the CCSD Teacher of the Year. Woody also served as Interim Director of Professional Development for the district in 2016.
Woody holds a Bachelor’s in History, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. She has participated in numerous state, regional, and national leadership, equity, and transformational initiatives as well as served as a teacher leader for our Teacher Roundtable and Teacher Cabinet. CCSD is proud to have Emilie Woody as our Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction not only because of her expertise, commitment to lifelong learning, and leadership skills, but also because she represents the voice of our master teachers who give selflessly each day to put students at the heart of our work.
Academic Magnet High School
Charleston County School of the Arts
Dr. Shannon Cook
Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies
North Charleston High School
R.B. Stall High School
Mr. Steve Larson