Middle School Learning Community

The Middle School Learning Community (MSLC) in Charleston County School District believes in the connection between scholars, parents, and educators as the driving force that will positively affect academic outcomes. Making up the educators component of this partnership, the MSLC offers a number of programs in our middle schools which allows scholars to explore and pursue pathways of interest that lead towards a well-rounded college and career-ready scholar.

Through strong academic programs and a focus on social-emotional learning, we are setting the foundation for our scholars to achieve in every endeavor they may pursue. They are the heart of our work!


Dr. Joseph Williams Associate Superintendent of the Secondary Learning Community

He is a native of North Charleston, S.C. and attended Charleston County Public Schools graduating from North Charleston High School in 1991. Immediately after high school, Dr. Williams joined the U.S. Army and served as a medical specialist until 1995. While in the military he served in both combat and medical settings. In 1995 he started his matriculation through higher learning enrolling at South Carolina State University where he graduated with honors in 1998 with a degree in Biology and General Science Education. In 1999 he pursued his degree in Counselor Education, again graduating with honors in 2001. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Educational Leadership and Supervision. Dr. Williams participated in a Leadership Academy at Harvard, received Diversity Leadership Training and certification through Furman University's Riley Institute and has attended numerous trainings on literacy at the state level that addressed improving literacy practices in education. His 17-year tenure in Orangeburg and Charleston counties has influenced his philosophy of education: “All children can learn if given the opportunity and support systems needed.”

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Dr. Colleen Knauer Principal of Special Projects and Support for CCSD’s Secondary Learning Community

Colleen Knauer currently serves in the role of Principal of Special Projects and Support for CCSD’s Secondary Learning Community. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Knauer has served as Principal of Northwoods Middle School and Assistant Principal of North Charleston High School. During her time with CCSD, she has also served as an Instructional Coach, Department Chair, Mathematics Teacher, and English Teacher.

Dr. Knauer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from The Citadel, an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University, and a Principal Licensure from the University of Scranton in PK-12 Administration. She also served as an adjunct professor at Trident Technical College for mathematics.

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