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Teachers of Government Advisory Board

Teachers of Government Advisory Board 2008-2010
 

The Riley Institute has created a Teachers of Government Advisory Board comprised of professional educators who are graduates of the annual Teachers of Government (TOG) Summer Institute program. All team members are leaders in their field with backgrounds in teacher training, curriculum development, and educational resources learned through their TOG experience. The team members were selected to serve on the TOG Advisory Board based on interest, commitment, and recommendations.

The TOG Advisory Board will maintain email correspondence with educators and provide leadership in the areas of educational resources and curriculum planning. They will also serve as mentors to fellow social studies educators.

Board members serve a two-year term, with the option of serving additional years. This process will create a team consisting of veteran and new members to make efficient transitions to future teams. In the event of a vacancy, former TOG alumni will be invited to apply for a position on the team.

Teachers of Government Advisory Board Members 2008-2010

Liz Smith
Liz Smith is an associate professor at Furman University and Coordinator of the Teachers of Government Program. Dr. Smith teaches American Politics (Public Opinion, Political Socialization). She earned her B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A. Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Chris Burkett
Chris Burkett is an assistant director of the M. Ed. Program in Divergent Learning and an assistant professor of Education at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C. Burkett was a Teachers of Government participant inaugural class 2001  For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here.
Kathy Creswell
Kathy Creswell is the Assistant Principal at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, S.C. and was a Teachers of Government participant in 2002.  For a complete biography, click here.  

Russ Diesinger

Russ Diesinger was a Teachers of Government participant in 2005. For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here.  
Hale Edwards
Hale Edwards teaches Social Studies at Riverside Middle School in Greer, S.C.  Edwards was a Teachers of Government participant in 2006. For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here and here.  
 
Prakash Elston
Prakash Elston teaches at Greenwood High School in Greenwood, S.C., and at Lander University and Southern Wesleyan University as an adjunct professor.  Elston was a Teachers of Government participant in 2007. For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government,click here.  
Craig Griffith
Craig Griffith teaches at Furman Middle School in Sumter, South Carolina. Griffith was a Teachers of Government participant in 2006 For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here
Harriett Herndon
Harriett Herndon teaches Social Studies at Dillon High School in Dillon, S.C.  Herndon was a Teachers of Government participant inaugural class 2001.  For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here.  
Sharon McAbee
Sharon McAbee teaches world history, US history, and leadership at Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina. McAbee was a Teachers of Government participant in 2002. For a complete biography, click here
Tami Miller
Tami Miller is the manager of Carolina First Center for Exellence, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Miller was a Teachers of Government participant in 2005.  For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here.
Gary Purinton
Gary Purinton teaches at Broome High School in Spartanburg, S.C. Purinton was a Teachers of Government participant in 2006. For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here.
Melissa Venters
Melissa Venters teaches 8th grade South Carolina history at West Ashley Middle School in Charleston, S.C.  Venters was a Teachers of Government participant in 2002. For a complete biography, click here; for a curriculum developed as a result of Teachers of Government, click here