Berea Middle

Susan Wilson is a native Greenvillian, born and raised here in Greenville, SC. After graduating from Wade Hampton High School, she went on to attend the University of South Carolina, majoring in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. Susan discovered her love of service through her grandmother, Susan, from a very young age. After her Grandmother’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia in 2012, Susan knew she wanted a career in service to others to not only honor her Grandmother’s legacy, but also the many lives in Greenville County her grandmother touched through decades of service to others. Susan’s grandmother was not only her biggest source of inspiration, but also her biggest champion through adverse experiences. Before joining the Berea Middle School CIS team, Susan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the United Way of Greenville County in Volunteer and Donor Engagement. Susan’s goal for this school year is to surround each student with unconditional guidance and support as her grandmother did for her.

 

Michael Arsiniega was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then spent his childhood in Mexico, and finally moved to South Carolina at the age of 14. Since then, he calls South Carolina home. Michael started on his path towards working with young people when he hesitantly took on the role of a volunteer soccer coach at the local YMCA.  Working with his community and with youth was very fulfilling and it brought him great joy – and still does! Michael went on to work for the YMCA, the Greenville Zoo, as a beekeeper, and as a science teacher at Berea Middle School before coming to Communities In Schools.  He is super excited to start the next chapter of his life as a Student Support Specialist at Berea Middle School. Michael enjoys playing sports including disc golf, softball, and volleyball, and hanging out with his family and his pet dogs, chickens, and rats.