Scott McPherson, the 6th grade student support specialist, is a native of Conway, Arkansas, and a 2005 graduate of Furman University (History, Political Science). He also graduated in 2009 with a Master of Arts from the University of Florida (African History). Scott is a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), and his experiences includes poverty awareness and alleviation, student leadership, and community service. Scott joined the Communities In Schools workforce in 2017 so that he can help make sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.
Morgan Soniak is honored to be continuing her fourth year with Communities In Schools at Lakeview Middle School this year. In addition to leading the program, she will serve students in the 7th grade as a student support specialist. Morgan attended Virginia Tech University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Morgan’s favorite part of working for Communities In Schools is watching her students try new things. In Morgan’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and giving back to her community. Morgan receives daily inspiration from Ghandi’s “be the change you wish to see in the world”.
José Moralez-Martinez is the 8th grade student support specialist. Born in México City, México, he moved to Greenville, SC at a young age and calls Greenville his home. José’s drive for service and giving back started young as he helped Hispanic families translate materials and conversations. His passion for service has followed him through his time at J.L Mann High School and Furman University, being involved with Key Club, Habitat for Humanity, Furman FUEL the Community, and Bridges to a Brighter Future. José graduated from Furman University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences where he focused on all aspects of health and wellness: physical, nutritional, social, mental, and life behaviors. He is excited to continue as part of the Communities In Schools at Lakeview Middle School team and looks forward to motivating students to achieve their goals as his mentors did for him.