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 joins the Lakeview team this year as the program coordinator, having served our Berea Middle team for the past few years as a student support specialist. In addition to leading the program, she will serve students in the 7th grade as a specialist. Morgan attended Virginia Tech where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Morgan has seven years of experience working with children and families in education and social service settings. Morgan is developing her secondary language skills in American Sign Language and Spanish, and enjoys practicing her Spanish with the students and their families. Morgan is originally from the Charlotte, NC area, but has been living in Greenville for four years now. In Morgan’s free time, she enjoys riding bikes on the Greenville Health System’s Swamp Rabbit Trail with her husband, playing pool, spending time outside with her dogs, and cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies. 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 at Lakeview Middle School. 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 join the Communities In Schools team and looks forward to motivating students to achieve their goals as his mentors did for him.