Lakeview Middle Student Support Specialists

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.

CIS_hs013Rushawnda Olden has been with Communities In Schools of Greenville since August 2015. She started as a student support specialist at Lakeview Middle School and now serves as the program coordinator.  A native of South Carolina, Rushawnda believes that her purpose in life is to be a catalyst of change in her community.  Inspired at a summer camp led by Upstate Circle of Friends of Greenville, she developed a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit sector and youth working as a student mentor nearly 11 years ago.  Her passion for youth and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles here in Greenville.  Rushawnda holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from South Carolina State University, and a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

James Odom is the 8th grade student support specialist at Lakeview Middle School. He is a native of the Washington D.C/Maryland area, and moved to South Carolina nearly 10 years ago. James found his passion of giving back and helping the youth of the community through volunteering at his local church as well as while coaching football. These experiences led him to Southern Wesleyan University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services.  James is in his second year with Communities In Schools.