Jordan Branham is a Greenville, SC native. He attended Southside High School where he was a member of the basketball team and the nationally ranked speech and debate team. There he found his passion for speaking and service. As a student, he became a coach at the Cain Halter YMCA where he learned that he had a gift for working with kids. After graduating from high school, Jordan attended Fundamental Prep where he played basketball for one year. After realizing he was gifted for more than sports, he pursued ministry and community work. Jordan also worked as a coach and substitute teacher for Greenville County Schools . He is also currently the youth minister at White Plains Baptist Church. As a youth pastor, Jordan began growing great relationships within the community that allowed him to speak and serve at many local community events. He currently is enrolled at the University of South Carolina Upstate majoring in Elementary Education. Jordan believes that the key to changing the world is by changing and impacting the life of a child. Because children are our future, he works diligently to prepare them for life and encourages them to be all that they can and want to be.
Katie Gillespie graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Immediately after graduating, she worked with small businesses around the Greenville area. She found her love of empowering and encouraging younger children through her job as Recreational Director at Dianne’s School of Dance. By teaching dance as an enrichment course for the BELL Summer Program, she was able to connect with students and give them an opportunity to learn and choreograph a dance performance. Katie believes that her passion for dance is what gave her confidence and self esteem. She is excited to help the students at Tanglewood Middle School find their passions and encourage them in all of their ventures as a returning student support specialist.
Carmen Medero joined Communities In Schools of Greenville as a student support specialist in 2015. She works with students to help them stay on track and achieve their goals. She is passionate about learning from every culture and teaching her non-English-speakers that their language barrier will not dictate or stop them from fulfilling their goals. Prior to working with CIS, she worked with the Greenville County School District ESOL Program and Osceola County School District Special Education Program in Kissimmee, Florida. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and has earned 18 graduate credits in Guidance and Counseling from the Universidad del Turabo Puerto Rico. Carmen is fluent in Spanish and she is a native of Puerto Rico. She is an active member of San Sebastian Catholic Church, Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, and the Hispanic Alliance. Her motto is “Nobody is going to do it but you; never give up on your dreams, and keep trying your best and beyond”.