Katie Gillespie, the 6th grade student support specialist, 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.
Carmen Medero joined Communities In Schools of Greenville as a student support specialist at Berea Middle School in August 2015. She provided support to 8th grade and bilingual students and families. Recently, she transferred to Tanglewood to work with the 7th grade students and continue her work 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”.
James Odom is the new program coordinator and 8th grade student support specialist for Tanglewood Middle School. He is a native of the Washington D.C/Maryland area, and moved to South Carolina nearly 11 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 third year with Communities In Schools.