Tanglewood Middle Student Support Specialists
Katie Gillespie, 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.
Siobhan Styles, 7th grade student support specialist at Tanglewood Middle School, graduated from the University of South Carolina-Upstate with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Spanish. She started with Communities In Schools in February 2016. Prior to working with CIS, she worked at a charter school teaching ESOL and Spanish to 5th to 12th grade students. Her passion is educating and assisting students and families so they may be successful and have a positive outlook on their future. She is also the active Middle Grades Education Committee Chair for the Hispanic Alliance.
Dani Henderson, the program coordinator, is an alumni of Communities In Schools of Greenville. She joined the 8th grade team at Tanglewood Middle School after previously working in Asheville, NC as a case manager with youth in crisis in a residential setting. She also has experience as a Student Support Coach at a residential treatment facility focusing on traumatic experiences using a relationship-based approach to healing. Dani holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Warren Wilson College, where she completed over 300 hours of community service in focus areas including education, at-risk youth, and substance abuse and dependency. She is excited about the opportunity to contribute her knowledge and passion to her students through goal setting and attainment, as she is grateful for the impact Communities In Schools had on her in such a transitional period of her life.