Governance

Effective December 2020, the Board will generally meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 PM in the Upper Elementary classroom. Any exceptions will be posted here. Agendas and minutes of previous meetings can be found at the bottom of this page. To contact the Board Chair click on the word "Chair" below.

Joan McCulley

After graduating from South Dakota State University and University of North Dakota Joan became an elementary school teacher on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. Her journey has consisted of living in 6 US states, visiting several European and Central America countries, owning a day care center, being a foster parent to troubled teens and having 4 different live-in European au pairs as our children were growing up. She retired after 33 years with Siemens Medical as a software requirements engineer. She and her husband Daryl live on Lake Wateree with their granddaughter, Vanessa, who attends MSC. Her life journey has been full of adventure. Her closest friends tell her that she should write a book but they caution her that people would think the story had been misclassified and should have been in the Fiction aisle. The banners she continues to promote in my retirement are education, mental health and addiction recovery.

Johnnie Thomas

Board Vice President, Nominating Committee Chair

Johnnie Thomas was born in Chicago, Illinois. At a young age he was taking to Mississippi to complete school. Graduating from high school he moved on to better himself by attending Job Corps to become a certified carpenter. At the age of 22 Johnnie decided to join the United States Army as an infantryman where he advanced from the ranks of private to staff sergeant. Over his 20-year career Johnnie has traveled to many fun and not so fun places like Korea, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, just to name a few. As of Oct 2020 Johnnie has retired from the army and spends time with his boys Oliver and Elijah who attend the Montessori school of Camden. Johnnie now resides with his wife Eniko and two boys in Elgin, SC.

Joseph Folsom

Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Joseph Folsom grew up and attended school in Camden, SC. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in accounting in 2003. He went on to earn his master's degree in accountancy with an emphasis on taxation in 2004. After completing the required post graduation two year work experience requirement and passing the CPA exam, Joseph received his CPA license in 2006. Joseph currently owns and operates his own public CPA firm, Joseph Folsom CPA, LLC. Joseph is married to Denise Folsom, a pharmacist at the Camden Wal-Mart. Joseph and Denise have one daughter, Olivia who has been a student at the school starting with the toddler class. Joseph, Denise, and Olivia reside in Camden.

Sharon Huffstetler

PAC President & Board Secretary

Sharon Huffstetler has a passion for psychology, background in Human Resource Management, and is loving learning about Montessori philosophy — and that her oldest son is thriving in the environment at MSC. She will  have two enrolled in the upcoming school year, with one still at home. You can often find Sharon at the Kershaw County and Sumter County Farmers Market on Fridays and Saturdays where she sets up a booth advertising her professional services as a longarm quilter and memory quilt maker. Sharon‘s husband and the father of their three sons Kai, Ivan, and Cyril, is retired from the US Air Force. Gaming on PS4 is a family hobby for the adults and giant Legos construction is enjoyed by all. She looks forward to serving the parents and children of MSC as PAC president. Het plans include fundraising for additional outdoor picnic tables and creating school wife opportunities for community building.

Tiffany Atkins

Headmaster Search Committee Chair

Tiffany Atkins was born in San Diego, CA. Her parents served in the US Navy and they also lived in Oahu, HI before finally relocating to Peachtree City, GA. Tiffany attended the University of South Carolina and got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies in 2007. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Mercer University in Macon, GA in 2010. She is barred in the state of Georgia. She briefly worked at King and Spalding as a project attorney in Atlanta, GA before returning to Columbia, South Carolina to work at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She has been with the VA as a Rating Veteran’s Service Representative since 2010.

Tiffany is married to Jerry Atkins, Jr., a Camden native, who works in Information Technology. They have two children, Evan and Cassidy. Evan has attended the school since he was two, and Cassidy since she was an infant.

Tiffany is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is an active member of Gaines Baptist Church.

Michael Brown

Audit Committee Chair & Community Relations Committee Co-Chair

Michael Brown is an optimistic individual with a genuine love for people. He has dedicated his life to making sure others thrive and have the necessary means to be successful.

He was born in Greenwood, SC.  From an early age, he desired to be a help wherever there was a need. God called him into the ministry 16 years ago; where he ministered in prisons, nursing homes, and neighborhoods. Seven years ago he began pastoring the New Creation Church which is currently located in Camden, SC. Michael Brown has been happily married to Shamika Brown for 10 years. Together they have 4 children; two of which, are in the Montessori program in the Richland 2 school district. Michael Brown also owns a commercial cleaning business, Pure Choice Cleaning. He believes everything he does and puts his hands to should be done wholeheartedly and with pure intentions.

 

His motto in life is, “Nothing is impossible if you believe.”

Michael Conley

Strategic Plan Committee Chair

Michael Conley was born in Lancaster, South Carolina. Michael and Eva Conley have lived in Kershaw County since 2011 but both are originally from Kershaw, SC. They have two children, Morgan who is six and Quinn who is four. Morgan is in Lower Elementary at MSC. Presently, Michael is the Director of Planning and Zoning for Kershaw County where he has worked since 2015. He has been working in local government in South Carolina since 2006. After serving four years in the US Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Michael obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Additionally, Michael sits on the Executive Board of the United Way of Kershaw County, is a member of West Wateree Rotary Club, and is on the Board of Directors of the PLAY Foundation.

Kimberley Edmond-Jordan

Community Relations Committee Co-Chair

Kimberley Edmond-Jordan is honored to serve as the Executive Director at Kershaw County First Steps Partnership Board.  Having earned her bachelor’s degree at Benedict College and a master’s in early education from the University of South Carolina, Kimberley has devoted more than 29 years to working in educational services with young children and their families.   She is committed to creating a strong, educational support program in Kershaw County where egalitarian values, sound foundational skills and play with a purpose are always in focus.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director at Kershaw County First Steps, Kimberley served as an ABC (Advocates for Better Care) program monitor at South Carolina Health and Human Services.

Kimberley is a state certified/master early childhood trainer with the Center for Child Care Career Development. She serves on the SC CCR&R State Taskforce and the Central Carolina Technical College Early Childhood Board. Kimberley has completely committed herself to furthering the education and growth of all children in the county.

Katie Guinn

Development Committee Chair

Kaitlyn Guinn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to South Carolina in 2007 to attend The College of Charleston. While a student, Kaitlyn had a calling to service and joined the South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) as a medic. After serving five years as a medic and deploying to Afghanistan, Kaitlyn was accepted into U.S. Army flight school and graduated as a rated Apache Pilot in 2015. From 2015-2018 she served as the Medical Evaluation Board’s Officer in Charge to oversee the medical retirement process in the SCNG. From 2018-2020 She was the State Equal Employment Specialist, responsible for developing and monitoring the State Equal Employment Opportunity program for the SCNG and advised senior officials on EEO matters within the agency. In 2020, she went part time with the SCNG to be the CFO for The Catery on Broad in Camden, SC. She has lived in six different states throughout her military career, is a combat veteran and holds her commercial rotary wing pilot license. She belongs to various military and aviation professional organizations. She is involved with two women in STEM programs in Richland County and guest speaks at schools in Richland & Kershaw County. She and her Camden-native husband, Tripp Guinn, reside in Camden. They have two children, Lilli Guinn (Camden Middle School) & Eli Guinn (MSC Infant Class). Tripp & Katie are involved with the community by supporting Food for The Soul, United Way, The Community Health Clinic, COTA for Faith & Kershaw County Night to Shine.

Jim Henry

Governance & Policy Review Committee Chair

Jim Henry is a native of Lancaster, SC. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with  B.S. in Criminal justice. He is a graduate of The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and has worked in law enforcement for 21 years. Jim currently is an Agent with The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Service where he supervises the intensive offender caseload as well as managing the GPS tracking program for the Kershaw county office. Jim also holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University.  He is married to Dr. Lara Creel Henry who is a veteran educator in the Kershaw County School District and is currently teaching Social Studies at Lugoff-Elgin High School. They have three children: Jenna, Luke and Rachel. Rachel is currently a student in Primary at MSC. They reside in Elgin.

Maria Pryor

Headmaster and Board Evaluation Committee Chair

Maria Pryor was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. She attended Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG) for her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering. She worked for a several years with a scholarship program in the computer department at ESADE Business School and taught Microsoft Office and Html Pages. Maria worked for a number of years in a publicity company (RG en Movimineto) in Barcelona. In 2005, she moved to SC and enrolled in EPI (English Programs for Internationals), and at Midlands Technical College where she received her Associate in Engineering Technology in Electronics Engineering Technology in 2008. She started to work at Mansion Decorating of SC, Inc. with her husband where she is an estimator and accounting executive. She is the mother of two children, Dylan and Logan who have attended the Montessori School of Camden since they were Infants. Together, Maria and David believe in the Montessori philosophy for their children. Maria is currently the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the MSC Board of Directors.

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Headmaster: Dr. John Moncure

​Telephone: ​803-432-6828

Fax: 803-432-6422
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