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SCISA president

Dr. Tonya Houston, left, the newly elected president of The South Carolina Independent School Association, is welcomed to SCISA by Executive Director Dr. Spencer Jordan.

The board of directors of The South Carolina Independent School Association has elected a Summerville educator as president of the association.

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Dr. Tonya Houston was selected at a recent board meeting held at the association’s state office in Orangeburg to replace Keller Kissam, who has served the association for over a decade as both president and as chairman of the athletic committee.

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Houston currently serves as assistant professor in the College of Education at Charleston Southern University at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to her service at Charleston Southern University, she worked for 20 years in secondary education at Northwood Academy in Summerville as a teacher, coach and administrator.

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“Dr. Houston’s commitment to young people is demonstrated by her passion for student achievement and desire to see all students reach their full potential,” SCISA Executive Director Dr. Spencer Jordan said.

Additionally, Houston served on the SCISA Athletic Committee for four years.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Charleston Southern University. Prior to her time at Northwood Academy, she worked with abused, abandoned and neglected children and adolescents.

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After receiving master’s degree, as well as an educational specialist degree from The Citadel, she earned her doctorate at The University of South Carolina.

Houston is a certified by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching as a student teacher evaluator and is an active member of the National Science Teachers Association, the Association of Middle Level Education, and Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society.

“I know that Dr. Houston will bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to our association with the vast experience that she has as an educational professional,” Jordan said.

In addition to serving as a full-time professor, wife and mother, Houston is the founder of Sweetgrass Education Consulting LLC, a company which assists teachers, administrators and business leaders through educational support, program evaluation, motivation and training.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected to head SCISA,” Houston said. “I look forward to working with the executive committee as well as the member-schools as the president of SCISA.”

The South Carolina Independent School Association is a non-profit, voluntary association of more than 125 independent schools serving more than 37,000 teachers and students in South Carolina and Georgia.

The State of South Carolina incorporated SCISA in 1965 as an exclusively educational organization with the responsibilities of establishing accreditation standards, coordinating academic and athletic competition and providing professional development for member organizations.

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