Greenville, S.C. – Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K-12 public education, is proud to announce that Qena Jennings, M.Ed has recently been hired to fill the role of Program Director.
“Qena is a fantastic addition to our team and organization, especially as PEP continues and seeks ways to deepen and broaden its impact,” said Dr. Ansel Sanders, PEP President and CEO. “Her wealth of experiences in education – teacher, literacy specialist, nonprofit leadership, professional learning specialist – fostered across multiple states, organizations, and school districts will greatly enhance PEP’s capacity to fulfill our mission: collaborate with community partners to support and strengthen student achievement and success in Greenville County Schools.”
Jennings brings with her over 20 years of experience in the field of education, having worked as a classroom teacher, a district literacy coach and as a professional learning specialist for an early education initiative in Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
“Joining Public Education Partners represents a wonderful opportunity to continue to do the work I love as an educator,” said Jennings. “For me, this means collaborating with others to develop innovative ways to support the success of students and teachers in Greenville County.”
As Program Director, Jennings will be heading several PEP initiatives focused around literacy and the teaching profession. These programs include the award-winning Make Summer Count movement, which provides over 18,000 Greenville County Schools (GCS) students in 29 high-need elementary schools the opportunity to select 10 free books to build home libraries and attend Family Reading Nights to encourage literacy in the home; the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) program, in which PEP partners with GCS to provide professionals with math, science, Spanish and French backgrounds an alternative route to certification; and #Teach864, a program designed to elevate and celebrate the teaching profession which had over 1,200 teachers attend its inaugural event.
“Public Education Partners is at an exciting time in its history and is ready to take the next leap to greatness,” said Lee Yarborough, PEP Board Chair. “As Program Director, Qena will be instrumental in this upwards trajectory, building on current programs, as well as developing new programs to further the mission of PEP.”