Contact Us

Additional information about Accelerate and TEAM UP administrators, faculty, and staff can be found below the following chart.

**If a student is unable to attend a lab, he or she should notify the relevant instructor and the Chair of Virtual Education, Mrs. Laura Dostert.

Accelerate and TEAM UP Administration

Dr. Ershela Sims, Interime GSSM President and Senior Vice President for Virtual & Outreach (Profile)
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
esims@gssm.k12.sc.us
(843) 383-1909

Ms. Lynn McGee, Director of Accelerate and Synchronous Virtual Programs (Profile)
M.S.E. Curriculum and Instructional Stratgies, University of New England
B.S. Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
(843) 383-3901 Ext. 4040
 

Dr. Zaria O’Bryant, Director of TEAM UP (Profile)
Ph.D., Educational Technology, Walden University
M.A.T., Special Education, University of South Carolina
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
obryant@gssm.k12.sc.us
(843) 495-2483

Dr. Gary Gabel, Director of Elementary Programs (Profile)
Ed.D., University of Missouri
M.Ed., Georgia State University
L5 Leadership Add-on, University of Georgia
B.S.Ed., Georgia State University
ggabel@gssm.k12.sc.us
(843) 309-4766

Accelerate Faculty  

Dr. Taylor Belcher, Accelerate Mathematics Instructor (Profile)
Ph.D. Pure Mathematics, Bowling Green State University
B.S. Mathematics and Secondary Education, University of Cincinnati
 
Dr. Samuel Benavides, Accelerate Mechanical and Aersopace Engineering Instructor (Profile)
 
Dr. Antonino Carnevali, Accelerate Physics Instructor (Profile)
Ph.D., Physics, University of Tennessee
B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hunter College
 
Dr. Jennifer Crawford, Accelerate Chemistry Instructor (Profile)
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Texas Tech
M.Ed., Teaching, Emporia State University
B.S., Chemistry, Lubbock Christian University
 
Dr. Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Accelerate English Instructor (Profile)
Ph.D., M.A., Cornell University
Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae, University of South Carolina
​kdvignone@gssm.k12.sc.us
 
Mrs. Laura Dostert, Accelerate Math Instructor and Chair of Virtual Education (Profile)
M.S., B.S., Mathematics, Texas A&M University
dostert@gssm.k12.sc.us
(843) 383-3901 Ext. 4029
 
Dr. Paul Dostert, Accelerate Mathematics and Computer Science Instructor (Profile)
Ph.D., M.S., Texas A&M University
B.S., James Madison University
 
Dr. Randy Gibson, Accelerate Engineering Instructor
 
Dr. Beth Steedley, Accelerate English Instructor (Profile)
Ph.D., M.A., English, Johns Hopkins University
B.A., English and French, Vanderbilt University
bsteedley@gssm.k12.sc.us

TEAM UP Faculty

Dr. Dedra Eatmon, TEAM UP Engineering Instructor (Profile)
 
Ms. Donita Robinson, TEAM UP Math Instructor (Profile)
 
Mrs. Staci Weeks, TEAM UP Math Instructor (Profile)
M.T., Secondary Education, University of South Carolina
B.S., Mathematics, University of South Carolina

Accelerate and TEAM UP Staff

Mrs. Lisa Bateman, Student Services Coordinator (Profile)
B.A., Business Administration, Saint Leo University
bateman@gssm.k12.sc.us
(843) 383-3901 Ext. 3982
(843) 383-3950 fax

Dr. Tyler Brannan, Virtual Student Success Coordinator (Profile)
Ph.D., M.S., Mathematics, Louisiana State University
B.S., Mathematics and Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University
tbrannan@gssm.k12.sc.us
 

Mrs. Patty Long, Accelerate Technology Manager (Profile)
M.A. Ed., Educational Media, Western Carolina University
B.A., English, Columbia College
long@gssm.k12.sc.us    
(843) 383-3901 Ext. 3990

Ms. Rana O'Bryant, Virtual Student Success Coordinator (Profile)
M.S., Project Management, George Washington University
M.B.A., Nova Southeastern University
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee
 

Mrs. Barbara Urban, Accelerate Program Assistant (Profile)
M.S., Education/Instructional Technology, Western Connecticut State University
B.S., Elementary Education/Mathematics, Western Connecticut State University
burban@gssm.k12.sc.us
(843) 383-3901 Ext. 3925