Innovation & Digital Learning Team Members

Elaine Berry

Director

Lainie Berry is CCSD's Director of Innovation & Digital Learning. She’s taught PE, theatre, and computer literacy in multiple settings, including CCSD, the Dominican Republic, Virginia, Utah, & Las Vegas. Lainie has an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is passionate about working in K-12 education & supporting adult learners. She believes that by weaving choice, collaborative experiences, and fun into professional learning, teachers are more engaged and able to grow in their practice. Lainie has 2 boys at Charleston School of the Arts; her favorite activities include hiking, camping, yoga & boogie boarding.

Kendra Murphy

Middle School Learning Community

Kendra is a Google Certified Trainer and leverages those skills to support schools as they make instructional shifts in a variety of technology and innovative instructional approaches. Kendra was a high school history teacher and then worked as a school-based technology specialist, which led her to become a technology instructional coach in Charleston County.  With an innate love of learning, Kendra continually works to enhance her practice, primarily by expanding her PLN on Twitter. Kendra has a BA in History & holds a master’s degree from George Mason University in Teaching/Education. Connect with Kendra on Twitter @TechinTeaching.

Emily Elliott

Elementary Learning Community

Emily was a member of the Goodwin Elementary faculty teaching 4th grade, 5th grade and technology literacy over her nine-year tenure. Emily earned her B.S. is Elementary Ed from CofC in 2001 and her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from USC in 2008. Her favorite part of working in IDL is facilitating a professional learning network of Elementary Technology Literacy special area teachers. 

Cynthia McFadden

Elementary Learning Community

Cynthia Wiggins-McFadden grew up in Berkeley County, South Carolina. She is a 1998 graduate of Timberland High School. She received a B.S from South Carolina State University in Early Childhood Education and a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Technology in Education. Cynthia began her teaching career in Williamsburg County, South Carolina where she taught 2nd and 3rd grade. In August 2008, Cynthia began working as an Instructional Technology Coach in Prince William County, Virginia. Cynthia has over fifteen years of experience as an educator working with students and adults of various ages and from various backgrounds.

Amy Winstead

Elementary Learning Community

Amy’s passion is discovering innovative ways to to engage students, foster opportunities for creativity and collaboration, and promote student achievement through the use of educational technology. In January 2011, she was one of three teachers in CCSD selected to participate in the 1:1 iPad pilot at Drayton Hall Elementary. She has taught both third and fifth grade in 1:1 iPad classrooms and has worked with K-12 teachers throughout CCSD assisting them with incorporating iPads as a learning tool. She received a B. A. in History with a minor in Middle and Secondary Social Studies Education and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, both from the College of Charleston.

Cameron Urtz

Secondary Learning Community

With experience as an English teacher, instructional coach, and teacher-librarian in CCSD high schools, Cameron believes learning environments should embrace innovation, creativity, and inquiry while being welcoming and inclusive.  Cameron earned her B.A. in Secondary Education: English at Clemson University, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology from Winthrop University, and her Masters of Library and Information Science from UNCG. Her favorite part of working in IDL is being able to support schools and teachers in embracing innovative practices and integrating technology.  Follow Cameron on Twitter: @cameronlburtz

Christy James

Library Media Services Coordinator and District Textbook Coordinator

Christy has over 20 years in education, including 17 years of teaching MS grade ELA, social studies, and working as an MS teacher librarian. She earned a BS in Secondary Social Studies & Reading Education from Drake University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She's been recognized as a 2020 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Innovator and was also a 2016 Honor Roll Teacher for CCSD. Christy is passionate about equity and access and working with teacher librarians to provide inclusive collections and practices that support all students' success in our school libraries.

Tim Tanner

Instructional Resources Coordinator 

Tim Tanner has over 20 years of experience working with students, teachers, and administrators in pre-k through higher ed.  Tim directly supports classrooms across the District coordinating digital resources for students and teacher use through Clever and other platforms. 

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