Meet the Team
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.
Jen Toole, Budget Technician
Jen has been with CCSD for close to ten years. She has been a Media Clerk at Drayton Hall Elementary and Stiles Point Elementary and a General Clerk at West Ashley High School. Before moving to Charleston, she subbed in several schools in the School District of Oconee County. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Theatre from Winthrop University and is currently working on her M.A.T in Elementary Education from Liberty University. Jen comes from a family with many educators and school employees and is excited to inherit this amazing career path.
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.
Kendra Murphy, Canvas Administrator
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.
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.
Cynthia Wiggins, 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.
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.
Lacy Bryant, Secondary Learning Community: Middle Schools
Lacy Bryant is a Charleston-based educator, instructional specialist, curriculum designer, innovation specialist, and speaker. She is passionate about changing how students and teachers approach learning in the 21st century. She taught middle school math and history before becoming an Instructional Specialist for Social Studies and then an Innovation Specialist with Charleston County School District’s Department of Innovation & Digital Learning, in Charleston, South Carolina. As an innovation specialist, she supports middle school teachers as they incorporate Student Agency, Blended Learning, 21st Century Thinking Skills, and Personalized Learning to become risk takers and innovators in their classrooms.
Cameron Urtz, Secondary Learning Community: High Schools
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.