Anderson, SC—Reason & Republic announced today it has selected longtime educator and school leader Kelly Griffis as interim Executive Director of South Carolina Preparatory Academy.  Griffis was elevated from her current position as Director of Special Education.

“There’s no better choice than Dr. Griffis to lead SC Prep right now as we conclude our first school year and head into 2022-2023,” said James Galyean, the CEO of Reason & Republic. “She came to us with a stellar track record as a leader and a demonstrated ability to positively impact student achievement.”

Griffis started her career in education in 1999 as a teacher and quickly moved through the ranks to hold several school and district-wide leadership positions over the course of the last two decades. She says joining the team at SC Prep was the perfect next step in her educational career because the philosophy and approach to learning aligns well with her values as an educator.

“Education is truly an extension of the family and the virtual model at SC Prep allows for parents to really be involved in the educational process,” said Griffis.  “The students love it because they are free to learn and explore at their own pace, and there is so much that can be done to enhance a student’s educational experience when they attend a virtual program.  I’m looking forward to helping shape that experience and grow our virtual charter school community.”

Prior to being selected as SC Prep’s interim executive director, Griffis was head of the school’s Special Education Program, provided professional development for teachers and managed the school’s compliance with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  From 2019 to 2021 Griffis participated in the School Improvement Team at Northside Elementary School where she spearheaded the effort to improve student performance and designed, planned and implemented a special education mentoring program. Prior to that experience Griffis served as a Program Coordinator for Anderson County School District 3.

Griffis has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Special Education from the same school.

SC Prep launched during the 2021-2022 school year as South Carolina’s first online, classical academy.  It is currently enrolling students in 6th through 12th grade for the 2022-2023 school year.  To learn more, visit www.myscprep.org.