EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT
Amanda Darden, Chair
CERRA Board of Directors
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), I am pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Dr. Jenna Hallman. Jenna is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director and will assume the new position on July 1, 2021.
Dr. Hallman was born and raised in Coventry, Connecticut. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education from UofSC-Upstate and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Clemson University. She also holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.
Dr. Hallman started teaching in 1999, achieved National Board (NB) Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2002, and successfully renewed her NB Certification in 2012. Most of her classroom teaching career was spent teaching second grade at Calhoun Academy of the Arts in Anderson County School District Five. She finished her time at Calhoun Academy as the school science specialist. While in Anderson County School District Five, she worked on curriculum writing teams, provided professional development focused on science and math instruction, directed the District’s Camp Invention program, mentored early career educators, and hosted interns from local universities.
Dr. Hallman initially came to CERRA to serve a year-long residency as the 2008-2009 SC Teacher of the Year. Following this residency, she assumed the role of Program Director for Teaching Fellows and National Board support and later added CERRA's Mentoring and Induction and Teacher Leadership programs to her list of responsibilities. Along with her Program Director duties, Jenna served as the Assistant Executive Director from 2012 until she was named Interim Executive Director in March 2021.
Jane Turner, CERRA’s long-time Executive Director, has stepped down from the Executive Director position, effective March 1, 2021. She will stay on staff at CERRA in a support capacity until her full retirement in August 2021.
Dr. Jenna Hallman, CERRA’s Assistant Director, has been named Interim Executive Director, also effective March 1, 2021.
The South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA) is seeking a dynamic and innovative Executive Director. CERRA was established in 1985 by the SC General Assembly, through the SC Commission on Higher Education, upon the passage of the Education Improvement Act. CERRA is funded annually by the South Carolina General Assembly and is considered to be the oldest and most established teacher recruitment program in the country. CERRA’s mission is to provide state-wide leadership in identifying, attracting, placing, and retaining well-qualified individuals for the teaching profession in South Carolina. CERRA is designed to be an independent, strategic, flexible, and innovative force that unifies efforts to enhance the teaching profession in South Carolina. To fulfill its mission, CERRA facilitates collaborations with other state agencies, professional organizations, universities, Pk-12 public schools, and the business community.
CERRA supports a variety of programs and services aimed to increase the number of students in the education pipeline and to recruit and retain qualified, caring, and competent teachers for the state of South Carolina. The Center’s target groups are middle (the ProTeam program) and high school students (the Teacher Cadet and Teaching Fellows Programs), college students, and adults interested in changing careers. CERRA also targets groups of accomplished teachers through programs including mentoring and induction, teacher leadership, and National Board Certification support. Services directed toward public school districts include the annual Educator Supply and Demand Survey, the Online Educator Employment System, statewide teacher expos and the Rural Recruitment Initiative.
The CERRA Board of Directors serves as the chief advisory and governing body for CERRA and advocates for the teaching profession in the areas of teacher recruitment, retention, and advancement. The CERRA Executive Director is employed, supervised, and evaluated by the Board of Directors on recommendation from the Board’s Executive Committee. The Board is comprised of 22 members who represent the various constituents—PK-12, higher education, professional organizations, business, and legislature.
CERRA offices are located in the Stewart House on the Winthrop University campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Winthrop University serves as the fiscal agent for CERRA.
Position Availability: July 1, 2021
Application Deadline: March 19, 2021. Application materials received after this date may be considered if an acceptable candidate has not been selected.
1. Submit the following materials:
Note: Applications will only be considered when all required materials are received. Additional materials may be requested during the review process.
2. Applications must be submitted electronically, including all supporting material. This application is now closed.
Additional information about the SC Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement may be found at www.cerra.org.
Inquiries should be directed to:
Amanda Darden, Chair, CERRA Board of Directors
Coastal Carolina University
CERRA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. CERRA is committed to building a diverse educational environment. Individuals from under-represented groups or with experience working with under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.