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.