Bridging Opportunity & Education

Ansel Sanders, President and CEO of Public Education Partners, wants Greenville to be known as a teaching mecca.

How can we, as a community, ensure that every child graduates ready to take on college, careers and civic responsibility?

It’s a question that Ansel Sanders, president and CEO of Public Education Partners (PEP), works to answer.

The father of three brings tremendous experience to this effort having been a teacher in the trenches himself in Baltimore, by holding a number of administrative roles in the school system locally and being instrumental in the planning for the Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School. Additionally, a three-year stint in the Doctor of Education of Leadership (ED.L.D.) program at Harvard helped Ansel develop broad perspectives on the education sector.

It’s rewarding and invigorating to daily interact with a diverse cross-section of our community – educators and non-educators – who passionately share a common goal of doing right by Greenville kids.

Ansel Sanders

President and CEO of Public Education Partners

Those experiences, both here and away, give Ansel what he calls a ‘practitioner’s lens” to decision-making as he works with an 18-member board and staff of seven. “It’s rewarding and invigorating to daily interact with a diverse cross-section of our community – educators and non-educators – who passionately share a common goal of doing right by Greenville kids,” he says.

Ansel maintains that one of the strongest assets of PEP is its independence from the school system. “Education intermediaries like PEP are hyper-localized; we focus on the school system as critically important for overall community prosperity,” says Ansel. Programs such as OnTrack Greenville, the GATE Teacher Residency programs and Make Summer Count are filling gaps and having impact. The results are well documented.

Part of what enables these efforts to continue is an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Greenville, established in 1998, that helps provide the assistance needed to fulfill PEP’s mission. When asked, “what’s next?” Ansel says, “We want Greenville to be known as a teaching mecca!” With that focus, he contends “Our kids, schools, and ultimately our community, will reap the benefits.”

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