PACE Charter School Staff
Katie Doherty is the Special Education Teacher in the primary school classroom. She is from Massachusetts where she received a masters degree is Severe Disabilities from Simmons College. Katie has expertise in ABA (applied behavioral analysis) and specialized curriculum. She is a big foodie and loves going to local farmers markets. In her free time, she likes to craft and make jewelry.
Gwendolyn Henderson graduated from Gateway College in New Haven, CT with an associate degree in liberal arts. Her work experience includes 25 years of service with children with cognitive disabilities. The mission of PACE is to improve the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities and Gwen values being a part of the teamwork that makes this mission a reality. After recently returning to her home state of South Carolina, a new resident of Charleston, Gwen is enjoying the agreeable weather and the historical aspects of her new home. She is happy to be back in her home state.
Bailley Tomkins is a graduate of West Ashley High School and works as a school-wide assistant at PACE. She assists with office routines, classroom chores, and works throughout the facility to maintain an efficient, organized environment for teachers and students. Bailley enjoys friendships with the students and staff at PACE. When not at work, she likes writing stories, biking, and Anime.
Tina Yonce is a teaching assistant in the secondary classroom at PACE. She recently completed a certificate in Special Education from Trident Technical College and is currently completing her degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Her experience with children with special needs includes home health care, mental/behavioral health, ICU/PICU, and Day Care/Camp for young adults with multiple disabilities. Tina has experience as a pre-school teacher in an inclusive classroom working with children with various disabilities. Tina enjoys working with children to promote independence and daily living skills through a variety of sensory experiences as well as cooking experiences. Personally, Tina enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and her parents, gardening and traveling.
Ryan Locklear is a lead teacher assistant in the high school classroom at PACE and has also worked at Pattison’s Academy Summer Camp. Ryan coordinates a variety of partnership experiences between PACE and community businesses and agencies. He graduated from The Citadel where he earned a degree in Exercise Science. Ryan is in the process of applying to graduate school to meet his career goal of being an occupational therapist. In his work, Ryan often fills a leadership role in the collaborative team experience at PACE. Personally, Ryan enjoys Grey’s Anatomy in his leisure time.
Julie Simpkins has a unique perspective as a teaching assistant here and it shows in her constant commitment to our school. She has a daughter, Emily, that attends here at PACE and is dedicated not only to her but to each and every student in this school. She has an Associates of Applied Science in Legal Administration which couples with her laid back California style that brings a much needed unique vibe here at the school. She enjoys camping and being outdoors as well as spending as much time as possible with her family. She has been at PACE Charter School since February 2015 and plans for her and “Emmy” to stay a part of this wonderful family.
Lisa Williams is a teacher in the secondary classroom at PACE. She graduated from Arcadia University where she earned a bachelors degree in education. She went on to earn a Masters in Special Education at Holy Family University. Her experience with children with special needs includes 9 years of teaching in Philadelphia across 2 districts, numerous ages and classrooms including learning support, life skills, and inclusion settings. She demonstrates an expertise in using children's literature as a framework for instruction and incorporates a data- based approach to teaching and learning in her classroom. When not at work, Lisa enjoys running, kickboxing and spending quality time with her three boys.
Our Transportation Team - Sarah Commodore, Malayshia Kinlaw, Linda Broughton
PACE operates two school buses adapted to transport six children in wheelchairs, with space for three additional people. Our dedicated transportation team is led by Sarah Commodore who is also a driver. The team is completed with Darcus Gadsden, bus driver, and Malayshia Kinlaw, bus assistant. PACE is proud to have this professional team to help us start and end each day.