About Us

We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(3)c, volunteer organization. We are literacy advocates, providing 2 hours each week of free tutoring for school-age children to adults who struggle with basic reading, writing, and math.

Our Mission: Literacy

Our mission is to improve the literacy of youth and adults in our community by teaching/tutoring basic literacy skills for those who struggle with reading, writing and math.

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Our Purpose and Vision

Making an impact, through literacy, on our community

Our purpose is to provide free tutoring to school-age children and adults who struggle with reading, writing or math. We will significantly impact the literacy rates in Horry County through volunteers working one-to-one with our clients using strength-based language and evidence-based instructional materials and strategies.

Our vision is to produce higher literacy rates in Horry County and be the center of the community for literacy education and training.

Our Core Values

What is T.E.A.C.H.?

We build trusting relationships with our students and our volunteers. We are a secular organization that welcomes all. We believe trust is the foundation for every relationship and we work hard to maintain it.

We pride ourselves in providing excellence in instruction through our well-trained volunteers and the high-quality programs we use. Our founding members are educators with extensive experience and research in the areas of learning.

We work on accountability consistently.

Our Board of Directors meetings are open to the public and are held at libraries throughout Horry County. Our “home” library is Chapin Memorial Library. Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Our volunteers report the progress of their students on the 1st of every month.

We are listed on GuideStar as well. GuideStar is “an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.”

Palmetto Literacy Council partners with several organizations throughout Horry County. We look for partners where we can help their constituents and they can help us. Our list of PARTNERS is growing.

We believe in honesty and integrity in everything we do. Our goal is to be transparent and open. We have no secrets and we hold confidentiality as a cornerstone of what we do.

literacy advocate Dr. Dodi Hodges

Dr. Dodi Hodges

Dr. Hodges is an author, educator, & speaker. She was a founding member of Palmetto Literacy Council. She is passionate about children and adults learning to read, write, and do math. Her life and career have centered around those who struggle with learning and finding ways for everyone to learn.

She has been a teacher educator at Coastal Carolina University, Bowling Green State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, & Western Michigan University. Her research has included implementing strategies in reading & mathematics for struggling learners.

Dr. Hodges’ extensive experience includes: tenured Associate Professor at Coastal Carolina University, Director of CeTEAL (faculty development center at CCU), tenure-line faculty member at Bowling Green State University, the Disabilities and Mental Health Coordinator a county Head Start program, a consultant for the Michigan Head Start Association, a special educator for children with behavioral and emotional issues, and a corporate trainer.

Dr. Hodges earned her Master’s degree and Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington focusing on organizational change through collaboration/teaming, leadership, & curriculum & instruction.

literacy advocate Preston McKever Floyd

Dr. Preston McKever-Floyd, Ph.D.

Preston L. McKever-Floyd is the Founder and C.E.O. of the Dr. Preston L. McKever-Floyd Youth Sports Academy in Monrovia, Liberia. This sports academy is incorporated with the Liberian government as an International Non-Governmental Organization. The priority of the academy is the education of the youth of Liberia, using soccer as a vehicle for teaching life and leadership skills. At this point, the academy is an after-school, weekend, and summer program. Our goal is to become a fully functioning educational facility serving Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

In December 2015, Dr. McKever-Floyd retired after thirty-five years as a Professor and two years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC. During his tenure, he co-founded the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. He also was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the field of African-American Literature and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, African-American Literature, and Religious Studies.

Preston McKever-Floyd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Virginia State University, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, an ABD in Religion and Literature from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina.

literacy advocate Shawna Halbert Roessler

Shawna Halbert Roessler

Shawna Halbert Roessler is an English professor. She received both her B.A. and M.A.T. from Coastal Carolina University. Ms. Roessler serves with the First-Year Writing Program team. She has two published poems, “Ars Poetica” and “Midnight in Dogtown.”

A certified, card-carrying word nerd, Ms. Roessler likes to paint, garden, and aspires to drive the bookmobile for the county library. She has worked as a researcher for various projects including the Horry County Oral History Archive and Dr. Deborah Breede’s collaboration, “Absence, Revision, and the Other: Rhetorics of South Carolina Antebellum Tourism Sites.”

Currently, Ms. Roessler is writing a poetry collection titled All Over the Margin. She lives in Conway, South Carolina with her husband and cat. She can be contacted at [email protected]

literacy advocate Jeanne Bogart

Jeanne Bogart

Jeanne Bogart is a retired Middle School Educator. She taught Math, Science and Reading in Baltimore County, Maryland. While teaching in Baltimore County, she was recognized as a Teacher of the Year on two separate occasions. She also served as a Trainer in the “Teachers Teaching Teachers” Program, was a New Teacher Mentor, and was actively involved in the Outdoor Education Program (teaching students to appreciate the outdoors and the environment) and the “JASON PROJECT” at the National Geographic. During the Summers, she was an educator in the Living Classrooms Program (taking students for week-long stays on a skipjack to seed oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay), a Teacher Educator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and at the Baltimore Zoo.

Jeanne received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, NY and her Master’s Degree in Education and Curriculum from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD.

Jeanne is one of the founding members of the Palmetto Literacy Council. Her involvement in the Council stems from her love of reading and her desire to see students succeed. She believes that all students can succeed, they just need to connect with the right teacher using the right tools.

Denise Steglich McLean​

Denise Steglich McLean

Denise McLean is the administrative assistant/paralegal with the South Carolina Supreme Court, office of Justice Kaye G. Hearn.  She has been employed by the Supreme Court for eleven years. Throughout most of her career, Denise has been employed by the South Carolina Judicial Branch.  Prior to joining the staff of Justice Kaye Hearn, she was employed by the South Carolina Court of Appeals, where she held a paralegal position while working for Judge Jasper Cureton for fifteen years.  Denise has held positions in various law firms in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Denise received her Associates Degree from Queensborough Community College in Queens, NY, and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Queens College in Queens, NY.  She earned her Paralegal Degree from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.

Denise McLean enjoys traveling (domestic and international), cycling and cooking.

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Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes is a CPA who joined the Palmetto Literacy Council in 2019 as a founding Board Member. He currently is employed as a CPA at the firm of King and Godbold, where he provides tax advice and financial services to a wide range of clients.

As a native of a small town in Northern Arkansas, Jimmy earned two B.S. degrees from Arkansas Tech University in 2000 and 2002, respectively. After a short time working at a small accounting practice, he went back to school and earned a Masters of Accountancy Degree from the University of Arkansas in 2016. 

Jimmy enjoys sports, traveling, and spending time with his wife.

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