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LaWanda Felder appointed Executive Director of PSSCA

Published on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

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A Cross Elementary staff member has been selected to fill an important role with a state association that supports school counseling.

LaWanda Felder has been appointed the Palmetto State School Counselor Association’s (PSSCA) new Executive Director. This is a role that Felder will serve in addition to her role as school counselor at Cross Elementary.

This is Felder’s second time applying for the position. She has been active with the PSSCA’s board for about 13 years – though she has been a member for even longer. She has served as president of the association, as well as other capacities.

She is in her 25th year at Cross Elementary and is a current Adjust Professor at South Carolina State University.

The position lasts two years and Felder has the option to later apply again. Felder will oversee the association when it comes to managing different committees, and also oversee the association’s budget.

“It’s pretty much overseeing the entire association when it comes to all the work that has to get done,” she said.

The mission of the PSSCA is to advance the profession of school counseling. Felder will connect with a lot of people around the state with her new role, and the networking opportunities will be beneficial to teachers and school counselors throughout the state.

Felder said being a part of the PSSCA promotes leadership skills.

“There’s a lot to be gained by being a member,” she said.

Felder’s goals are to grow the association and to gain more diversity in the dynamics of its governing board.

Felder grew up in Eutawville. She earned her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, FL, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

She loves being a school counselor at Cross Elementary, describing the area as a tightknit community. Her role fills an early childhood dream to become “a doctor who works with children.” She is very involved at the school and enjoys showing support for her students by trying to attend sporting events and community programs they participate in.

“I really think I have the best job in the world,” she said.

In her spare time, she enjoys staying active by walking 3-4 miles every morning. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor and hosts classes twice a week in Eutawville.

Monica Kreber