MS. SHERYN BILLUE
Sheryn Billue is a 10th-12th grade Mathematics teacher at Lexington High School in Lexington School District One. She worked as a Staff Meteorologist for the United States Air Force and discovered her love for teaching while volunteering at a local high school. Billue’s experience in the military made her aware of the need for more women in technical fields. She addresses this need through her role as a mentor to young women and participation in programs like “Aspirations in Computing” that aims to increase female participation in technology careers.
Sheryn was the 2017 Lexington School District One Teacher of the Year. She was also named a 2017 South Carolina Honor Roll Teacher.
Dr. Stephen Peters
Over his 33 years in education, Stephen has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of secondary education. Most of his experiences have been in schools that made significant growth in short periods of time thus, resulting in both National and State Blue-Ribbon distinction. Stephen is founder of the nationally recognized Gentlemen’s & Ladies Club programs which provide options for thousands of at-risk and honor students throughout the United States. Dr. Peters, a best-selling author of several books, served as principal-in-residence at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School during the 2015-2016 school year in South Carolina when there was a need to do so and is now the superintendent of the Laurens County School District 55 in South Carolina, his home state.
Stephen’s book, Choosing to Believe: Creating a Framework for School Success (Peters Group Foundation), is an award winning finalist for the 2010 International Book Awards. This educational tool provides a comprehensive framework for school improvement. He is also author of the best-selling books, Do You Know Enough about Me to Teach Me (Peters Group Foundation) and Teaching to Capture and Inspire all Learners (Corwin Press). Both books are used throughout the U.S. as effective tools for changing and sustaining school culture. Stephen is a contributing author for the Educational Leadership series Engaging Every Learner (Corwin Press). In his book Inspired to Learn: Why We Must Give Children Hope (Rising Sun Publishing), Stephen not only outlines his vision for the children in our schools he goes on to share how he and his staff turned their vision into operational strategies.
Peters has served on panels as an education expert with former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige in Washington, D.C. He also serves on university and educational advisory boards.
His mentoring and self-empowering program, The Gentlemen’s Club, has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as “America, America,” which broadcasts to two million viewers in Portugal and Brazil.
Dr. Peters received his B.S. from Hampton University, his M.Ed. from Old Dominion University and his Ed.D. from South Carolina State University. Stephen is one of the most sought after speakers in the United States and specializes in building effective, school climate/cultures.