Who better to talk about choosing a script than a former director and actor herself? Callie Summer—Educational Consultant at Palmetto Fortis—has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Theatre. Callie has directed, designed, adapted, and acted in over a dozen shows at the elementary, high school, and collegiate level, and has toured in a children's show group across the country. She shared insight on how to choose a play that is the best fit for your school and your students.
Meet our Employee of the Month, Alice Brownlee! Alice has a vast amount of experience in the
education field. She has been an Educational Consultant here at Palmetto Fortis for 4 years.
Prior to working here, she served as a kindergarten teacher/administrator for 20 years, as the
ACSI Southeast Early Education Director for 8 years, and as an educational consultant for
ACSI/Purposeful Design for 10 years. We are so thankful for the level of expertise that Alice
brings to our team.
Alice has been happily married to Brad Brownlee for 45 years, and has two kids and 5 beautiful
grandchildren! In her free time, Alice enjoys reading, running, cooking, and working in the yard.
She also serves on a committee that oversees a historical cemetery in the Atlanta area dating
back to 1840.
Alice and her husband also enjoy traveling, being involved in the community, serving at their
church, and seeing their family! Alice’s favorite verse is James 1:17 — “Every good and perfect
gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change
like shifting shadows.” We are so thankful to have Alice as a valuable part of our team here at
Back to School Q&A
Q: What was most important for you when tackling a new school year as a teacher?
A: "BE PREPARED. In my experience there is no such thing as over preparation! Preparation may look different for every teacher and at every grade level, but knowing your scope and sequence before the year begins is crucial to staying on track!"
Q: How do you prepare yourself before the year begins and each day before stepping into the classroom?
A: "The first thing I recommend is to start your morning in the Bible. We need to be in the Word and there is no better way to prepare for the day. The second thing I do to prepare is listen to podcasts in the morning. Learning from professionals in the field is so easy through podcasts and it is so beneficial. To teach others to learn, you have to keep learning yourself."
Q: Any last tips or recommendations for teachers this year?
A: "Over communicate with parents! It is crucial to start communicating early with parents. Don’t wait till a child is far behind, start early! This will help everyone involved, and it will help to build relationships."
Purposeful Design Publications is a Biblically-sourced curriculum company. With more than 30 years of experience, they have a strong reputation for academically sound and Biblically grounded textbooks.
Purposeful Design Publications exists for three main reasons.
1. "To EQUIP teachers with the very best textbooks and resources for their classrooms."
2. "To INSPIRE educators and students to be lifelong learners, spiritually and academically."
3. "To SERVE the Christian school movement effectively."
Meet our Employee of the Month, Josiah Magnuson! Josiah is an educational consultant for Palmetto Fortis, and has been on our team since October of 2020.
Josiah is serving his fourth term as a South Carolina state representative where he was the co-founder of the SC Freedom Caucus. Josiah has used his extensive knowledge and experience to teach a variety of classes on history, science, and American government. Josiah has been happily married to his wife LeeAnne for three years, and in his free time he enjoys writing, hiking, numismatics, and making disciples of Jesus!
His favorite verse is “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)
We are so thankful to have Josiah as part of the team here at Palmetto Fortis!