PRE Welcomes New Leaders
July 9, 2018
Mr. Kenneth Brazell
Kenny Brazell grew up in Lugoff, South Carolina. Beyond graduation, he attended Lee University, a small college just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary English, with a minor in Bible History and Youth and Christian Education, he received his Master's Degree and Specialist's Degree in Administration and Curriculum from Tennessee Technological University...good ol' Tennessee Tech. Thereafter, he began his teaching career in 2001 as a English, Language, and Literature Teacher at Northwest Whitfield High School in North Georgia. In 2007, he decided to move back home to South Carolina, and I became an 8th Grade ELA Teacher at White Knoll Middle School. While there, he served as the English Department Chairperson, the male single gender classroom teacher, a member of the School Improvement Council, and student tutor.
In 2014, he began his career in administration at Pelion Elementary School and has found a distinct joy for the elementary level! Now, four years later, he is proud to say he is now a member of the family of PREMIER Richland School District Two to serve as Assistant Principal at Polo Road Elementary.
His areas of certification and training include several areas, which are Middle Level ELA Certification, Secondary ELA Certification, Elementary and Secondary Administration, as well as teaching gifted and talented students, teaching single gender students, co-teaching secondary model, as well as trained evaluator for SC Teacher Evaluation System ...just to name a few.
He truly enjoys the study of history, reading, spending time at the beach and traveling. He's the proud father of a son, 15, and a daughter, 9. He constantly hangs his hat on the fact that they make life fun and exciting! He attests that he is blessed beyond measure to not only be a parent, but also to have the opportunity to help serve and prepare our next generation of great leaders, thinkers, and world changers.
Mrs. Liz Lawrence-Baez
Dual Language Immersion Lead TeacherLiz Lawrence-Baez received a Bachelor of Arts in German, minor in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Dual Language and Immersion Education from the University of Minnesota. She comes to Richland School District Two as the Dual Language Immersion Lead Teacher after working in Lexington School District One for the past eight years. During her tenure in Lexington One, she taught Spanish and German in their FLES programs, served as the Lead Teacher for World Languages, and taught Kindergarten/1st Grade German Immersion. Prior to teaching in Lexington One, she was the Managing Director for Triple P America, an evidence-based parenting program.
Lawrence-Baez is also an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina. A strong advocate for bilingual education and social justice, she engages with many local, regional, and national leaders in the the Dual Language and Immersion education field to build strong and equitable programs. Her professional interests focus on teacher training, specifically international teachers, and biliteracy development among immersion students. She is a member of and has served as the President the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers’ Association. Additionally, she is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the American Association of Teachers of German.