Emily Paul

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Emily Paul

2019 NACSA Leader

Chief Program Officer, South Carolina Public Charter School District

Emily joined the SC Public Charter School District in 2015 as a coordinator of special education. Since then, she has advanced to the Director of Special Education, the Executive Director of School Operations, and now serves as the Chief Program Officer. In her current role, Emily is responsible for the implementation and oversight of all state and federal programs as well as the district’s access and equity initiatives.

Emily and her team walk the line between supporting schools as their LEA and engaging in accountability activities as their authorizer. Emily entered the charter world in one of SCPCSD’s charter schools, Lowcountry Montessori School. There, she developed the special education program in their opening year, started the school’s special education programs on a strong footing, and was recognized as the school’s teacher of the year. Prior to that, she worked as a special education teacher in South Carolina and in Ohio public schools.

Emily received her BS in special education from Miami University, in Oxford Ohio, and her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.


Most Recent Posts
One of Our “COVID Keepers”: Putting Communities First in Public Charter Schools
This blog post was written by Joanna Hightower and Shira Woolf Cohen, Founding Partners, Innovageous.  In March 2020, brick and mortar public charter schools were suddenly forced to operate as virtual...
Colorado HB1295: When Everyone But the Impacted Community Determines Education Policy for the Community
When is a public charter school in the community’s interest? Community can mean different things to different people of course, but generally NACSA believes that engaging community and gauging community needs to...
Biden’s FY2022 Budget and What It Means for Charter Schools & Authorizing
On Friday, May 28th, the Biden administration released their proposed budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which is set to begin on October 1, 2021 and run through September 30,...