Moore Scholars Program — School of Education

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  • Reagan Bachour

    Reagan Bachour Cohort: A
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Greenville, SC

    My name is Reagan Bachour, and I have one younger brother and two wonderful parents. I graduated valedictorian from Wade Hampton High School, and in addition to being a Moore Scholar, I am also in the Honors College here at Clemson.

    A major passion of mine, and something that describes me is music. I have played the violin for thirteen years and the piano for seven. Music has always been a major part of my life and continues to be today. It was through music that I was actually introduced to Clemson University. I participated in the All-State Senior Honors Orchestra for three years of high school, and for one of these years the festival was held at Clemson University. I also won the Clemson University Orchestra’s Solo Concerto Competition my junior year of high school and received the opportunity to perform with the Clemson University orchestra.

    Music has always been a major passion of mine, but it was not what I wanted to do with my life. I believed I was called to do something different. Because of this, I enrolled in the Teacher Cadet course (Intro to Education) my junior year of high school. While taking this course, I instantly fell in love with teaching and with the education field.  It was because of my passions for children and leadership that drew me to the Moore Scholars Program. I wanted to invest myself in every educational opportunity available to me concerning my field. This program is giving me insight and opportunities that will greatly help my educational experience.

  • Maddie Butzer

    Maddie Butzer Cohort: A
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

    Growing up, I really had no idea how to answer the question of what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” I knew I loved kids, and that was about it. Throughout middle and high school, I frequently babysat and tutored independently and through my schools’ National Spanish Honor Society. This was something I really enjoyed doing—seeing the results of my instruction directly in front of me in the students’ performances. During my senior year, I spent my spring semester interning in a third grade classroom for 2 hours each morning. Here, I gained a realistic sense of what it would be like as a teacher, and the experience only provided me with more reasoning to pursue education. Furthermore, I gained a strong passion for youth development through a sleep-away summer camp called YMCA Camp Ocoee, a place where I have spent 8 years (and counting) as a camper, volunteer ambassador, and camp counselor. While this was a physically and emotionally taxing experience, this combined with my tutoring are truly what led me to the field of education.

    I grew up with my parents, two sisters, and a golden retriever in New Jersey before relocating to Alpharetta, GA when I was eleven years old.  I have a strong inclination to help children in need, and am highly expectant of what the Moore Scholars Program will bring to the table these next 4 years! Go Tigers!

  • Kayla Davis

    Cohort: A
    Subject: Special Education
    Hometown: St. Charles, IL

    I was raised in the town of St. Charles, Illinois with my Mom, Dad and older brother where I received my K-12 education. My awesome teachers I had throughout the years inspired me to become a teacher which brought me to Clemson University where I am studying to be a special education teacher. I love working with the Special Olympics organization as a coach, which is why I would love to be a special education teacher.

    When I’m not in class, hanging out with friends or cheering for the Tigers, I own a cake decorating business, I am a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority and I love to travel. I am also a part of the Moore Scholars program where I am excited to learn all about the South Carolina school system.


  • Jordanne Harpster

    Jordanne Harpster Cohort: A
    Subject: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Columbia, SC

    My name is Jordanne Harpster. I am originally from Reedsville, Pennsylvania but currently reside in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Spring Valley High School in Columbia and graduated in 2013. I am a Freshman at Clemson where I am Majoring in Elementary Education. Class of 2017! My biggest inspiration to become an educator grew from my love and involvement in service- learning beginning in high school. I was a participant and advocate for service-learning not only for my school district, but on State, National, and International levels, as I was a co-chair for the Richland School District 2 Youth Action Council. I hope to continue to be an active member in service-learning throughout College as well. I was involved in Teacher Cadet in High School and was lucky enough to participate in Teacher Cadet Levels 1 and 2. My experiences as a Teacher Cadet for two years affirmed my decision to become an educator and I am very excited to begin this journey from College to the Classroom.

    Aside from being a Moore Scholar, I am currently involved with the Clemson Water Ski Team and am a Volunteer for the Crossroads Animal Shelter. I am excited for the opportunity to grow as an individual, a leader, and an educator in my four years here at Clemson through the Moore Scholars Program.

  • Sarah Keistler

    Sarah Keistler Cohort: A
    Subject: Mathematics, Secondary Education
    Hometown: Clover, South Carolina

    My name is Sarah Keistler and I grew up in Clover, South Carolina. My parents are Gregg and Laura Keistler. I have a sister, Anna who is three years younger than me. I lived in Clover my entire life. I have always wanted to be a teacher from a young age. As I grew up my love for teaching also grew. In high school I was involved in Teacher Cadets. I was also a teacher assistant to a math teacher at my high school. These experiences gave me hands on experience with teaching. This made me want to be a teacher even more. I am so excited about being at Clemson and being apart of the Moore’s Scholar program. I know that I will receive the best education and training here to become an amazing teacher.

  • Hailea Ringer

    Hailea Ringer Cohort: A
    Subject: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Hartsville, SC

    My name is Hailea Ringer, and I am an elementary education major at Clemson University. I am originally from Hartsville, South Carolina and am the eldest of four children. My parents, Tim and Mandy Ringer are absolutely wonderful and I have three great siblings: Cassi, Blake, and Joseph. Family is one of the things I value most in my life.

    I graduated as valedictorian and with a full IB diploma from Hartsville High School on June 5, 2013. In high school I was involved in several clubs, as well as a competition tap dancer and an Honors Chorus singer. I have always wanted to attend Clemson University. My mom and two of my uncles attended Clemson University. When I toured the summer before my senior year, it just felt like home. The old saying, “There’s something in those hills” really rang true in my heart that summer when I stepped onto campus. So, when I received my acceptance letter on Christmas Eve of last year, I did not have to think about college anymore, my decision was made: I was going to Clemson University.

    I am so very excited to be a part of the Moore Scholars program! I feel as though it will teach us all many very valuable lessons on teaching. My greatest inspiration in becoming a teacher is Mrs. Coward, my high school history teacher. She exemplifies to me what a great teacher is and she has inspired me to become a role model for students like she is for me. I am so excited to begin this incredible journey to become a teacher with the first cohort of the Moore Scholars Program!

  • Jacob Schlachte

    Jacob Schlachte Cohort: A
    Subject: Special Education
    Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

    My name is Jacob Schlachte. I was born and raised in Pleasanton CA.  Pleasanton is a suburb of San Francisco in the place known as the East Bay Area. I attended Amador Valley High School and graduated in the class of 2013.

    While in high school I did a lot of volunteering working with students. For years I had worked as a councilor at my church’s local vacation bible school. I also spent time during the summer of 2013 volunteering as a camp counselor for the Exploring New Horizons foundation. I was in charge of a cabin of 9 very rowdy fifth grade boys. While the week was one of the most tiring of my life, I’m very happy that I did it. I’ve also volunteered as an after school teacher. Over the course of two years I’ve been in charge of numerous children ranging from second to fourth grade. My years spent as an after school teacher were what inspired me to pursue teaching as a career. I look forward to continuing my work in education through the Moore Scholars program. I believe strong teachers are the best way to prepare children for the future, and the Moore Scholars program will produce quality teachers that students need.

  • Rebekah Wales

    Rebekah Wales Cohort: A
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Seneca, SC

    My name is Rebekah Wales. Both my mother and my grandmother were teachers, so I guess you could say it is in my blood. As a child, I attended Northside Elementary school and loved every minute of it. At Northside, I felt like I was in a community with all of my friends taking in all sorts of new information. I then attended middle school where I made the C-Team volleyball team. This was the start of a long career of volleyball. In middle school, I took the highest classes offered and felt pretty comfortable with those. Then when I transitioned to Seneca High School and started taking Honors and AP level classes. Most of these classes challenged me and got me ready to embark on my journey at Clemson University.

    There are many things that I enjoy doing in my free time. The biggest hobby I have is playing volleyball. As I said before, I started playing volleyball in the 7th grade and I continued this hobby through my senior year of high school, when I was the captain of the varsity volleyball team.  Another regular activity I pursued growing up was being a part of my church’s youth group, which I participated in from 7th grade to my senior year of high school.

    I am passionate about teaching and being with children. I am super excited to be a part of the first cohort of Moore’s Scholars and cannot wait for what these next four years at Clemson have in store for me and the Moore’s Scholars Program!

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