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Moore Scholars Program — School of Education

Meet the Scholars

Cohort A

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  • Reagan Bachour

    Reagan Bachour 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 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

    Kayla Davis Major: 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. GO TIGERS!

  • Jordanne Harpster

    Jordanne Harpster Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Columbia, SC

    My name is Jordanne Harpster. I am originally from Reedsville, Pennsylvania and attended Middle and High School in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Spring Valley High School in Columbia and graduated in 2013. After High School my family moved to Ridgeway, SC on the beautiful Lake Wateree where I currently reside! I am a Sophomore 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 have also worked as a YMCA swim instructor and lifeguard for the past 4 years. Additionally, my experiences as a Teacher Cadet for two years affirmed my decision to become an educator. 

    Aside from being a Moore Scholar, I am currently involved with the goalPOST afterschool program at Lafrance Elementary School in Pendelton, SC and am a Volunteer for the Crossroads Animal Shelter and a member of the Clemson Scuba Diving Program. In my spare time I love to spend time on the lake or with my two dogs.

    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!

  • Hailea Ringer

    Hailea Ringer Major: 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 in 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 these 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 my senior 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 Cohort A of the Moore Scholars program! We are learning many great lessons that will surely benefit us when we enter our own classrooms. 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 continue this incredible journey to become a teacher with the first cohort of the Moore Scholars Program!

  • Jacob Schlachte

    Jacob Schlachte Major: 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 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 Scholars and cannot wait to continue on in my college career and as a Moore Scholar. 

Cohort B

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  • Isabella Arias

    Isabella Arias Major: Secondary Education Mathematics
    Hometown: Greenville, SC

    Hey, I’m Izzie!  I come from a family of six where our Christian faith is something about which we are passionate!  I have a sister who will be a senior here at Clemson this fall. I have lived in Greenville, SC all my life.

    As I started my college search, I told my family “I’m not going to Clemson.” I left my acceptance letter untouched for about 3 months as I pursued other options. Now, I’m attending Clemson, and I could not be more excited. It has a unique spirit, opportunity, and community, and I am happy to be a part of it.

    I am also really excited about the opportunity to be part of the Moore Scholars. I have always wanted to be a teacher—specifically for high school students—because teachers have a huge opportunity to mentor their students. By choosing to teach math, I hope to take the subject most students just try to pass and help them achieve much more than they even knew they could- and even enjoy it along the way! I am happy to finally be in Tiger Town and start my journey as part of the Moore Scholars Program. Go Tigers!

  • Kimberly Clay

    Kimberly Clay Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Rome, GA

    My name is Kimberly Clay and I have 4 siblings, Rhian, Peter, Katie, and Molly, and 2 supportive parents. Family is my number one priority and I would not be here if it was not for their support and care.

    My biggest passion is choral performance. I served all four years of my high school career in the advanced choral ensembles and recently won second for our regions literary soloist competition. My family and I started a non-profit anti-bullying group called "Out{cast}s" and we traveled around local elementary schools and libraries and preformed original scripts portraying the message that bullying is not good. There is nothing more rewarding than having children approach you saying that you have changed their lives and opinions on the subject.

    I am very excited to begin my journey at Clemson University as a Moore Scholar.

  • Kristen Dudek

    Kristen Dudek Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Pelham, NY

    My name is Kristen Dudek, and I am from Pelham, NY, a suburb of New York City. I graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in the class of 2014, and I am in the Honors College at Clemson as well as a Moore Scholar.

    I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a young age, and that desire has only increased as I have grown. I have had many experiences working with children, from being a camp counselor for my church's camp to tutoring for National Honor Society, but ultimately it was my passion for teaching music that helped me decide my career path. I have played the violin since I was three years old, and was given the opportunity in high school to teach elementary and middle school students private violin lessons. This experience reinforced my eagerness to work with children and helped me to realize that teaching truly is my calling. I am very excited to be a part of the Moore Scholars program and cannot wait to see what these next four years have in store!

  • Martha Hayes

    Martha Hayes Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Mount Prospect, Illinois

    My name is Martha Hayes. I was born and raised in Mount Prospect, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I have one older brother, a younger sister, and two parents. My favorite activities are swimming and playing softball.

    I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember because I love helping people and enjoy being around children. I love babysitting and have spent three summers teaching swimming lessons. I have gained an appreciation for watching kids develop and understand concepts. I am excited to further my passion for teaching at Clemson as a part of the Moore Scholars Program.

  • Josiah Hulsey

    Josiah Hulsey Major: Secondary Education History
    Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC

    My name is Josiah Hulsey. I lived in Savannah, Georgia until I was in the seventh grade. We then moved to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, which is right outside Charleston. I have lived there since then and graduated Wando High School in June of 2014.

    My Dad has been an educator for the majority of my life, whether as an administrator or teacher, which is probably what first made me think about being a teacher. My tenth grade year, I had an English class that I really enjoyed and a teacher that was a huge inspiration to me, so I thought I would be an English teacher. In the years to follow, however, I realized that English was not truly my passion. I then began thinking and realized that Social Studies was really the subject I might most enjoy teaching. During high school, I got many opportunities to work with students. I participated in Teacher Cadet in the fall semester of my senior year, which confirmed that I really did want to be a teacher. I also worked extensively in my church’s youth group as a student leader and on mission trips with inner city children.

    I look forward to being part of the Moore Scholars Program!

  • Megan Kee

    Megan Kee Major: Secondary Education Mathematics
    Hometown: Rock Hill, SC

    My name is Megan Kee, and I am incredibly excited to be a part of Cohort B of the Moore Scholars! I grew up in Central Florida, but I currently reside in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I graduated from Northwestern High School with Highest Honors in 2014 as an IB Diploma Candidate. There I spent four years discovering my passion for serving the community and teaching.

    At Northwestern I was a part of three choirs, as well as a member of Beta Club, National Honors Society, and Olympians, and was the Vice President of Environmental Science Club, as well as Junior Civitans. I was also the President of the school’s Friends of Rachel, an anti-bullying club, and the Future Business Leaders of America. Through my involvement in all these groups, I was constantly working in the community with different groups of people, and was in no way willing to give up all my service in college. Beyond just community service, I spent a great deal of time tutoring students from Algebra up to Calculus, and there’s no doubt about it, education has my heart.

  • Victoria Oswald

    Victoria Oswald Major: Secondary Education History
    Hometown: Lexington, SC

    My name is Victoria Oswald. I was raised in Lexington, South Carolina in the little town of Red Bank. I have one younger sister and two fabulous parents. I attended White Knoll High School and graduated in May 2014.

    I've always struggled with figuring out what I'm called to do with my life. I always had some inkling that I wanted to be a teacher as I played school with my sister and neighbors. That small desire to teach grew as I got older and through assisting in the religious education program at my church and completing the Teacher Cadet course at my high school, I can confidently say I am meant to teach. The wonderful teachers that I have had, along with the opportunities that I've had to "get my feet wet" in teaching already, have shown me how much of a blessing it is to inspire the minds of others and just how important a good teacher is in the life of a student. I hope to one day give to my students the same passion for learning that my teachers have instilled in me. I am so excited to be a member of the Moore Scholars program at Clemson as I know it will help to give me all that I need to be an incredible teacher! Go Tigers!

  • Molly Peterson

    Molly Peterson Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Seabrook Island, SC

    My name is Molly Peterson. I am originally from Wheaton, Illinois but I moved to Seabrook Island, South Carolina after my senior year in high school. I attended Wheaton North High School.

    I have always loved working with kids. My freshman year, I started a summer dance camp with two of my friends. What started as a neighborhood camp grew into a summer camp that kids over one hundred kids from my hometown area attend. There are three different age groups, ranging from three to thirteen, and each group learns a dance that they get to perform for their parents at the end of the week. Although it can be a tiring week working with the energetic six, seven, and eight year olds, it is my favorite week of the summer because I get to share my passion for dance with little girls and watch them grow and make friendships throughout the week. It is truly a rewarding feeling. In addition to dance camp, I also tutored and was a nanny to kids throughout high school. I am very excited to be able to pursue my dream of being a teacher at Clemson University and can't wait to see what the Moore Scholars Program has in store for me!

  • Rachel Rogers

    Rachel Rogers Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Plano, TX

    My name is Rachel Rogers. I graduated from Plano West Senior High School in Plano, TX in 2014. My favorite classes in high school were always English and PALS, because I love to read and I love volunteering.

    I'm majoring in Special Education, and I'm very excited to begin my college career at Clemson University and have the opportunity to participate in the Moore Scholars program. I want to be a special needs teacher because I love how happy and excited the kids are all the time. They always smile and see the best in things, and to me that's a very admirable outlook on life and I hope it rubs off on me more. Also, I want to be able to make a difference in their lives, be able to teach them new things and watch my students learn and grow.

    I look forward to joining the Moore Scholars Program!

  • Kelsey Sauer

    Chesney Thomas Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Walhalla, SC

    Hi, my name is Kelsey Sauer. I was originally born in Anderson, IN, but moved to Menomonee Falls, WI at the age of two. As much as I loved the mid-west, being down south for the past ten years has changed my mind. I have become a southern girl. I have one older sister, one younger sister, and supportive parents.

    I was a cheerleader for five years at Walhalla High School, but also really enjoy spending time on the lake, hiking, and doing anything that will get me outdoors. South Carolina is one of the best places to participate in outdoor activities and that is one of the many reasons I decided to come to Clemson. I grew up wanting to be a lawyer like my mother; it was not until my junior year of high school that I found a love for teaching. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Moore Scholar program here at Clemson, and I cannot wait to see what my next four years have in store!

  • Chesney Thomas

    Chesney Thomas Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Ninety-Six, SC

    My name is Chesney Thomas. I am the daughter of two amazing parents, Lester and London Thomas, Jr. I am the middle sibling of five girls. I am from a really small historic town called Ninety Six, SC.

    Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to become a teacher. I remember getting home from school running to my grandma’s house changing into my “teacher outfit” and teaching her everything I had learned in school that day. My love for teaching grew even more when I decided to be a part of Teacher Cadet at my school. In this program I mentored students in Primary and Elementary School. My desire and passion to teach was affirmed during this experience.

    I know that through the Moore’s Scholar program, I will come to love teaching even more. I’m so excited to be a Clemson Tiger and to receive the best education I can so that I can positively impact the world through education and make it a better place.

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