Keisha Bentley, Education Specialist
Keisha Bentley joined S²TEM Centers SC in 2023 as an Education Specialist. The impetus of this new venture began with the culmination of a fourteen-year career in public school education.
Dually certified to teach in the states of South Carolina and New York, Keisha began her teaching career in the Upstate of South Carolina as a high school science teacher. Here, she taught honors and college preparatory biology and served as the team leader of the SAFE-T teacher evaluation team. She later relocated to New York where she taught AP biology and forensic science in a private yeshiva. She later went on to teach living environment in a public school. After four years in New York, she returned home to teach the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical sciences pathway at a career and technical education (CTE) school. Her final years in the classroom were spent teaching seventh grade science.
Keisha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Erskine College, Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Anderson University, and Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from the Morehouse School of Medicine. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Health Administration from the Morehouse School of Medicine. She holds certifications in secondary administration in South Carolina, AP biology, AP psychology, PLTW (Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, and Biomedical Innovation), and holds the South Carolina Gifted and Talented endorsement. She has also engaged in academic literature pursuits. She co-authored a publication on improving diversity in the biotechnology sector and is currently working on two additional papers for publication.
Of her years in education, one of the joys she has experienced lies in seeing students thrive, achieve their maximum potential, and make connections between their lives and the content they learn. Keisha desires to see students expand their academic horizons in STEM. She also desires to work collaboratively with teachers and other internal stakeholders to realize a fully equitable approach to STEM education across South Carolina.