Deborah Belflower served as a consultant for Women-in-Charge while she taught at Moultrie Middle School for 20 years. During that time, she introduced the girls to marine ecology in the salt marsh and kayaking on Shem Creek. One of the highlights of this experience was working with a real world female scientist at the University of Florida. The girls harvested Spartina grass and helped conduct an investigation into why the marshes were dying off.
In the fall of 2014 Mrs. Belflower moved to the upstate and began teaching 7th grade Science at Seneca Middle School. She initiated a new branch of Women-in-Charge after seeing the need for the 7th and 8th grade girls to realize their potential in the fields of math and science. She meets with forty-four Seneca Middle School girls on a daily basis for 30 minutes. Guest speakers have included a female fishing guide and an optometrist. She is very excited to be a part of Women-in-Charge from the mountains to the sea.
Mrs. Belflower received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Georgia. She has a Masters in Middle Grades Education plus thirty hours towards my Doctorate. In addition she is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence Science. In the past she has served on the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program (SCOEP) board in charge of curriculum and served as a curriculum consultant with the South Carolina Ports Authority. Mrs. Belflower’s is a “Trout in the Classroom” teacher sponsored by Trout Unlimited which offers the opportunity to raise rainbow trout in the classroom.