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Scott Johnson
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My name is Scott Johnson and this will be my eighteenth year of teaching and my sixth year of teaching at the Center for Inquiry. I am from Fresno, CA but originally grew up in the Los Angeles area. I am have been married for ten years to Malisa Johnson who teaches fourth grade in Richland / Lexington Five School District. I have three children ages 9 (Emily) and 5 year old twins (Elsie and Eli). In my spare time I enjoy reading, riding my mountain bike, running when I have the chance, watching soccer with my kids, fishing, and listening to music.
My family and I moved from California to South Carolina in 2005 so I could begin work on a Ph.D in Language and Literacy at the University of South Carolina. Currently I am writing my dissertation and hope to finished soon! While I didn’t expect to go back into the classroom after my doctoral coursework, when a position opened at the Center seven years ago, I jumped at the possibility of growing professionally as an inquiry-based educator and working within a like-minded community of inquirers.
I have a Master of Education in Reading and Language Arts and I am highly qualified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have taught 1st to 5th grade in a variety of settings including single graded classrooms, looping, and multi-age. I have taught undergraduate and graduate course in education as an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Carolina.

Emily Whitecotton
Ms. Whitecotton's Class Blog

I'm incredibly lucky to live and learn in a school with such a strong commitment to authentic inquiry and a caring community. I'm starting my second year at the Center and 9th year as an elementary teacher. I am from the Columbia area and have lived here all my life. I attended the University of South Carolina for my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and my Masters in Language and Literacy. I am currently taking courses toward a PhD in Language and Literacy at USC as well.
When I have some free time, I enjoy practicing yoga and playing around on my guitar. I also make sure to set aside some time each year for hiking, camping, swimming and even some kayaking because I love being in nature. My dog Eve and I enjoy spending time by the pond in the backyard in the evenings. In addition to all that outside time, I love reading, writing, and creating other types of art as well. I am grateful everyday to have the opportunity to spend my days with my Center for Inquiry family.

Amanda Blake

Mrs. Blake's Classroom Site

Hi, my name is Amanda Blake.  The 2016-17 school year marks my 12th year of teaching, and my 6th year at CFI.
Before I was a South Carolinian, I lived in Mesa, Arizona.  There I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education.  Many of my family members still live in Arizona and I enjoy visiting the desert whenever I get the chance!  After moving to South Carolina and beginning my journey at CFI, I returned to school and earned my Master's Degree from UNC - Greensboro.
My husband and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, and together spend our free time finding new trails to run on with our dog, Joey.


Brandon Foote
Mr. Foote's Class Blog

Mr. Foote is beginning his sixth year at the Center. He earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina in 2009. He loves teaching children about citizenship and how to communicate about what they are reading, writing, and learning about. One of the things he appreciates most about teaching at the Center is the camaraderie between the faculty and how passionately those around him work to advocate for and teach children.
Some facts about Mr. Foote are he is tall, really tall.  He grew up in Texas, y’all.  He is a huge fan of the Gamecocks and Boston Red Sox.  When he was in Little League, he hit a home run in 4 straight games, true story.  He has a lovely wife and two small children.  He has read Curious George more times than he can count.  He enjoys cooking/grilling, playing sports, reading, writing, and hiking.  He created his own barbecue sauce, can’t say it’s good, but he did create it.  He loves comic book superheroes.  He tries to do something active daily.