Liberty Talent Insider

May 2022 Updates from our Talent Team

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In this Issue...

Meet our Founding Team, 5 Very Important Points, Overview of the Educational Model, Career Opportunities, Founding Team Member Spotlights, Day in the Life of an LSC Teacher, Welcome to Liberty for New Families Video, Signing up for Talent Info Sessions, Organizational Updates Featuring our a few of our Academy Initiatives, Curriculum, School Partnerships, the 22-23 Calendar & Much More!
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Liberty Steam Charter School

What Makes LSC Different?

LSC aims to create transformational opportunities for scholars across Sumter (SC) through a rigorous "whole scholar" approach. Our personalized learning academies will position us as a leader for educational equity in the country, and, in time, will harness their collective impact to meet the needs of thousands of historically underserved students in Sumter. Our model is innovative and unlike any other locally available. Key distinguishing features include a high-quality standards-based curriculum (Eureka & EL), longer school day & year, significant exposure to enrichment activities, two teachers in all classrooms with smaller classroom sizes, a comprehensive MTSS model to ensure the needs of all scholars are being met, extended day activities, and an innovative high school model with a set of learning PATHWAYS designed to link project-based learning and student connections to STEAM career pathways.
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May 1 // Cultural Highlight
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What's it like to be a scholar at LSC?

At LSC, we are dreaming BIG because the stakes are HIGH...after all, our scholars will only get one shot at a K-12 education! The two images below illustrate a scholar's K-12 journey at LSC. Check out the key focus areas and expected student competencies for each grade level.
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April 25 // Cultural Highlight
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What's it like to be a part of the LSC team and family?

LSC founders are believers and fighters committed to giving children – no matter their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or where they live – the tools needed to reach their full potential. To be "#LibertyStrong" means we are spending each and every day ensuring that, no matter what, our scholars are in an environment where they will develop good character, be challenged academically, and succeed on their road to and through college and career. LSC has committed itself to designing strong systems & structures that allow the best teachers to continually hone their craft. We invite you to join this dynamic movement!


2022-23 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Lead Teacher - Primary Academy

Facilities Assistant (Part-Time - Primary Academy

Managing Director of Academics - Network Team

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Founding Parent Spotlight

Let's meet Chadwick & Monique Simon, the proud parents of Chase - a kindergarten scholar from the Terrific Transformers - Class of 2034!

  1. What attracted you to LSC? LSC is not just accountable to the scholars, but also to the parents and community. LSC has so much to offer - a strong curriculum that emphasizes STEM, smaller classroom sizes, & a diverse atmosphere. We chose LSC, because we wanted a new learning experience for our son - one that would prepare him for a successful future.
  2. Why do you believe LSC is the best fit for your child? LSC is the best fit for Chase, because LSC has allowed him to fully maximize his learning abilities in ways that is obliging him to the classroom. He has excelled tremendously! Chase is always excited about learning, because his teachers keep him motivated - they make learning fun, unique, and give us strategies to help him at home have a better understanding of the concepts. LSC is big on showing how proud they are of their scholars in and out of the classroom. They push Chase and all the other scholars to strive for greatness.

  3. What has your child enjoyed the most since attending LSC? Chase loves everything about LSC. I would say LSC is the place to be. There is always something fun going on, but Chase enjoys learning Spanish and going to his STEM classes the most. He loves his classmates. His two proudest moments have been being recognized at the weekly culture celebration, which was a big deal for him. Secondly, he loves gardening. He was so excited to take care of his seedling at home & watch it grow. It taught him to be responsible (learning is always involved). I can say Chase is happy to be an Eagle.

  4. What would you share with those looking to be involved with LSC by donating time or resources? It's a donation that will carry on from generation to generation. You would be helping LSC to provide opportunities to our scholars & community that will aid them to have a chance at a brighter future. Think of it as a gift that keeps on giving

LSC Uses Project-Based Curricula

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Founding Parent Spotlight


Let’s meet Teshia Thames and her first-grade scholar, Malachi from the Wondrous Woof Pack - Class of 2033!


  1. What attracted you to LSC? When I heard that we had a Charter School coming to town, I knew that this was his opportunity to learn new and better things. I have nothing against traditional public schools - I just loved the fact that LSC is a smaller school setting which my baby would do better in. And it was free, because I am a single parent and I dont think I could ever afford to send my kids to a private school. The Liberty experience is like going to a private school; so im very GRATEFUL that my baby got into LSC.
  2. Why do you believe LSC is the best fit for your child? LSC is the best fit for my child, because the school is smaller and he can learn easier. They hold the kids accountable and Im a strong beliver of kids knowing and understanding the concepts of school and how he/she should act while attending.
  3. What has your child enjoyed the most since attending LSC? Malachi says he enjoys going to his STEM classes, but he loves them all. He really loves the play ground. And he liked being the Scholar of the Week to get his golden shirt. He also likes meeting new kids.
  4. What would you share with those looking to become involved with LSC by donating time or resources? If you are willing to donate your time or resources to LSC, I would say it would be well worth your dollars or time. You won’t regret it. They definitely give back to the kids and community. I love this school and the staff.
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Proud to Partner with 6 Game-Changing Organizations

Founding Lead Teacher Named District TOY Finalist

Congratulations to Lead Teacher Shasta Smith on being named one of five finalists for the SC Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year Distinction! Shasta holds advanced education degrees and brings nearly 10 years of teaching experience at both the primary and elementary level across several different states. She started her teaching career in a charter school and was previously selected as the 2018 Sumter School District Teacher of the Year. According to Dr. Khalil Graham, Executive Director, “Shasta is a professional educator who has honed her skills and daily provided students and staff with maximum opportunities to learn, grow, apply and succeed. She possesses all of the knowledge, skills, and characteristics required to effectively fulfill the expectations and responsibilities of SCPCSD teacher of the year.” Shasta also serves as an adjunct instructor with the USC Aiken at Sumter Teacher Education Program and is a first-year induction teacher mentor.”

LSC Welcomes 161 New Scholars for the 2022-23 School Year!

LSC Block Party

Classroom Spotlight - The Wondrous Woofpack

This newsletter's Classroom Spotlight shines brightly on our 1st grade Wondrous Woof Pack. Under the leadership of Lead Teacher Emily Hatfield & Teaching Fellow Alexis Kelley, scholars in this class are growing their brains so much, recently learning about place value, shapes, time, and informational text and writing! The Wondrous Woof Pack has been implementing technology to engage scholars in reading & math actively. These scholars have enjoyed various activities on Zearn and BrainpopJr. to reinforce classroom instruction from their teachers as well as leveled reading time on Raz Kids.



Along with academics, the Wondrous Woof Pack is working hard each and every day to build a strong classroom community and to display the three core values of LSC (Power of Team, Growth Mindset, and Stand of Up and Own It). The Wondrous Woof Pack enjoys singing, dancing, reading books, and working hard! Each and every one of our scholars in the Wondrous Woof Pack has made so much growth and we cannot wait to watch them blossom in second grade! Keep up the hard work Wondrous Woof Pack!

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Founding Parent Spotlight

Meet Michael & Jamie Lotts, proud parents of founding kindergarten scholar - Henry from the Fearless Founders - Class of 2034!



  1. What attracted you to LSC? We were first drawn to Liberty because of their emphasis on science, technology, and math. We are both nurses and use these skills on a daily basis. Naturally, Henry has gravitated to those things as well, and we felt that by putting him in a school that focuses on STEAM he would be more successful and engaged in learning. We also liked that the focus on career and college starts early for scholars. With the job market and college acceptance being so competitive, we want Henry to have all the options available to him so that he can make the best decision for his future.
  2. Why do you believe LSC is the best fit for your child? LSC is a great fit for Henry because the school is small, and it really feels like a family. Every person we come in contact with knows Henry by name. It amazes us how much he has already learned and grown in kindergarten. He is learning Spanish, martial arts, reading, and so much more! We truly believe we could not get this kind of quality education in the public school system. We are also impressed by the relationships we have with our teachers and administrators. They really listen to parents and their concerns and it feels good to be involved in our child's education.
  3. What has your child enjoyed the most since attending LSC? Henry loves his classmates and his teachers. They truly care about him. He is really enjoying learning Spanish and his STEAM classes. Liberty makes learning fun for students. They work hard and play hard!
  4. What would you share with those looking to become involved with LSC (enrolling their scholar, donating time/resources, etc.)? LSC has been an amazing addition to our community. It gives parents another choice for their children when it comes to education. We feel blessed and honored to be a part of this wonderful school. We would and have recommended it to anyone looking for something better for their child. We are excited to be an LSC founding family and look forward to the years ahead!

About Us

Liberty STEAM Charter, a world-class, college and career-focused public charter school that focuses on project-based & personalized learning through STEAM pathways currently serves 192 founding scholars in grades K-1, with plans to add 2nd grade in the 2022-23 school year. We are looking for fiercely passionate individuals to join our founding team of lead teachers at LSC's Primary Academy (Grades K-2) who are self-motivated and committed to a process of continual improvement. LSC has committed itself to designing the important systems and structures that will allow the best teachers to take their game to the next level. LSC invites you to join this dynamic movement.