Wendy Burgess is a
n Anderson One veteran educator and state-level education advocate who has been an active community member in the Anderson One area for more than twenty one years. Wendy graduated from Lander University with a double major in elementary education and early childhood development. She earned a Master’s degree in Special Education in 2005 from Clemson University where she graduated with a 4.0. She also earned a second Master’s Degree in administration and leadership from Clemson University in 2008. In addition, Wendy obtained her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2005 and 2015.
Wendy brings a very diverse leadership background with her including classroom, building, and state level leadership. Wendy was one of the initial reading coaches in the state charged with the implementation of the Read to Succeed legislation signed by Governor Nikki Haley in 2014. As a result of Wendy’s commitment to early learning and literacy, she was soon hired at the South Carolina Department of Education as team leader for Early Learning. As part of her work and advocacy, Wendy has served on numerous task forces and state level initiatives including the South Carolina Partnership for Inclusion, Family Engagement, BUILD Birth thru Five Systems, Pyramid Model, Multi-tiered System of Supports, and numerous other state level implementations.
Wendy’s focus is to ensure that district level communication is upfront and transparent. She also plans to strengthen family engagement by encouraging opportunities for families to actively participate in decision-making opportunities related to their child’s education and district decisions. She is further committed to equal and equitable access for all students to resources across the district.
Wendy is extremely proud of her family. She is married to the Honorable Rockey D. Burgess, Williamston Town Councilman Ward Two, who is a 1993 Palmetto graduate and successful business owner. They have three beautiful children. Austin is a graduate of Palmetto High School who is currently at The Citadel studying political science and pre law. Their two girls, Sophi and Channing, are students at Cedar Grove Elementary. The Burgess family invests daily in the Anderson One community.
In her spare time, Wendy enjoys traveling, swimming, and reading.