Sara Wheeler, with over four decades of experience in the field of education, currently serves District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties in Columbia, South Carolina as the Director of Magnet Programs. Ms. Wheeler has been a teacher, magnet school teacher and administrator, Smaller Learning Communities Site Coordinator and Project Director for three MSAP funded grants.
Ms. Wheeler was the South Carolina Second Congressional District Coordinator for the Center for Civic Education, instrumental in providing quality law related education throughout the state. Named South Carolina Law Related Educator of the Year by the South Carolina State Bar Association, Ms. Wheeler was later named the National Middle School Law Related Educator of the Year by the American Lawyers Auxiliary.
In 2010, the South Carolina State Bar recognized Ms. Wheeler as Association Citizen of the Year; she recently received District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Vision in 2016, and Outstanding Leadership in 2017, among other accolades throughout her career.
A regular conference presenter regionally, and nationally, Ms. Wheeler holds a Master’s degree in education with certification in grades K-8 with a concentration in middle level education, K-12 gifted education and secondary social studies. Ms. Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and went on to do her graduate work at Armstrong State University, Savannah State University and the University of South Carolina. She received her certification in Gifted Education from West Georgia University in Carrollton, Georgia.
As a member of the Board of Directors for Magnet Schools of America, Sara has served as a Director at Large, Regional Director/Regional Chairperson, President-Elect, and now President.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.