Dr. Vashti K. Washington is a native of Charleston, SC and has spent more than 37 years serving children and families in public education in rural and urban school districts (Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester 2, Dorchester 4, Charleston and Jasper Counties) in South Carolina.
Her years of early learning began at Sanders-Clyde Elementary and C. A. Brown High Schools. Growing up in the inner city of Charleston prepared Dr. Washington for her future. She was one of several African American students that integrated the Baptist College of Charleston in the early 70s , where she completed a B.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Vocal Performance. The school changed its name to Charleston Southern in the late 80s. Dr. Washington continued her education and graduated with an M.Ed. in Early childhood Education from the College of Charleston and an advanced degree from The Citadel in School Administration. She received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Washington utilized her love for teaching and music to spark an interest in learning in students from grades K-8, Alternative School and Adult Education. In addition to her fourteen years as a class room teacher, she served as an assistant principal,principal and alternative school director. Dr. Washington continued her role in school leadership and served as an Associate Superintendent in Charleston, SC where she supervised 22 schools that were a combination of inner city, suburban and rural. She is proud of the fact that during her administration, learning communities were established across the county. Prior to the learning communities, schools worked in silos. The learning communities included monthly articulation sessions with schools across the county that served a very diverse population based on race and economics.
Dr. Washington continued her love of teaching and leadership and took the helm of Superintendent of the Jasper County School District, where she served for six years.
On June 17, 2015, Dr. Washington lost her beloved husband Bryan and retired from the Jasper County School District in December, 2015.
During her 37 years of service , Dr. Washington has received numerous awards, for her work in the field of education. To name a few: Rural Educator of the Year, Paul Harris Fellow Award, recognized by the South Carolina General Assembly, Town of Hardeeville,SC;Jasper County Council, Administrator of the Year for the SC Office Professionals Association. In addition, she loves singing and is a member of the Charleston Symphony Gospel Choir; the choir performs locally, in the US and abroad. She is also a member of the Sanctuary choir at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, SC. Dr. Washington is also a public speaker and is frequently asked to participate on programs that empower others.
She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Royal Foundation, a non profit charitable organization. During her respite, she enjoys traveling and visiting with her grandchildren. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of three.
Dr. Washington is excited to become a part of an organization like SCORS and desires to make a difference in supporting rural systems in South Carolina. She believes that if rural school systems work together their voices will be heard for the children!