Dr. Khalil Graham

Executive Director



Khalil Graham is a seasoned educator in the South and has a strong track record of success in underserved communities. He has worked in South Carolina as a consultant for a charter school and also has family in the area. He has been a STEAM principal and knows how well students can do when given access to the type of curriculum that the STEAM education provides. He is passionate about the Sumter STEAM model and eager to work with the community to balance the academic rigor of a school with the needs of the community. 

Khalil received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University, and a doctorate in Education from the University of Kentucky. He also completed an Urban School Leadership Certificate from Harvard University.

He has extensive experience in the education space and specifically with high-performing charter networks as both a teacher and a leader. He began his career in education as a teacher from 2006-2011 and then moved on to higher education and taught at the University of Kentucky. He made a leap to charter schools and was a leader at YES Prep, IDEA Public Schools, and Friendship Charter Schools.

As a founding College Prep Principal, his district was awarded the 2016 District-Broad Prize as the Most Outstanding Charter School Network in the Country in the leadership of 500+ students. He was also awarded 10 TEA Distinctions throughout his 15-year leadership career. After serving as a principal, he moved into a managing director role with Aspiring Leaders programs at the Teaching Trust. He also has experience with budget management, grant writing, and fundraising.


Dr. Trevor T. Ivey, NBCT

Chief of Staff



Trevor Ivey has 13 years of K-12 and higher education experience as a Title I teacher who pushed students to achieve unprecedented levels of academic and personal growth. He has also served as principal and assistant principal of Willow Drive Elementary, Alice Drive Middle, as a director of Teacher Recruitment and Retention for Sumter School District, and district ADEPT 4.0 and SLO trainer. This Top Teacher — locally and for the state — led 46 teachers to pursue National Board Certification and organized the STEM Professional Learning Community: 10 schools working to obtain the AdvancED STEM Certification.

​A public school graduate, Trevor holds education degrees from the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University and Harvard University and is National Board Certified. His dissertation focused on measuring STEM literacy by assessing changes over time in students’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions. He serves on the USC Alumni Association Council, Central Carolina Technical College Foundation Board and is an Evening Optimist. He serves on the state’s School Improvement Council and completed the SC Education Policy Fellowship. His research interests include teacher quality, educational policy, STEM education, and family engagement.


Dixie DuRant

Managing Director of Operations


Dixie DuRant started her 11-year career in education working with a national education non-profit called City Year. She started as an AmeriCorps Member and worked for a year in East Harlem, which is one of the many underserved communities in New York City.  She then served four schools and held the role of Team Leader, Program Manager and Senior Program Manager during her time there. 

In 2016, she moved home to South Carolina where she spent five years working in North Charleston with Meeting Street Schools. She started at Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood as the Operations Manager and Director of Operations then was a founding leadership member of the newest Meeting Street School, Meeting Street Elementary @Burns. She was the Director of Operations and later the Senior Director of Operations and Network School Operations Liaison.


She did school-based operations as well as supported the other three Meeting Street Schools with network communication, operations processes and procedures and professional development. During her time with MSS she supported MSE@Brentwood growing from a PK-3rd grade school to a PK-8th grade school and MSE@Burns growing from PK-2nd grade to PK-6th grade. She also served as the Title 1 Director, DSS Director and was a member of the Be A Mentor program. 

Dixie was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree from Clemson University in Sociology. She joined the LSC tam in September 2021. 


Tyler Hamilton

Network Office Executive Assistant


I chose to work with the LSC family because of the passionate people working diligently for Sumter's first public Charter School. The commitment the team has to their community is truly inspiring. I am honored to be a part of this team that is making such a positive impact for the residents and students of Sumter!