Meet Our Team
Dr. Khalil Graham
Founding Executive Director
Khalil is a seasoned educator in the South and has a strong track record of success in underserved communities. Not only has he worked in South Carolina as a consultant for a charter school, but he 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 and then went on to get a Master’s in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University and then his 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 leader. He began his career in education as a teacher from 2006-2011. He then moved on to higher education and taught at the University of Kentucky. After this he made a leap to high performing charter schools and was a school leader at YES Prep, IDEA Public Schools and Friendship Charter Schools.
As a founding College Prep Principal, his district was awarded 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 from his experience in school leadership.
Dr. Trevor T. Ivey
Chief of Staff
Trevor Ivey has 13 years of K-12 and higher education experience, as a Title 1 teacher who pushed students to achieve unprecedented levels of academic and personal growth, to principal and assistant principal of Willow Drive Elementary and Alice Drive Middle, from the Director of Teacher Recruitment and Retention for Sumter School District to a district ADEPT 4.0 & 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, Dr. Ivey 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.