Public Education Partners, a nonprofit education advocacy group based in Greenville, has announced an interim president and CEO with the announcement that Ansel Sanders is stepping down from the post.

Public Education Partners is an independent organization that works with Greenville County Schools on various mentoring programs, grants, and other work to support education and the teaching profession.

Angel Whaley, PEP’s vice president of advancement, will step into the interim role Monday and continue to serve after Sanders leaves at the end of June. The organization said it will use the Greenville-based firm Find Great People to aid in the search process.

Sanders has led the agency for more than two years after the previous CEO, Grier Mullins, retired in December of 2016. He joined PEP in 2015 as an associate director.

Public Education Partners
ANSEL SANDERS. Photo provided.

“Public Ed Partners has a strategic clarity — we’ve got a great team in place, strong board, a lot of community support,” Sanders said. “So it makes me feel good about the health of the organization and the position and direction of the organization.”

Sanders said it’s bittersweet leaving the organization. In the fall, he’ll teach English at Woodberry Forrest School, a private, all-boys boarding high school about 34 miles north of Charlottesville in Virginia.

“I went there for four years, and those were four of the most formative years of my life because of the school,” Sanders said.

Sanders said he’s both excited and nervous about his return to teaching — he previously taught eighth grade English in 2007.

“I love the relationship that comes with being a teacher,” Sanders said. “The ability to build really healthy relationships and leverage those relationships to bring great learning and growth opportunities for kids.”

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