During the June 4, 2019 Board Meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board approved the promotion of Liza Speece, PH.D., to the position of world languages coordinator.
Previously the district’s world languages teacher support specialist, Speece assisted world languages teachers with teaching and planning, coordinated professional development and collaborated with principals to deliver high-quality learning experiences.
Speece began her career as a Spanish teacher for two years at Rice Creek Elementary, before moving to the secondary level to teach Spanish at Columbia College for four years. Following a year as an ESOL teacher for adult international students and graduate teaching assistant supervising student teachers at the University of South Carolina, Speece joined Lexington District One in 2014.
She taught third grade Spanish partial immersion at Pleasant Hill Elementary for one year before her promotion to world languages teacher support specialist. She also teaches graduate courses for teachers of ESOL and world languages through USC and College of Charleston.
Speece received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Spanish and doctorate in language and literacy, specializing in content area literacy, both from USC.
Co-founder of Latinos Educated and Empowered Through Reading, Speece earned Spanish PK–12 certification as well as Read to Succeed Literacy Teacher endorsement. In addition to her role as president-elect of the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers’ Association, she is an active member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Southern Conference on Language Teaching and National Council of Teachers of English.