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Dr. Marilyn J. Izzard,

Director of Upstate Education Programs

USC Upstate Education Programs

Dr. Izzard is a professor and the Director of the School of Education for USC-Upstate (Sumter campus) for the past 14 years. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 30 years as a teacher's aide and teacher in the public schools, lead teacher and director of child development centers on college campuses, teacher educator and early childhood state and national consultant. She is a past president of a state and district early childhood organization:  South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children and South Carolina Early Childhood Association. Presently she serves on the board of 2 major state early childhood organizations as community Outreach Chair (SCECA) and Student Support (SCAEYC).She is also a former board member of the SCATE organization, a Higher Education organization.   

Dr. Izzard has served on the First Steps and Success by Six Boards of Sumter County. She presently serves on the board of the Sumter Community Foundation and is a member of a School Improvement Council in the Sumter district. As an honorary member of the Kiwanians of Sumter, Dr. Izzard was instrumental in organizing the first K-kids program in Sumter schools. She also organized and implemented the 1st "Girls on the Run" clubs in the Sumter area with the assistance of the Upstate teacher education students on the Sumter Campus.

She has had varied experiences as a community storyteller and consultant. Dr. Izzard has also presented and shared her experiences and work at international, national and state conferences, as well as public schools. Marilyn delivers keynote speakers which are informative, upbeat and humorous. Her presentations generate instant impact on the relationship between teachers and students. Her audiences are instantly motivated to be better mentors in the community.

She has been honored as Teacher of the year at Benedict College and USC Spartanburg/Upstate's Teacher Education Programs. She has been honored as "Citizen of the Year" in her home town in Lancaster County. Recently she received the Helen Harley Service Award from South Carolina Early Childhood Association and the Rosemary Althouse Higher Education Award from Southern Early Childhood Association. Marilyn was also honored as Principal of the day at an area Sumter County School last semester. She also received in 2014 South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) Mentoring Award.

She is married to Odell Izzard and they have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and a grand dog name Ziggy.