Our Staff

Jen Gibson

Executive Director

843-747-2223 ext. 102


Holland Clayton

Data Director

843-747-2223 ext. 103


Rachel Knights

Administrative Director

843-747-2223 ext. 106


Dr. Christen Warrington-Broxton

Adult Basic Education Director

843-747-2223 ext. 103 


Nell Stone

English as a Second Language Director

843-747-2223 ext. 107


Sharon Marr  

ESL Instructor


Sharon has served as an English As a Second Language instructor at Trident Literacy since 2019. Sharon began her career teaching honors biology, ocean science, and physics at the high school level for several years. Sharon's interest in working with non-native English learners grew over the years, and she pursued a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as completed 30 credits towards a Master's program in Curriculum and Instruction at Chapman University in Victorville, California. Sharon began teaching ESL in 2007, at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Caroline McKinney

ESL Instructor


Caroline is currently serving in her eighth year of teaching English as a Second Language classes at Trident Literacy. With a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina and certification as a TEFL instructor, Caroline has experience teaching every English proficiency level. She specializes in pronunciation training for non-native English speakers. During her time at Trident Literacy, Caroline has taught in both the traditional classroom and online platforms. Finally, she is a self-professed grammar nerd, and her love of language and ESL instruction have led her to become fluent in French and Spanish. 

Allison Park

ESL Instructor


In 2019, Allison graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in French. In 2021, she earned a master’s degree in Second Language Instruction from Troy University. Allison undertook Korean studies at Hongik University in Korea for two semesters to expand her language expertise. Allison then undertook ESL tutoring in higher education for four years, in which capacity she provided instruction for individuals with unique and varied language learning needs. Allison loves meeting her students and learning about each one's home country, culture, and language as they grow together in the classroom. 

Emel Ibryam

ESL Instructor


Emel hails from Bulgaria, where she lived and taught for several years before immigrating to the United States. After earning a master's degree in English Philology at Shuman University in Bulgaria, she taught English as a Second Language to middle school students for a period of 11 years. Following her relocation to the United States in 2010, she pursued a degree in paralegal studies at Trident Technical College. Emel works as a paralegal on weekdays and dedicates her weeknights and Saturday mornings to online and in-person ESL instruction at Trident Literacy. 

Spencer Harvey  

ESL Instructor


Following a 25-year career as an executive in the high tech industry, Spencer pursued his longtime interest in teaching. He earned a master's degree in education from Fitchburg State University (Massachusetts) and proceeded to teach middle school for nearly 15 years. During his time as a middle school instructor, Spencer earned certification in Sheltered English Instruction and led his school's effort to develop curriculum for non-English speaking students. Spencer moved to Charleston in 2022 to indulge his passion for year-round outdoor activities, including golf, tennis, and cycling. He enjoys teaching ESL classes in basic- and intermediate-level instruction at Trident Literacy. 

Chris Hairfield  

ESL Instructor


Chris Hairfield, Ph.D., is a registered nurse and dedicated educator with a passion for serving his community. Currently on faculty at MUSC’s College of Nursing, Chris’ journey in healthcare began in 2006 as part of the MUSC Clinical Associate Apprenticeship Program. He earned an associate's degree in Nursing (ADN) from Trident Technical College. While working as a frontline nurse, he went on to earn his BSN and MSN from Western Governor’s University and a Ph.D. in Nursing Education from Walden University. Chris also holds a post-master’s Certificate in Adult Online Education. During the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Chris assumed a leadership role at the MUSC Health COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site, where his responsibilities included education and overseeing daily operations. Chris is committed to supporting the mission of Trident Literacy Association as a volunteer instructor. 

Tessa Ortiz  

ESL Instructor


Stephanie Valdez  

ESL Instructor