Kayla McCombs graduated from the College of Charleston in 2017 with a B.S in Elementary Education. In 2019, she obtained her Master Degree in STEAM from Clemson University. Kayla has been teaching in Dorchester District Two at Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School for five years. Kayla states that her husband, Matt McCombs is her biggest supporter. They have two children, Hayden & Brenton and they spend a lot of time outdoors together, going to their daughter’s softball games, swimming at the lake, going on walks, and having cookouts with family and friends.
As an educator Kayla has always strived to make learning meaningful for her students, to guide them into their own understanding, and opinions so they can begin to use and create their own knowledge. She began working with The Citadel as their lead communication person for Windsor Hill in 2018 with a focus on implementing the Mobile Maker Kits and to inform, educate and lead teachers on using these kits in their classrooms. Along with leading other teachers, she was implementing these Mobile Maker Kit lessons in her own classroom and was amazed to see what her students could create. After a year of using the Mobile Maker Kits, the focus changed to Making CT and she has been incorporating CT into her teaching for the last two years. Along with The Citadel partnership, this summer Kayla received 30 hours of CEU’s from the Computer Science Teachers Association during a Computer Science Professional Development. During this PD, she was able to unpack the Computer Science and Computational Thinking standards in grades K-8.
Kayla McCombs, “It is because of Clemson, The Citadel and the CSTA that I am able to offer my students the type of teaching and learning that I have always aspired to give.”