Christy Junkins

Christy Junkins holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction from Walden University. Before pursuing a graduate degree, Mrs. Junkins obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Limestone College. Mrs. Junkins has taught Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Science, Middle School Social Studies, all subjects in 5th Grade, and Gifted & Talented. Throughout her teaching career, she has served as Lead Teacher and Department Chair. She served as an Elementary Principal and the Superintendent of one of the largest K-12 charter schools in the State of South Carolina. While as a teacher, Mrs. Junkins spent three years working with the S2tem Centers on Inquiring Minds: Reading to Learn and Innovate in Mathematics and Science Research Project. She has presented at several conferences including the SC Council of Mathematics Teachers and the IQMS Regional Conference. As an Elementary Principal and the Superintendent, Mrs. Junkins helped her school secure a multimillion-dollar bond. She maintained a multimillion-dollar budget, as well as wearing many different hats such as Textbook Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, Federal Programs Coordinator, etc. With her educational background and her experience, she strives to provide the Charter Institute at Erskine and its schools the best educational journey possible. Her goal is to be better today than yesterday by constantly improving her leadership and practices.


Phone: (803) 849-2465

Kirby Jerry

Kirby Jerry serves as the Charter Authorization Coordinator at The Charter Institute at Erskine. She started her career in charter education at the South Carolina Public Charter School District working under their former Director of Federal Programs – now current Director of the Charter Institute at Erskine – Mr. Vamshi Rudrapati. After joining the Institute as a School Compliance Coordinator under Federal Programs, she transitioned into the Authorization Department to continue broadening her knowledge of the charter process.
(803) 849-2328

Grace Rubenzer

Grace Rubenzer is the Institute Support Coordinator for the Charter Institute at Erskine. While she is now enrolled as a student at the University of South Carolina, Grace attended charter schools throughout elementary and middle school.

Prior to working for the Institute, Grace received her high school diploma from Boiling Springs Highschool and the Scholars Academy at USC Upstate, graduating at the top of her class. Today, she studies as a double major in Psychology and History at the University of South Carolina.
(803) 849-2464