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.
(803) 849-2465

Kirby Jerry

Kirby Jerry serves as the Assistant Director of Authorization 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

Joe Bowers

Joe Bowers joined the Institute in November, 2021, as the Coordinator of Authorization. Joe is very active across South Carolina. He is involved in local and state politics, having worked on numerous political campaigns. Elected in 2014 as the top vote-getter of the four seats on the ballot, Bowers served for four years as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. James-Santee Constituent School District No. 1 of Charleston County. In 2016, he was appointed by the county superintendent of education to serve on the Charleston County School District’s Strategic Planning Committee. During his term on the school board, Joe served as a liaison to Wando High School, as well as, Chairman of the Districts No. 1 & 2 Joint Consolidation Proposal Committee. From 2017 to 2021 he worked at the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina, where he oversaw the association’s operations and provided support to schools, including conducting training and elections for charter school boards across the state.

A ninth-generation native South Carolinian, Joe has served on many boards and committees in local government. After attending Bishop England High School, Joe graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from The Citadel.

Joe strives to provide high-quality support to schools in order to ensure excellent public school options for students across the Palmetto State. Out of the office, Joe enjoys hiking and visiting the many historic sites across our state.
(803) 849-2264