The Charter Institute at Erskine is excited to offer the first ever Mentorship Program during the 2020-2021 schoolyear. This program will assist the new school leaders in the Institute’s portfolio to learn from an effective, experienced school leader who exemplifies the leadership qualities the Institute seeks to instill in all of its leaders. 

Introducing this year's mentor:
Mr. Mike Sinclair

Mr. Mike Sinclair will serve as the School Leader Mentor for the 2020-2021 School Year. Mr. Sinclair currently serves as the principal of Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, SC. He has held this position since 2006, when he opened the school with the charter planning board. Brashier is located on a satellite campus of Greenville Technical College and serves 440 students in grades 9-12 though the middle College model providing dual enrollment courses. The student body annually performs within the top 10 high schools in South Carolina and 97%-100% graduate on time each year.
Mike graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1993 with a BA in Psychology and received a M.Ed. from Furman University in Educational Leadership in 2002. In 2012 he was selected as the SC Charter Principal of the Year, and in 2013, received the prestigious Milken Educator Award.
As a teacher, Mr. Sinclair was positioned to lead many professional development opportunities and was convinced that the quality of the teachers serving students was the key to success. He left the classroom in 2000 to serve as an Instructional Coach, and was assigned as the principal of a middle school in 2002. That middle school would change his perspective and passion for serving students. Why should a middle school principal be able to predict with fairly good accuracy which students would not graduate and which students would attend college? As a Title I principal from a small textile town without a lot of job opportunities, this did not rest well with him.
Today, with 26 years of experience, Mike works closely with his staff to open opportunities for each of his students while working in state organizations and within state government pathways to challenge the traditional model of education and share his passion that every student is “Worth It”.