Carolyn Donelan


Carolyn is a graduate of Sumter High School and an alumna of the University of South Carolina, where she earned an Associate Degree in computer science, a Bachelor of Science in biology (cognate in chemistry), a Master of Arts in Teaching biology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in science education. She has been a certified educator for over 23 years and currently works full-time for Richland County School District One (RCSD1) as the Lead Flight Director of the Challenger Learning Center and part-time as an adjunct faculty member of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina.

The Challenger Learning Center of RCSD1 is an aeronautics and space-themed educational program—a field-study destination for school groups and a summer camp destination for children interested in aviation, robotics, rocketry, and space science. The Center’s Aerospace Education Laboratory is a 24-station state-of-the-art computer lab where each student in the class can “fly” their own simulator, staffed by full-time Certified Flight Instructors.

Carolyn is currently a member of the Palmetto State Teachers Association, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, EAA Chapter 242, and the S.C. Aviation Association.