Mariann Carter is a trained and experienced Elementary and Secondary Educational Leader and a renowned teacher in South Carolina for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. As a National Board Certified Teacher – Retired, she has vast experience as a hearing specialist, as well as multiple certifications that bring a wealth of knowledge into the planning, teaching and coaching experience when developing an appropriate educational plan for a child. As a motivated and inspiring educator, she has taught at the pre-school through college level. Mariann also has served at the state and national levels for the Office of Exceptional Children in South Carolina as well as served children and young adults throughout South Carolina schools. Carter has over 16 years of teaching experience at schools for the deaf, public schools, college level training programs and educational leadership.
Mariann graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's in Special Education in 1999 and as a fortunate Grant Recipent, completed her Master's Degree in Deaf Education in 2000. In continuing to grow and develop skills to assist a multitude of special needs students, Carter pursued a Masters in the area of Educational Leadership and completed her program in May 2011. Carter proudly and humbly serves as the Lead Consultant for Carter Hears!
In addition to coaching and educating, Mariann develops, delivers and assesses academic training programs and helps schools and families analyze and determine needs. She has and is well-versed in finding research options, planning strategy, resolving problems and conflicts to achieve aggressive goals. She also presents and lectures nationally and has served on several state and national organizational boards.
Carter resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her husband, Rev. Richard Carter, and their three children.
Amy Whitworth has triple certification in the areas of teaching deaf and hard of hearing students, special education, and elementary education. She graduated from Converse College in 1998, having completed her student teaching at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind in Spartanburg, SC, and taught deaf and hard of hearing students in Clover, South Carolina, for four years before leaving the field to become a stay-at-home mom. Amy continued to be involved in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students during this interim period by serving as a substitute sign language interpreter in the Clover School District as needed, as well as assuming the role of long-term substitute for the teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in Clover during that teacher's maternity leave. She returned to the field in 2010 on a full-time basis as a sign language interpreter and assistant to Mariann Carter in the Fort Mill School District, eventually assuming the role of Itinerant Teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Fort Mill in 2013. Amy has a passion for working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing and in honoring her late grandfather’s memory, who grew up deaf in rural Mississippi with few services and little opportunity for advancement. She believes strongly in the importance of educating others about hearing loss, strengthening self-advocacy skills in students, and providing access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to language, communication, instruction, and services so that they may reach their full potential and compete in today’s society. Amy is fluent in sign language, has experience working with students who utilize hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM technology, and Classroom Audio Distribution systems, as well as with students whose hearing loss is in addition to other learning needs and challenges. She has taught preschool through high school-aged students and hasn’t been able to pick a favorite age-range yet; they are all uniquely wonderful!
Linda Frazier has 30+ years teaching experience in the field of Deaf Education. During her career she has worked in different states serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from pre-kindergarten through the post-graduate level. She has experience working with children with a wide range of communication modes (manual to spoken), as well as experience with a wide variety of equipment – Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids, FM Systems, and Sound Field technology.
In addition to being a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Teacher Specialist, Linda has assisted in establishing and promoting the implementation of programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students within counties of South Carolina. Through working closely with the Directors of Special Education and other school personnel, she acted as the Hearing Consultant in assisting in the development of Oral and Total Communication (T.C.) programs as well as locating and interviewing teachers, interpreters, and para-professionals.
Linda was selected as the co-host for the fast-paced, montage presentation of the Sign Language television series, “On the Other Hand”. This was a collaborative production between the State Department of Education and SCETV. This American Sign Language series that was shown in most states which was designed to instruct, inform, and entertain. South Carolina also used the series to teach/train and re-certify educators across the state in the use of Sign Language, deaf culture, and deaf education. She facilitated the state re-certification Sign Language Course for educators in the low country for fourteen years. Linda has proudly worked with Carter Hears! since 2015.
Indiana University --- B.S. Degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology
University of Tennessee --- M.S. Degree in Deaf Education
In addition, Linda has well over 40 hours of post-graduate work from various institutions and continues to attend seminars on current topics in Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Education and Audiology.
Kandice Hunt is a triple certified teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing. Her passion for the deaf began with her older brother who is profoundly deaf. She graduated from Converse College in 2010. In November, 2018, Kandice graduated from the American College of Education with a Master’s in Education in Educational Leadership. Prior to working with Carter Hears, she worked for a public school district for six years, designed a hub program for students in need of intensive language instruction, and designed a sign language facilitator position. She has eight years of experience teaching deaf and hard of hearing students in pre-school through high school.
Kandice has a passion for early language development, supporting parents, and creating change. She especially enjoys watching her students grow in success over the years. She is fluent in sign language and is experienced in working with students who communicate through listening and speaking, multiple modalities, and American Sign Language. She also has extensive training in and works with various hearing technologies—hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems.
Kandice currently resides in Aiken, SC with her husband and family
Ann Lyles, MSP CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist based in Charleston, SC. Ann has had experience working with DHH children with goals of listening and spoken language in the natural environment, clinical, hospital and telepractice settings. She is currently pursuing her Listening and Spoken Language certification.
Ann is a double graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she pursued a specialization in Auditory-Verbal Therapy while earning her Masters degree. With this, she earned her Masters Plus 30 and completed specialized clinical placements and coursework focused on Auditory Verbal Therapy and Aural Rehabilitation. Ann now provides treatment in a 1:1 setting with patients as well as provides coaching to parents and professionals. Out of the variety of populations she has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist, she feels serving DHH children is one of the most rewarding. She enjoys engaging both families and professionals to create a comprehensive plan to help facilitate the child's language development.
In her free time, Ann enjoys running, cooking, teaching yoga, and spending a day at the beach with her husband Steven and cattle dog, Casey.
Cherry Patterson is passionate about helping deaf and hard of hearing students acquire language and become successful in their daily environments. As a young girl, Cherry was inspired by watching her church interpreter. She developed a love for the deaf and wanted to communicate with them through sign language. This dream led her to Trinity University in San Antonio, where she graduated with a degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired. She taught at a deaf school in Texas for five years before switching gears to homeschool her three daughters. In 2012, she returned to the field of Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, where she has since taught and interpreted in Aiken County.
She joined the Carter Hears! team in October, 2017.
Cherry and her husband, Robert, have three beautiful married daughters, three handsome sons-in-laws, and eight gorgeous grandchildren.
Leslie Eaton is a Fort Mill native and a Winthrop University graduate. She has her Bachelors of Sciences in Family and Child Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. Leslie has worked for the Fort Mill School District for the last eleven years; during her time there she has had the opportunity to learn and excel in a number of different positions. She has experience working with students in resource classrooms and inclusion settings, students with mild, moderate, and profound disabilities, medically fragile students, students in continuing education programs, and students that were deaf or hard of hearing. She loved every level and age group she helped teach. For five of her eleven years in the Fort Mill School District, Leslie worked with Mariann Carter on the hearing services team; during that time she discovered her passion for helping students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is so excited to be a part of the Carter Hears! family, and wholeheartedly believes in the company’s vision. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, travelling, going to plays and concerts, hiking, kayaking, and vacationing in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.
Aileen Welch is a native of the Bronx in New York City. She was born into a vibrant Spanish family and her first language is Spanish. Aileen started losing her hearing at the age of 4 and started learning English and Sign Language at that time. Having the best of both worlds, Aileen thrived in school. She went on to receive her B.S. degree in Professional and Technical Communications and her M.S. degree in Career and Human Resource Development, with a minor in social work, from The Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. While at college she met the love of her life, who went on to join the United States Navy. For 20 years Aileen followed her husband around various states…moving every few years… and acquiring 3 kids, a guinea pig with a skin condition, and a depressed fish along the way. After 20 years of long deployments and long separations the family is now enjoying retirement from the military. The family currently resides in Chapin, SC. Aileen is very excited to be a part of the Carter Hears! Team as she really believes in the company’s vision and what they are trying to accomplish. She is motivated and excited about doing her part and working together with the entire team.
Allen Sanderson is a Florence, SC native and Deaf educator with 9 years of experience serving Deaf/HH students at SC School for the Deaf and Blind (seven years as a certified English teacher in a high school setting and two years as an advisor). He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in Health and Wellness, yet through his love of the English language and opportunity at SCSDB, received his certification to teach English to the Deaf. In early 2020, Allen began pursuing his Master’s degree in Deaf Education, and to continue his professional growth, decided to join the Carter Hears! team as an itinerant teacher. He is a strong proponent for quality education for all Deaf/HH students.
All throughout life, Allen has endured deafness and understands the struggle of today’s Deaf/HH students. Perhaps as a seed that was planted years in advance, it was from an early age that an itinerant teacher took Allen under her wings and made sure he received the education he needed. In college, he met a Deaf roommate and became fluent in sign language. Since then, Allen has strongly advocated for the power of immersive storytelling.
Allen’s passion is to help engage and develop Deaf/HH students intellectually as well as promote character and life skills. He believes that all students have inherent skills in being a writer and that writing is one of the most fundamental means of understanding the world. For literacy and habits of reading, his views center around effective and responsible interaction with 21st century digital tools, meeting Deaf/HH students on common ground, and joining them on an exciting journey to make the shift from passive consumers to active creators.
Allen currently resides in Spartanburg, SC with his CODA wife, Ezelis, a Deaf daughter, and a lovely tuxedo cat. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, teaching his daughter sign language, and traveling the world with his wife to experience different cultures.
Carter Hears! is the Carolina's choice for Deaf education!