MEET DARLENE 

"The Rural Solution: Rejuvenating Rural Education"

Darlene Dunmeyer-Roberson is running to represent District 8 constituents and families across Charleston County on the

Consolidated School Board.

Born and raised in Hollywood, SC., Darlene is the daughter of Betty Jean Dunmeyer and grand-daughter of the late Alma Dunmeyer-Mitchell. Her family history is deeply rooted in Hollywood and the surrounding low country areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a young age, her mother and grandmother instilled in her the importance of integrity and service to others. Darlene served her country for over 20 years as the spouse of a Naval Officer. After the last assignment at the Pentagon, Darlene returned to Hollywood, SC—the place she has always called home.

Darlene is a proud product of Charleston County School District 23, where she excelled in the classroom and in many extracurricular activities. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Urban Education with a specialization in School Counseling from Norfolk State University.

 

Darlene has always known public education to be a force for good. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Darlene made the conscious decision to call Charleston County her forever home and dedicate her life to strengthening the community through public service.

 

Darlene’s 36 years of professional experience includes several positions and roles in education and counseling. She has worked for the South Carolina State Department of Social Services where she was responsible for writing policy and guidelines for Medicaid eligibility and an Educational Consultant for children in Foster Care. Darlene also worked as an Education Specialist for The Navy College Program, and an Instructional Specialist for the Department of Defense teaching 5th grade students. In the sector of public education, she has worked as a licensed professional School Counselor and a Director of School Counseling Programs. In those roles, her team collaborated to design systems and structures to increase levels of equity, parental involvement, and school community relationships.

 

Currently, she’s the CEO of Next Level Educational Services, LLC where she provides Educational Consulting services to educational and state agencies. Since permanently returning home in 2019, she’s worked with North Charleston High School and St. John’s High School, providing leadership training to administrators, directors of counseling and counseling staff members. Through this experience, Darlene saw the endless possibilities for good when compassionate, highly qualified leaders are equipped with proper resources.

Darlene is the recipient of numerous educational awards and citations, among the many are the Minerva Award for Service to Youth in Education and a Certificate of Achievement from the Chairman of the School Board and the Superintendent of Schools, Prince William County Public Schools, signifying her reputation for quality professional work among her peers. 

Professional Memberships:

  • Palmetto State School Counselor Association

  • University of South Carolina Alumni Association, Life Member

  • Baptist Hill High School Alumni Association, Silver Member

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Life Member

Darlene has also served as Team Captain for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Manassas, VA and Charleston, SC and Walk to End Alzheimers, Manassas, VA and Charleston, SC.

Darlene is a 5-year Breast Cancer Survivor. Married for 32 years to a retired Naval Officer. They have a son who is a combat war-veteran, a daughter-in-love, and a Labradoodle grand-puppy, Teddy.

As an educator, a counselor and consultant, Darlene has been listening to the people’s concerns for the entirety

of her professional life. She understands the issues of this district because she has witnessed them and lived

through them. Darlene will bring a bold new voice to District 8 and the Charleston County School District

Consolidated School Board and will be ready to lead on day one.

 

I hope I can earn your support in this election, so I can fight for you and your children’s current and future

educational needs.

 

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Darlene and her mother, Betty Jean

Darlene and her mother, Betty Jean Dunmeyer

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