Ansel Sanders

President & CEO


Ansel is the President & CEO of Public Education Partners in Greenville County and brings more than 12 years of experience as an educator to PEP.

As part of his responsibilities, Ansel helps direct and implement strategic planning and capacity-development efforts to position PEP for the future. He currently leads and manages PEP’s role in OnTrack Greenville, the GATE Teacher Residency program and the Make Summer Count research study.

Ansel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (B.A.) from Washington and Lee University, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Johns Hopkins University, Education Specialist in School Leadership (M.A.T+30) from Furman University and recently completed a Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining PEP in June 2015, Ansel served as an 8th Grade ELA teacher in Baltimore; Administrative Assistant at Mauldin Middle School; Program Director at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in Greenville; Lead Planner at Dr. Phinnize J. Middle School in Greenville; and Director of Partnerships at the Tennessee Achievement School District in Memphis.

Outside the office, Ansel enjoys playing, exploring, and learning with his wife Helen, and their three daughters: Field, Walker, and Stuart. He loves sports and enjoys catching a game when he can, and is more than willing to hop in a pickup game.

Most Rewarding Aspect of Working with PEP

 The people

“It is rewarding and invigorating to daily interact and work with a diverse cross-section of our community – educators and non-educators – who passionately share a common goal of doing right by Greenville’s kids.”