Who we are


ECM, a nonprofit based in Charleston, South Carolina, works with school districts, principals, teachers, and the local workforce to identify specific knowledge and skillsets all students should master before graduating high school. We hire and train local artists, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) professionals, and cultural organizations, called ECM Instructors, to work with teachers in grades K-12 to enhance student learning via arts integrated learning using innovation, ingenuity, and creativity.  Our goal is for every student to achieve academically, stay engaged in school and succeed in life while their teachers develop engaging teaching strategies like arts integration and entrepreneurship that foster communication, critical thinking, self-awareness, and future planning. Teachers and students report that ECM is a powerful model of success.


What we do

In School

ECM Coaches work with ECM Instructors and teachers to bring Engaged Learning Experiences (ELEs) into K-8th grade classrooms.


ECM is thrilled to be working with schools around the state of South Carolina in the afterschool space! We run a variety of programs for K-12 on topics including arts integration, STEAM, and entrepreneurship.

Summer Camp

ECM's Summer STEAM Institute (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) is a 6-week camp for rising k-8th graders designed to prevent summer learning loss.


In the fall of 2021, ECM merged with YEScarolina, a nonprofit that has helped thousands of students in grades 9-12 from communities statewide build business skills and fuel their entrepreneurial spirit.  This merger gives ECM the opportunity to provide a robust k-12 educational pipeline.  

Professional Development

ECM empowers and supports teachers by giving them the tools, confidence and skill level to successfully integrate the arts and light a spark in every one of their student's creative and innovative spirits.

School Grants

20% of net proceeds from our annual fundraiser, The Charleston Marathon, are awarded to teachers for Arts Integration projects.


Where we work

Berkeley County School District ELE Partners

H.E. Bonner Elementary
Principal Melissa Willis
171 Macedonia Foxes Cir, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Cainhoy Elementary
Principal LaWanda Glears
2434 Cainhoy Rd, Huger, SC 29450

Cane Bay Middle
Principal Carol Beckmann-Bartlett
1175 Cane Bay Blvd, Summerville, SC 29486

Daniel Island School (Elementary & Middle)
Principal Nancy Leigh
2365 Daniel Island Dr, Charleston, SC 29492

Howe Hall AIMS
Principal Chris Swetckie
115 Howe Hall Road
Goose Creek, SC 29445

Marrington Middle of the Arts
Principal Alison Thornley
109 Gearing St, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Sedgefield Middle School
Principal Heather Ducker
131 Charles B Gibson Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Whitesville Elementary
Principal Katie Taie
324 State Rd S-8-357, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Charleston County School District ELE Partners

AC Corcoran Elementary
Principal Johnathon Wideman
Vistavia Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406

Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary
Principal Timothy Sullivan
Wallace School Rd, Charleston, SC 29407

Carolina Park Elementary
Principal Michael Antonelli
3650 Park Ave Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466

Matilda F. Dunston Elementary
Principal Cheryl Savage
Remount Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406

James B. Edwards Elementary
Principal Robin Fountain
855 Von Kolnitz Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

James Simons Elementary Montessori School
Principal Elizabeth Dillenkoffer
741 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Jennie Moore Elementary
Principal Karen Felder
2725 Bulrush Basket Lane
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Ladson Elementary
Principal Janet Brown
3321 Ladson Road
Ladson, SC 29456

Murray-LaSaine Elementary Montessori School
Principal Meredith Wallace
691 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412

North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary
Principal Anne-Marie Murphy
5200 Lackawanna Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29405

Oakland Elementary
Principal Elizabeth Nicodin
505-A Arlington Dr, Charleston, SC 29414

Springfield Elementary
Principal Megan Williams
2130 Pinehurst Avenue
Charleston, SC 29414

Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary
Principal Michelle Conner
1565 Rifle Range Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Dorchester District Two ELE Partners

Alston-Bailey Elementary
Principal Vernisa Bodison
820 W 5th N St, Summerville, SC 29483

Alston Middle
Principal Michelle Leviner
500 Bryan Street
Summerville, SC 29483

Beech Hill Elementary
Principal Rene Harris
1001 Beech Hill Rd, Summerville, SC 29485

Charles B. DuBose Middle
Principal Ted Brinkley
1005 Dubose School Rd, Summerville, SC 29483

Eagle Nest Elementary
Principal Marcy Brown
8640 River Oaks Dr, North Charleston, SC 29420

Fort Dorchester Elementary
Principal Annette Pletcher
5201 Old Glory Ln, North Charleston, SC 29485

James H. Spann Elementary
Principal Shane Sanford
901 John McKissick Way, Summerville, SC 29483

Joe Pye Elementary
Principal Priscilla Johnson
9701 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29456

Newington Elementary
Principal Rachel Cubbage
10 King Charles Cir, Summerville, SC 29485

Oakbrook Elementary
Principal Kim Boutin
306 Old Fort Dr, Ladson, SC 29456

River Oaks Middle
Principal Jack Mansor
8642 River Oaks Drive
North Charleston, SC 29420

Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Principal Patrick Pye
1635 Beech Hill Rd, Summerville, SC 29485

Summerville Elementary
Principal Jeff Lagasca
835 S Main St, Summerville, SC 29483

William H. Reeves Elementary
Principal Natalie Hayes
1003 Dubose School Rd, Summerville, SC 29483

Windsor Hill Elementary
Principal Robert Neuner
8600 William Moultrie Dr, North Charleston, SC 29420